Contact: Roberta Cox, 214-768-2335


March 9, 2005


DALLAS (SMU) -- Dallas-Fort Worth area youth interested in community service or the ministry will gather at a Spring Youth Forum on Saturday, March 19 on the SMU campus. Sponsored by the Perkins Youth School of Theology at SMU's Perkins School of Theology, the Forum is open at no charge to all high school youth, ages 15 though 18 years old.

The one-day conference brings together Dallas area high school students with members of the Perkins community for theological reflection and discussion on issues of youth culture, society, church and adolescents' struggle to live a liberating Christian faith. Forum activities include a youth panel, small group sessions, an open microphone session and a tour of the SMU campus.

The Perkins Youth School of Theology is a two-year, ecumenical program open to high school juniors who want an opportunity for training and theological reflection while serving their communities or churches. Through volunteer projects, guidance and study, the Youth School helps prepare future community and church leaders. The program encourages cross-cultural partnerships and develops advocacy and leadership skills. Approximately 50 youths now participate in the Youth School.

For more information and registration on the Spring Youth Forum and the Perkins Youth School of Theology, please contact Rev. Tonya Burton, program director, at 214-768-1333.


Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by The Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministries, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry degree, as well as the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.