Los/Las Seminaristas

Los/Las Seminaristas


Community Liaison
Part Time Position

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church's Community Liaison will serve as the primary Site Supervisor for Projection Transformation's summer camp and after school program and help to facilitate bridge building between PT and CHUMC. The CL will also help lead our members in building new relationships in our community and the establishment of new spaces as we seek to become a church which plants new faith gatherings in our community and to rebuild our faith community as a local church which reflects its community. Someone who is bilingual in Spanish and English is strongly preferred. 25 hrs a week.

Farmers Branch, Texas

Contact: Rev. J.D. Allen (972) 467-7756 [email protected]
Aspire, non profit literacy organization, is seeking to hire a part-time Adult Education Coordinator. $15 per hour

Application information found at the following link:

Join us this afternoon (February 11) from 4 - 5:00 p.m. Central to learn from Perkins alum and entrepreneur, Rachel L. Roberts
, who will be sharing about how she builds community with individuals who identify as spiritual but not religious or as American "Nones."
Register here: https://booking.smu.edu/calendar/engagedlearning/none
Peer Chaplain
Part Time Job Opportunity - apply by March 5
SMU Campus

The Peer Chaplaincy program is a joint-initiative between the Office of the Chaplain & Religious Life and Resident Life and Student Housing. We utilize undergraduate and Perkins seminary students to provide a listening presence in the Commons. The main aims in working with our peers is to cultivate a mutual sense of well-being, to help reduce feelings of alienation, to offer to offer empathy to anyone in need, and to explore issues of faith that arise. The graduate student will receive a $2,500 stipend for 150 hours per semester of listening, mentoring, and caring of students in the Commons.

Veronica Davis, Associate Chaplain, [email protected] Apply here: bit.ly/applypeerleader - please include your class designation.
Ministry Opening: United Methodist Church
General Secretary
General Commission on Religion and Race
ESL Classes Canceled/Bilingual Volunteers Needed at Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission

Rev. Amy Spaur contacted me this afternoon to tell me ESL classes at Christ’s Foundry have been canceled tomorrow. While they don’t need conversation partners at this time, they are still in need of bilingual volunteers. There will be teams sent out from Christ’s Foundry at 8:30am tomorrow, Oct. 26, to walk neighborhoods and assist with storm cleanup. Bilingual volunteers are needed from 8:30am-12:00 pm to translate for the disaster response teams. If you are willing and able to volunteer please contact Amy Spaur at [email protected] or simply show up by 8:30am tomorrow at Christ's Foundry.
Financial Resources for Your Theological Education
Wednesday, October 25
12:30 – 1:20 pm
Prothro Hall Room 100
Students who attend will enjoy a free community lunch, plus are eligible for a prize drawing. This is a workshop you won’t want to miss! RSVP by Thursday!

Join us for a workshop about financial aid resources including outside scholarships, federal student loans, federal work study, United Methodist loans, student employment, and payment plans.
Speakers include: Tracy Anne Allred, Assistant Dean of Student Life; Meredith Turner, Graduate Financial Aid Counselor for the SMU Division of Enrollment Services; Stephen Mathew, Student Account Specialist; Laura Figura, Coordinator of Student Life; and meet the new Financial Aid Coordinator for Perkins School of Theology, Sandy Oswalt.

RSVP to Sandy Oswalt, Financial Aid Coordinator, [email protected], by Thursday, October 19, so that we can plan lunches accordingly.
Sponsored by the Perkins Enrollment Services Department and Lilly Endowment, Inc.

[email protected] Seminaristas serves Christ by strengthening student leadership at Perkins School of Theology with particular interest in Latina/o ministry.


La Escuela de Licencia se ofrece para aquellos que que no son clérigos y que hayan sido nombrados o que esperan recibir un nombramiento para predicar, dirigir la adoración y ejercer los deberes de pastor(a).

El Programa de Ministerios Hispanos/Latinos de Perkins, ofrecerá la Escuela de Licencia en español este verano completamente en linea. No se quede atrás, inscríbase hoy! Visite nuestra pagina web para más información: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/HLMP/EscuelaDeLicencia


El programa de Curso de Estudio se impartirá completamente en línea este verano en Perkins. No se quede atrás, inscríbase hoy! Visite nuestra pagina web para más información: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/COSS/SummerCOSS/COSSEspanol2020


This Sunday we will have Steven James with us as our guest preacher! He is the president of [email protected] Seminaristas from Perkins School of Theology. We will have communion, so remember have your elements ready with you!

Este Domingo tendremos a Steven James con nosotros como nuestro predicador invitado! El es el presidente de [email protected] Seminaristas en la Escuela de Teología Perkins. Tendremos comunión así que recuerda tener los elementos listos!


[email protected] Seminaristas is leading a Love Feast during chapel at 11:30am tomorrow. We’d love you to join us! If you’d like to try a new recipe to bring for our feast and fellowship check out the recipes below.

[email protected] Seminaristas is leading a Love Feast during chapel at 11:30am tomorrow. We’d love you to join us! If you’d like to try a new recipe to bring for our feast and fellowship check out the recipes below.


