As a United Methodist-related university, Southwestern is committed to providing a broad-based, value-centered education aimed at the full development of the whole person. It is hoped that such a program will equip students for leadership in a global community, with the result being the improvement of the human condition.
By virtue of its architectural design and its placement, Lois Perkins Chapel symbolizes the rich tradition of undergraduate education in the United Methodist Church. It is a heritage that seeks to realize the fullest human potential, one which occurs in an intellectually rigorous setting, and one which is supported by a nurturing, caring, inclusive community. Such an education provides a moral center to assist each student in facing the complex ethical dilemmas experienced in a rapidly changing world.
At Southwestern, the presence of the chapel serves to remind us of the ultimate end of a University education.
Dr. Edmund H. Steelman, retired chaplain and former holder of the of the Bishop Seth Ward Chair of Bible and Religion, wrote this manuscript to serve as a guide for future generations to understand the symbolism of the Lois Perkins Chapel and the beautiful stained-glass windows that light its interior. Dr. Steelman's thoughts reflect the care and thoroughness of those members of the University community whose dreams and vision led to the building of the chapel.
Lois Perkins Chapel was envisioned, constructed, and renovated by Southwestern through the faithful generosity of the Perkins and Prothro families of Wichita Falls. Their roots are deep in the advancement of United Methodist universities, churches, and initiatives in Texas and around the nation. Because of their belief in Southwestern and the importance that a magnificent place of worship and reflection plays in the University's mission, they built the chapel. Today, Lois Perkins Chapel stands as an inviting and comforting edifice, central in the life of the University, and a reminder of Southwestern's heritage.
Dr. Roy B. Shilling, Jr.
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