SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life at SMU enhances the educational mission of the university through programming and services grounded in the United Methodist tradition.

We promote moral and ethical leadership development. Wednesday Worship at SMU is held via YouTube at 12:00 pm each Wednesday.

Operating as usual

10/28/2021

Perkins Fall Convocation

An amazing lineup filled awaits attendees at the Perkins Fall Convocation, November 15-16, 2021. With the theme, Speak Up! Stories for a New Day, the hybrid event features storytelling, music, dance, worship, conversation, top-notch resources and riveting speakers. Attend virtually or in-person at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Visit the event page for more information and to register here.

Click the names below to read preview Q&As with each of the Fall Convocation keynote speakers:

Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt Divinity School offers her take on the Parables of Jesus.

Lillian Daniel, pastor and author of When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Is Not Enough, discusses how the pandemic is changing the way we tell stories in church.

Patrick B Reyes, Chicano educator, administrator and institutional strategist, describes how closing the “purpose gap” means embracing life as a community.

More info at https://blog.smu.edu/perkins/fall-convo-qna/

Perkins Fall Convocation

An amazing lineup filled awaits attendees at the Perkins Fall Convocation, November 15-16, 2021. With the theme, Speak Up! Stories for a New Day, the hybrid event features storytelling, music, dance, worship, conversation, top-notch resources and riveting speakers. Attend virtually or in-person at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Visit the event page for more information and to register here.

Click the names below to read preview Q&As with each of the Fall Convocation keynote speakers:

Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt Divinity School offers her take on the Parables of Jesus.

Lillian Daniel, pastor and author of When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Is Not Enough, discusses how the pandemic is changing the way we tell stories in church.

Patrick B Reyes, Chicano educator, administrator and institutional strategist, describes how closing the “purpose gap” means embracing life as a community.

More info at https://blog.smu.edu/perkins/fall-convo-qna/

Photos from SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life's post 10/28/2021

Did you know?

Each spring, SMU students, faculty, staff, and community members journey through the Deep South to learn about the historical legacy and ongoing struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. This trip exposes participants to critical issues, people, and places related to the fight for racial justice in the United States.

Stay tuned! Application for Spring of 2022 will be available, via connect, soon.

Learn more about the Civil Right Pilgrimage at https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Undergraduate-Minors-and-Programs/Interdisciplinary-Studies/EHRP/Travel/CivilRights

10/27/2021

ACC Virtual Career Fair
October 28 from 10a - 5p

Learn more 👉https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=ddf19119-664c-4813-a036-ad4b00ef9941

ACC Virtual Career Fair
October 28 from 10a - 5p

Learn more 👉https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=ddf19119-664c-4813-a036-ad4b00ef9941

Photos from SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life's post 10/26/2021

The 4th Annual Interfaith Summit for Religious Freedom will be held on Friday, October 29th and is accessible via FREE livestream

About this event

Our amazing lineup of speakers includes interfaith leaders, federal judges, educators, journalists, legal experts, legislators, foundation heads, corporate executives, and religious leaders from a multitude of faith traditions.

Don’t miss out on topics ranging from human dignity, trending legal issues, equity & inclusion, founders and the constitution, religious freedom in business, outreach to Gen-Z, and interfaith and community relations.

The 2021 event will be held on the campus of Southern Methodist University at the Hughes Trigg Student Center. Due to current health guidelines, tickets will be limited, so register soon!

In-person tickets are $25 each and include parking, lunch, and a welcome gift.
Registration is free for the live stream and can be accessed via our website on the day of the event.

Attend all day or join for specific speakers and areas that interest you the most: the full agenda can be found at dfwreligiousfreedom.org

All are welcome!

10/19/2021

The Chaplain of the Office and Religious Life would like to celebrate several incredible women in ministry from various religious traditions.

Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is a profoundly influential voice. She draws upon the Christian tradition to tirelessly advocate for racial and economic justice, and the continued application of her father’s non- violent philosophy as a tool for social change. She is the CEO of the King Center. https:// thekingcenter.org.

The Chaplain of the Office and Religious Life would like to celebrate several incredible women in ministry from various religious traditions.

Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is a profoundly influential voice. She draws upon the Christian tradition to tirelessly advocate for racial and economic justice, and the continued application of her father’s non- violent philosophy as a tool for social change. She is the CEO of the King Center. https:// thekingcenter.org.

10/19/2021

Many Muslims commemorate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal.

The celebrations of Mawlid in the United States are increasing with distinctly forms of poetry, songs, and literature shows.

Learn more at https://pluralism.org/birthday-of-the-prophet-mawlid-al-nabi

10/18/2021

Two students were randomly selected out of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life open house’ sign up.

Meet the first giveaway winner, Nino Castellano❕First year student, majoring in computer science and finance.

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Two students were randomly selected out of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life open house’ sign up.

Meet the first giveaway winner, Nino Castellano❕First year student, majoring in computer science and finance.

Hometown: Dallas, TX

10/16/2021

Attention, SMU students! 

