SMU News Contact: Roberta Cox, 214-768-2335


April 13, 2005


DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU's Perkins School of Theology will host an outdoor Hip-Hop Worship Service at 11:30 a.m. Thursday (April 21) on the steps of Perkins Chapel. Christian hip-hop recording artist, La Crea, of Denton will perform, and Rev. Tiate Carson, senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in San Antonio, will preach.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in Selecman Hall Auditorium.

The event was conceived, planned, and will be facilitated by the Perkins Worship Committee; Dr. Mark Stamm, Perkins director of community worship; and other Perkins seminarians who embrace hip-hop culture.

The Perkins Worship Committee was supported in this venture by the SMU Wesley Foundation and affords an opportunity for Perkins to demonstrate the piety and spirituality of Holy Hip Hop culture. Perkins invites the SMU community and lovers of Christian Hip-Hop to support this event with their presence and participation.

For further information, contact the Rev. Sharon Grant, Perkins, M.Div. candidate and worship committee liaison at 214-768-5285 or, or Mark Stamm, assistant professor of Christian worship and Perkins director of community worship at 214-768-2447 or

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 Ministry, 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.


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