[email protected] Seminaristas is blessed to worship with La Fundicion de Cristo/Christ's Foundry this morning as Steven James brings the word on this first Sunday of Advent!


[email protected] Seminaristas is hosting Chapel tomorrow at 11:30am with guest preacher, Rosedanny Ortiz. We invite you to join us for a culturally immersive worship experience. https://smu.zoom.us/j/91988206075?pwd=MjBOQVpIVDF3M2FaVWw0RXJMN2UwZz09


Follow the link to register for this important conversation. https://calendar.smu.edu/site/centersinstitutes/event/the-texas-mexico-border-trade-security-and-immigration/

gcah.org 09/22/2020

GCAH Distributes Grants, Awards, and Scholarships to 5 Recipients - GCAH

Congrats to our President!!!

gcah.org The General Commission on Archive and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church (UMC) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of five awards, grants, and scholarships: the John Harrison Ness Memorial Award, the Josephine Forman Scholarship, the Women in United Methodist History Writing Award,...

smu.edu 09/08/2020

Roy D. Barton Lectureship - SMU Perkins School of Theology

You're invited to participate in the 2020 Roy D. Barton Lectureship on September 21 @ 7:00pm via Zoom. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Luis Pedraja, President of Quinsigamond Community College. Dr. Pedraja will be speaking on the topic of Living in the Margins: Theology and Education in the New Decade. This is a free webinar that you won't want to miss! Follow the link below to register today. Hope to see you there!

smu.edu Living in the Margins: Theology and Education in the New Decade  An Online Webinar Featuring Keynote Speaker Luis Pedraja, Ph.D.  The Barton Lecture's 2020 speaker is Dr. Luis Pedraja, president of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Pedraja has more than 20 year...


Black Seminarians Association of Perkins School of Theology

The Honorable John Lewis’ final words: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.

Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.

“While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”

petitions.whitehouse.gov 07/07/2020

Allow International Students to Finish Their Degrees | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Here is another petition to allow non-immigrant students with F-1 and M-1 visas to retain their rights to remain in the United States and complete their degrees. This one goes directly to the White House. Please sign and share!


petitions.whitehouse.gov Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today that international students attending U.S. universities which go online-only for classes this year due to COVID-19 MUST LEAVE THE UNITED STATES or transfer to a college with in-person classes. Students should not have to choose between their....

change.org 07/07/2020

Sign the Petition

Here is a petition to allow F-1 and M-1 students to remain in the United States to complete their studies. Please sign and share!


change.org Allow F-1 and M-1 students with valid visas to stay in the United States


Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Thank you to everyone participating in the Breath of Life event this morning. Here are a few snapshots of our day so far, courtesy of SMU Photographer Hillsman Jackson!

We've had the honor to hear from:
- Perkins School of Theology Dean Hill
- Dr. Melinda Sutton, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
- Rabbi Heidi Coretz, Hillel at SMU
- Veronica Davis, SMU Chaplain
- Rev Lacie Jefferson, Chaplain, THR Hospital
- James Parobek, President, THR Hospital, Dallas
- Imam Shakil Vawda, Chaplain, THR Dallas
- Emily Newsome, SMU Black Faculty and Staff Association
- Maxwell Urbina, SMU Perkins Student Association Senator, IACHR
- Rev. Julian Hobdy, SMU Perkins Student Association Justice in Action Chair
- Minister Wallace Wyatt, III, President SMU Black Seminarians Association


We hope to see you tomorrow. Remember to wear a mask and keep your distance!

The SMU Perkins Breath of Life event is tomorrow! We invite you all to join us in person or in spirit for a day of prayer for healing from social injustice, racism, racial profiling and stereotyping.

We want to give special thanks to the event sponsors across SMU and Dallas. This day would not be possible without you:

- Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
- Black Seminarians Association of Perkins School of Theology
- Perkins Student Association: https://bit.ly/2Ad0Q8Q
- Perkins Los/Las Seminaristas
- SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life
- SMU Black Faculty and Staff Association
- Hillel at SMU
- South Dallas/Fair Park Faith Coalition
- Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Square
- Faith Forward Dallas

nbcnews.com 06/18/2020

Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA in big win for Dreamers

¡Buenas noticias!

nbcnews.com Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote in the 5-4 decision, dealing a big legal defeat to President Trump on the issue of immigration.

[06/09/20]   To Our Black Student, Faculty, and Staff Familia at SMU,

We are [email protected] Seminaristas, an ecumenical student organization united by our love for Hispanic-Latino/a/x activism and ministry. This means that our prayers and actions often extend beyond the Hispanic-Latino/a/x context, especially when the lives of Black people such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other beloved children of God are taken by this nation’s despotism, police brutality, and white supremacy.

We acknowledge and exist in solidarity with the Black Seminarians Association (BSA), Black Lives Matter, and any other groups and individuals who represent ethnic and racial justice, including for women of color, LGBTQ people of color, and undocumented people of color. We support the initiatives of these organizations and their work to liberate Black lives from state-sanctioned violence, white supremacy, and other forms of systemic oppression.