Here's a special FALL FEAST invitation for you to c’mon and get your grub on! Rev. Richie Butler, SMU alum and senior pastor of St. Luke Community UMC, wants you to have lunch with him!

The first 10 students who sign up for in-person worship any Sunday in October and November at the Tolleson Family Activity Center will be his guests for lunch after church. These aren’t sandwich boxes or gift cards either. We’re talking sit-down restaurant dining!

Select the "SMU student" ticket when you sign up at tinyurl.com/slc-liveworship! Again, this is every Sunday through November 25.

All you have to do is register for each day you’re coming to worship, and we’ll set the table for ya! 
 
If you have questions or want more information at [email protected].

See you Sunday at 11:22 a.m.

Attention, SMU students! 

Here's a special FALL FEAST invitation for you to c’mon and get your grub on! Rev. Richie Butler, SMU alum and senior pastor of St. Luke Community UMC, wants you to have lunch with him!

The first 10 students who sign up for in-person worship any Sunday in October and November at the Tolleson Family Activity Center will be his guests for lunch after church. These aren’t sandwich boxes or gift cards either. We’re talking sit-down restaurant dining!

Select the "SMU student" ticket when you sign up at tinyurl.com/slc-liveworship! Again, this is every Sunday through November 25.

All you have to do is register for each day you’re coming to worship, and we’ll set the table for ya! 
 
If you have questions or want more information at [email protected].

See you Sunday at 11:22 a.m.

10/15/2021

Bagel Monday 🥯 hosted by @smuhillel

Who doesn’t love a good bagel on a Monday? Come to HTSC room 118 October 18 to get a little pick me up between 11:30a and 1:30p.

We hope to see you there!

Bagel Monday 🥯 hosted by @smuhillel

Who doesn’t love a good bagel on a Monday? Come to HTSC room 118 October 18 to get a little pick me up between 11:30a and 1:30p.

We hope to see you there!

10/15/2021

We wish a very happy Dussehra to all of our Hindu sisters and brothers! We celebrate with you, as you commemorate the triumph of good over evil in the world.

We wish a very happy Dussehra to all of our Hindu sisters and brothers! We celebrate with you, as you commemorate the triumph of good over evil in the world.

Photos from SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life's post 10/11/2021

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life would like to highlight the guest speakers for Perkins´ 2021 Convocation entitled Speak Up! Distinguished guests include Amy-Jill Levine from Vanderbilt Divinity School who provides her perspective on the Parables of Jesus; Lillian Daniel, pastor and author of When ´Spiritual But Not Religious´ Is Not Enough; and Patrick B Reyes, Chicano educator, administrator and institutional strategist, who describes how closing the “purpose gap” means embracing life as a community.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/Perkins-Fall-Convocation

10/11/2021

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Since 1977, the second Monday of October has been observed by many as Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a means of recognizing and celebrating the myriad cultures of Native Americans. Rather than observing Columbus Day, which for many represents a deeply hurtful history of colonialism, Indigenous People’s Day provides a means by which to recognize and celebrate the deep cultural history of an incredibly diverse range of indigenous peoples across the Americas. Here are some ways one may express thoughtful reflection upon Native American realities, and honor the beauty of these various and different cultures:

1. Plant native plants where you are! It’s never too late to thank and show appreciation to Mother Earth.
2. Read Indigenous literature!
3. Attend an online or in-person Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration!
4. Help teach a more truthful history of Columbus and the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean Islands!
5. Learn more by advocating and showing solidarity for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

For more information: https://sites.austincc.edu/accent/indigenous-peoples-day-importance- of-heritage-pride/

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Since 1977, the second Monday of October has been observed by many as Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a means of recognizing and celebrating the myriad cultures of Native Americans. Rather than observing Columbus Day, which for many represents a deeply hurtful history of colonialism, Indigenous People’s Day provides a means by which to recognize and celebrate the deep cultural history of an incredibly diverse range of indigenous peoples across the Americas. Here are some ways one may express thoughtful reflection upon Native American realities, and honor the beauty of these various and different cultures:

1. Plant native plants where you are! It’s never too late to thank and show appreciation to Mother Earth.
2. Read Indigenous literature!
3. Attend an online or in-person Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration!
4. Help teach a more truthful history of Columbus and the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean Islands!
5. Learn more by advocating and showing solidarity for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

For more information: https://sites.austincc.edu/accent/indigenous-peoples-day-importance- of-heritage-pride/

10/10/2021

Happy Fall Break!

Looking out my window
In October's golden light,
I see a beauty unsurpassed,
A truly lovely sight.

Leaves are saying soft good-byes
As they come floating down
To make a nature's carpet
Of yellow, red, and brown.

Throughout our world's creation
You will ever find it thus,
Kaleidoscopes of color,
In God's hand, the artist's brush.

Portrait Of Fall by Alora M. Knight

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/portrait-of-fall

Happy Fall Break!

Looking out my window
In October's golden light,
I see a beauty unsurpassed,
A truly lovely sight.

