Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University




Perkins School of Theology, in Dallas, Texas, is one of Southern Methodist University’s three original schools. It offers Master’s degrees in divinity, theological studies, church ministries, sacred music, and religious studies; and doctoral degrees in ministry and religious studies. The Bridwell Library is one of the leading theological research collections in the United States. It is named for its benefactor Joseph Sterling Bridwell, an oilman and rancher who was a neighbor of the Perkinses in Wichita Falls.

Randomly chosen program from the Bridwell Library:

Service of Liberation and Hope in the Black Tradition
Speaker(s):  Zan Holmes
Date of Recording:  2/6/1974

Description:   Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. delivers the second of three Peyton Lectures of Minister's Week 1974 at Perkins School of Theology. It is presented as a worship service. Musicians are from the Black United Methodist Churches of Dallas. Starts with an echo, but that is gone within the first minute. As of 2013, Holmes was Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he served for 28 years. He was Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University for 24 years. Known as much for his community activism as his preaching and teaching, Holmes was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from 1968-1972, while he also served as a United Methodist District Superintendent.
Length:  58:59