News & Events

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings and upcoming events at the Seminary.

Seminary Closed Monday and Tuesday


Due to inclement weather, Hood Theological Seminary will be closed Monday (12/10) and Tuesday (12/11) of this week. Please stay safe out there.

Alum Rev. Dr. Otto D. Harris, III is Awarded the United Methodist Men Award


Hood Theological Seminary is honored that Alum Rev. Dr. Otto D. Harris, III was awarded the United Methodist Men Award. Read More

President Dr. Vergel Lattimore Attends Local, Regional, and National Events


President Dr. Vergel Lattimore attended many events in November and has some exciting events he plans to attend in December.

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Giving Tuesday SGA Challenge


In honor of our (Hood Theological Seminary) founding year, 1885, the SGA will have a “Giving Tuesday SGA Challenge.” Giving Tuesday is normally the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the SGA will be requesting that students donate/ contribute $18.85 towards this challenge.

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Coca-Cola Encourages Hood Theological Seminary


Mr. Frank Harrison, III, Chairman & CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Charlotte, N.C. has honored the request of Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. (HTS Board member and distinguished alumni) with a commitment of $100,000 toward a chapel at the Seminary. Mr. Harrison leads this global reach company which has a reputation for innovation, public service, and social responsibility. The missional purpose of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company is To Honor God in All We Do. The Hood Theological Seminary community deeply appreciates this investment and trust in the merits of theological education.

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Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. Makes a Faith Statement


Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, leads and conducts his ministry with absolute clarity. He recently made an act of faith which extends beyond his deep sense of spirituality and into a theological institution which helped train him to be a bold theological leader. Bishop Battle recently contributed $52,000 toward a future chapel at Hood Theological Seminary. This contribution is both visionary and is a reflection of his firm belief that a chapel should be at the heart of a first-class seminary. This unique contribution is also consistent with Bishop Battle's leadership and loyalty as a distinguished alumni of Hood Theological Seminary.

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HOOD Lines - November 2018

Catch up on the latest news and events in this month's HOOD Lines!

Pain and Promise


"On behalf of the Hood Theological Seminary community, I extend words of condolence to the members of the Tree of Life Congregation as they grieve and embrace the pain from the tragic, and senseless murders of their friends and family members. As a theological community that strives to reflect the kingdom of God, we pray for healing, courage, justice and peace. As sojourners in the saga of oppression, we walk with all persons who confront the forces which deny the humanity of others and their right to exist."
Grace and peace,
Vergel
Vergel L. Lattimore, Ph.D.
President
Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling
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Holiday Gathering


Holiday Gathering at Hood Seminary will be Thursday, December 6th from 6-7:30 pm for the Seminary community. The location will be the Aymer Center at 1810 Lutheran Synod Dr. Salisbury, NC 28144. We will be collecting new winter hats, gloves and socks to donate to Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. Please RSVP no later than Friday, November 30th to Carmen Harper, charper@hoodseminary.edu or (704) 314-4970.

Annual Advent Lessons and Carols


HOOD THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY WELCOMES THE ADVENT SEASON!

The Seminary will sponsor its Annual Advent Lessons and Christmas Carols Service. The service will take place on November 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m. in the Aymer Center for Spiritual Growth and Ministerial Formation on the campus at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC, 28144. Reverend Carol Hallman, pastor of the First United Church of Christ, Salisbury will be the speaker. The service is free and open to the public.

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Giving Tuesday 2018


#Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 27 this year. In Honor of our (Hood Theological Seminary) founding year, 1885, the SGA will have a “Giving Tuesday SGA Challenge.” Giving Tuesday is normally the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the SGA will be requesting that students donate/ contribute $18.85 towards this challenge. This challenge event will take place in the Aymer Center starting on Tuesday, November 27th – December 1st during lunch.

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Hood Theological Seminary Receives $1 million Grant to Establish Institute for Early Career Clergy Development


Hood Theological Seminary has received a grant of $1 million to help establish the Institute for Early Career Clergy Development. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry.

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All Hood Symposium


The All Hood Alumni and Friends Symposium will be held on March 14-15, 2019. The theme will be Lay Leadership in Ministry: Equipping People for Partnership.

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Hood Partners with The Religious Freedom Center


Hood Theological Seminary is delighted to be one of the partner institutions collaborating with the “Race, Religious Freedom and the Politics of Belonging” program.

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FAITHFUL FAMILIES: EATING SMART AND MOVING MORE


Spaces are still available
September 20 - November 17, 2018
Session 1: Thursdays from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Session 2: Saturdays from 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.
Hood Seminary campus (room 302)

For clergy and other church leadership as well as any individuals interested in offering wellness related activities to their congregation and family. This 9-week class connects healthy eating and physical activity to religious or spiritual beliefs. Presented by Cabarrus Health Alliance's Lifestyle Medicine for Your Wellness Ministry. Free registration is now open!