Leaves are saying soft good-byes
As they come floating down
To make a nature's carpet
Of yellow, red, and brown.

Throughout our world's creation
You will ever find it thus,
Kaleidoscopes of color,
In God's hand, the artist's brush.

Portrait Of Fall by Alora M. Knight

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/portrait-of-fall

10/08/2021

This week for Hispanic/Latinx heritage month, we would like to highlight the work of Zaida Maldonado Perez.

She was Professor of Church History and Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary for fifteen years, and the director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative.

She has published a number of books and journal articles, and influenced a generation of thinkers. One of her books is entitled, Latina Evangelicas: A Survey From the Margins, co-authored with Loida I. Martell-Otero and Elizabeth Conde-Frazier (Cascade, 2013).

We recommend exploring her exceptional work, and you may find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Zaida-Maldonado-Pérez/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AZaida+Maldonado+Pérez

This week for Hispanic/Latinx heritage month, we would like to highlight the work of Zaida Maldonado Perez.

She was Professor of Church History and Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary for fifteen years, and the director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative.

She has published a number of books and journal articles, and influenced a generation of thinkers. One of her books is entitled, Latina Evangelicas: A Survey From the Margins, co-authored with Loida I. Martell-Otero and Elizabeth Conde-Frazier (Cascade, 2013).

We recommend exploring her exceptional work, and you may find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Zaida-Maldonado-Pérez/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AZaida+Maldonado+Pérez

10/06/2021

Looking for a place for reflection and a break from the busyness of campus?

Come to Wednesday Worship, a monthly interdenominational gather for music, prayer, and community.
Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Join us today, October 6 at 5:30p in Perkins Chapel (@perkins_chapel).

Light refershments to be served after each service.

Looking for a place for reflection and a break from the busyness of campus?

Come to Wednesday Worship, a monthly interdenominational gather for music, prayer, and community.
Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Join us today, October 6 at 5:30p in Perkins Chapel (@perkins_chapel).

Light refershments to be served after each service.

10/06/2021

World Communion Sunday was commemorated October 3 as it is celebrated the first Sunday in October. “World Communion calls the church to be the catholic inclusive church” (The Book of Discipline, Par. 263.3).

Tonight, let remember as we pray, “Loving God, we long to walk in your truth. [This week] especially, guide students around the world as they pursue opportunities to serve your children. In your name, we pray. Amen.”

Read more https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/oct-03-2021-19th-sunday-after-pentecost-world-communion-sunday-today

World Communion Sunday was commemorated October 3 as it is celebrated the first Sunday in October. “World Communion calls the church to be the catholic inclusive church” (The Book of Discipline, Par. 263.3).

Tonight, let remember as we pray, “Loving God, we long to walk in your truth. [This week] especially, guide students around the world as they pursue opportunities to serve your children. In your name, we pray. Amen.”

Read more https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/oct-03-2021-19th-sunday-after-pentecost-world-communion-sunday-today

10/03/2021

“To enhance campus and community support”.

#smuignited

“To enhance campus and community support”.

#smuignited

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🌟 Happening this week! 🌟

October 6 at 5:30p - Wednesday Worship with @iloominati at @perkins_chapel

October 7 at 12:30p - Faculty Staff Bible Study at Annette Caldwell Simmons arm 218

October 8 at 2p - Jum’ah (2p) HTSC Room 220 with @smumsa

October 10 - Mass (9a / 5p / 8p) with @smucatholic at @perkins_chapel

Question? Contact us at [email protected]

10/02/2021

Happy Saturday!!

#funtimes

Happy Saturday!!

#funtimes

09/30/2021

The Faiths in Conversation series aims at doing just that – designed to offer people of all cultures, faiths, and traditions opportunities to learn about the religions of their neighbors.

Join the Interfaith Council of the The Thanks-Giving Foundation / Thanks-Giving Square, SMU, Perkins School of Theology, and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum for the Faiths in Conversation – Christianity & Justice program on October 11 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Find out more at https://thanksgiving.org/event/faiths-in-conversation-christianity-justice/

Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QdYbdt9rTre-gy-cIifI8w

The Faiths in Conversation series aims at doing just that – designed to offer people of all cultures, faiths, and traditions opportunities to learn about the religions of their neighbors.

Join the Interfaith Council of the The Thanks-Giving Foundation / Thanks-Giving Square, SMU, Perkins School of Theology, and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum for the Faiths in Conversation – Christianity & Justice program on October 11 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Find out more at https://thanksgiving.org/event/faiths-in-conversation-christianity-justice/

Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QdYbdt9rTre-gy-cIifI8w

Providing support and fellowship for your journey.

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life provides pastoral care, counseling and theological reflection that promotes religious, moral and ethical development of students, faculty and staff. While supporting the integrity of each religious tradition represented at SMU, the Office of the Chaplain seeks to enhance the influence of the United Methodist heritage.

Our mission: Inspiring the expression of religious faith and discourse in the university.

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