We are abhorred that the president tries to score political points while invoking George Floyd’s name and lying to the public about his advocacy for Black people. We call for the president to use his platform to create a society of love and justice, not the one of division and hatred that he champions.

We are angry that in 2020 we must ask the police to not murder people of color. We call for the cities around the nation that promise to defund or dismantle their police departments to keep their promises in order to emancipate Black lives and those lives of other persons of color from the systemic lynching of police brutality.

We are appalled when political and religious leaders remain silent about the importance of Black lives and the systemic lynchings of police brutality and white supremacy. We call for them to use their platforms to acknowledge the intentional power dynamics of historic oppression that came about from the development of global capitalism and the formation of the modern nation-state from Transatlantic colonialism and slavery.

Jesus reminds us that everyone is our neighbor, not merely those who look like us, speak like us, or think like us (Luke 10:25-37). We call for all students, faculty, and staff at SMU to demonstrate with us the importance of Black lives.



Steven James
Melissa Nelms
Clelia Peña
Rosedanny Ortiz
Yolanda Santiago Correa

2020census.gov 02/27/2020

2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

The 2020 Census will host Train the Trainer this Saturday at noon at Holy Trinity Church (3811 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219).

[email protected] Seminaristas will join others from around Dallas to learn the ways historically underrepresented communities (immigrants, low-income, people of color) in elections can make themselves count.

Read more about the 2020 Census here:

2020census.gov Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.


Have you ever heard the story of the Good Samaritan from the point of view of the traveler?

Pastor Isabel Marquez shared Gracia Viva’s powerful testimony in her message on Wednesday.

Here is a full recording, in case you missed it.

¡Gracias Pastora!


“ Somos un cuerpo en Cristo”

Gracias Dr. Harold Recinos for leading us en la Santa Comunión.


[email protected] Seminaristas after a beautiful service focused on unity and reconciliation. Join us at our next planning meeting on Friday, March 27 at noon (@ the refractory).


[email protected] Seminaristas will hold their first spring 2020 meeting this Friday from noon to 12:45 in the Prothro Refectory to finalize ideas for their February 19 worship service! All Perkins students are welcome to attend and to bring their lunch!

Pictured: Clelia Peña, left, and Melissa Nelms, right, read scripture at [email protected] Seminaristas' fall 2019 worship service.


¡El estreno de Cinco Olas sobre Dallas en español!


Casa Linda Church

Aprendimos mucho sobre los diferentes grupos de personas que emigraron a Dallas, en el video documental “Cinco Olas” por Author Ted A. Campbell. Gracias por la oportunidad de ser anfitriones para este evento.

We learned a lot about the different groups of people that migrated to Dallas, through the “Fives waves over Dallas” documentary by Ted Campbell. Thank you for the opportunity to host this event.


See you there!

Ted Campbell, Perkins Professor of Church History, will premiere the Spanish-language version of his film, Five Waves Over Dallas (Cinco Olas sobre Dallas) on Monday, December 2, at 7 p.m. at at Casa Linda United Methodist Church.

The premiere is free and open to everyone. We hope you'll join us!

To learn more about the film, visit: https://bit.ly/2pLZ2hS

eventbrite.com 11/15/2019

Esperanza para Mañana Latino Caregiver Conference

La Asociación de Alzheimer de Dallas está creando conciencia sobre los complejos problemas que enfrentan los cuidadores al mismo tiempo que brinda atención a las personas con enfermedad de Alzheimer y otras demencias.

Organizarán un evento mañana de 8:30 a.m. a 1 p.m. en español sobre el estrés y el bienester del cuidador. Se proporcionará almuerzo.

eventbrite.com Esperanza para Mañana Latino Caregiver Conference


Save the date!


Yesterday, [email protected] Seminaristas lead worship service with amazing music and an extraordinary sermon preached by a former Perkins student Rev. Amy Spaur from Christ Foundry UMC.


Congratulations to our 2019-2020 [email protected] Seminaristas officials!!!

Steven James - President
Melissa Nelms - Vice President
Clelia Peña - Secretary/Treasurer


T O D A Y !

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Yesterday we said goodbye to one of ours, Jazmin! Thanks for all the things you did for [email protected] Seminaristas including your mentoring...we will miss you!


I encourage you to visit their page and learn more about this amazing ministry!

Hoy tuvimos la visita de los estudiantes de Teología de Perkins. Estuvimos compartiendo un tiempo en donde nos apoyaron en algunas actividades, escucharon testimonios de nuestra comunidad hispana, comimos una deliciosas enchiladas y compartimos un tiempo de adoración. Muchas gracias por su tiempo! ⛪️🙌

Today we had the visit of Perkins Theology students. We had a great time doing some activities, they heard some of our hispanic testimonies and we ate enchiladas! We had a worship time together and we are so grateful with their lives! Thank you so much!

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Have you ever heard the story of the Good Samaritan from the point of view of the traveler? Pastor Isabel Marquez shared...
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Getting everything ready for tonight! Can’t wait to see everyone here!



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