Perkins Lay School of Theology

Date Posted: 1/5/2011

Spirituality and the book of First Corinthians are the topics for the semi-annual Perkins Lay School of Theology at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 22. Specifically, the topics and instructors are 1st Corinthians: Then and Now by Jaime Clark-Soles, Associate Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology and SoulSolutions: Living a Life of Holy Adventure by Frederick W. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Formation and Anglican Studies, Perkins School of Theology.


The New Testament epistle of First Corinthians displays the church in the raw, the church most Christians belong to, know well, and even perpetuate – factions, sexual immorality, gender issues, money issues, theological questions, Christian know-it-alls, people suing people, problems in worship, problems with leadership.


Through it all, the Apostle Paul calls them saints.” Dr. Clark-Soles will explore why. Ordained in the American Baptist Church, Dr. Clark-Soles’ research interests include the use and authority of Scripture, the Bible in the emergent and post-modern Church, the politics of Biblical interpretation, the historical Jesus, and New Testament studies and the Christian believer. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature.


Between the easy believability of “happy-clappy” Christianity and the gentle cynicis of the disaffected, lies a way forward to a life of holy adventure. Dr. Schmidt will help participants explore the choices they can make to find the middle way, marked by spiritual consciousness, realism, energy, and focus. An Episcopal priest and a member of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, Dr. Schmidt’s research interests include the historical Jesus and spirituality. Among his publications are What God Wants for Your Life, Finding Answers to the Deepest Questions; Conversations with Scripture: When Suffering Persists; The Changing Face of God; and A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church.


Gathering and at-the-door registration are from 8:15 to 9 a.m. The concurrent classes are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., breaking for lunch. Registration fees range from $49 to $65, varying with mode and timing; all include lunch. Continuing education units are available. Questions or to register: grams or call 214-768-2251.


The Houston Lay School of Theology is sponsored by Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, in cooperation with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Houston. The school meets each January and August, offering an opportunity for laity and others to explore issues of spirituality, theology, religion, and church leadership with faculty and leaders from Perkins.


For more information, contact:

Rev. Shelli Williams

Minister for Education and Executive Director of St. Paul’s Foundation

713-528-0527 or