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HOOD Lines - October 2018

Catch up on the latest news and events in this month's HOOD Lines!

Dr. Ashley Dreff Publishes Book


Dr. Ashley Dreff has published her book titled Entangled: A History of American Methodist, Politics, and Sexuality. The book is now available for purchase. Read More

HOOD Lines - September 2018


Catch up on the latest news and events in this month's Hood Lines!

DR. REGINA DANCY ELECTED TO ATS AUDIT COMMITTEE



Rev. Dr. Regina Dancy, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources at Hood Theological Seminary (HTS), was elected to the Audit Committee of the Commission on Accrediting at the Centennial Biennial Meeting of the ATS in June.

The five-member audit committee, which serves both ATS and The Commission on Accrediting (COA) of the ATS , is comprised of the ATS Treasurer, the COA Treasurer, and three at-large CFOs of member schools.


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BISHOP JAMES WALKER HOOD ENDOWED PREMIER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


The HTS Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bishop James Walker Hood Endowed Premier Scholarship Program. This new program will provide 20 scholarships up to $6,000 per year for the 2018-2019 academic year for students who qualify. Hood is committed to helping students achieve their dream of theological education and ensuring that they graduate ready to serve, with minimal debt. This program will provide additional opportunities for HTS students to reduce or eliminate student debt by strengthening and enhancing the existing scholarship opportunities offered by the Seminary.

The deadline for applications is August 14, 2018. To download the application for a Bishop Hood Scholarship, click here.

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Civitan - U.S.A.T. Dorchester Scholarship


Hood Seminary is very happy to announce a new scholarship - the Civitan-U.S.A.T. Dorchester Scholarship Fund - which has been established by Mark and Judy Beymer in memory of Alvin and Marjorie Beymer.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year student in the Center for Chaplaincy Program who aspires to be a military, hospital, hospice, corporate or other professional chaplain.
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DR. CLAY BARROW NAMED DIRECTOR OF SUPERVISED MINISTRY


President Vergel Lattimore announced that Dr. Clay Barrow will serve as the Director of Supervised Ministry at Hood Theological Seminary, effective July 1, 2018.

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HTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN ATS COMMITTEE ON RACE AND ETHNICITY (CORE)


Hood Theological Seminary is honored to be one of the 20 schools invited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to participate in the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) initiative program on "Cultivating Educational Capacity." This exciting initiative is highly congruent with the mission of HTS.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2018!


Thirty-four degrees - twenty-six Master of Divinity and eight Doctor of Ministry - and one certificate of Deacon Studies, were conferred on Saturday, May 19, during Hood's seventeenth Commencement.

GRADUATION PHOTOS AVAILABLE FROM GORDON PHOTOGRAPHY


Photos from Honors Awards/Closing Convocation and Graduation may be viewed and prints ordered here through Gordon Photography.

REV. DORA ATLAS RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE


Rev. Dora Atlas was the first female graduate of Hood Theological Seminary when she received the Bachelor of Theology degree in 1976. She was honored during Commencement on May 19, 2018 with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her exemplary spiritual leadership and distinguished social impact representative of the mission of Hood Theological Seminary.

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DELORES BRISBON RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE


Mrs. Delores Brisbon wrote in her memoir, A Privileged Life: Remembering My Journey, “What I do is who I am - my character and work are intertwined.” She describes her faith in God as “central...to every aspect of my life,” highlighting “my love for my family, my relationships and work.” Across 85 years, Mrs. Brisbon has lived out that faith through balanced intentionality, focus, and a purpose to serve family and the church through her relationships and her service.

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NIKKI GIOVANNI RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE


Professor Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr. ("Nikki") has been one of the most meaningful voices in 20th and 21st century America; her writings and speeches are vast and diverse. She has been a healing and hopeful voice in America during times of social crisis and upheaval. She is a Poet Laureate of peace, love, and authentic being.

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DR. REGINA DANCY DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH AT SALISBURY MAYOR'S SPIRIT LUNCHEON


Dr. Regina Dancy gave the keynote speech at the Mayor of Salisbury's "Spirit Luncheon" on April 25. Download the text of Dr. Dancy's speech here and read the Salisbury Post story here.

Hood's Herald - Winter 2017-2018


Hot off the presses and on its way to our alumni and friends in the mail! Read online.

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Dr. Reginald Boyd Appointed to ATS Steering Committee


Dr. Reginald Boyd, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, has been selected Vice Chair of the Student Personnel Administrators' Steering Committee of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Congratulations, Dr. Boyd!

Spring 2018 Alumni Association Newsletter


News from the President of the National Alumni Association

PRESIDENT LATTIMORE RECEIVES AWARD FROM IMLA


Congratulations to Dr. Vergel Lattimore, President, who was honored on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Norfolk, VA, with the "The Alfred Gilbert Dunston Salute to Service Award" presented by the International Ministers and Lay Association (IMLA) of the AME Zion Church at the 40th Annual Cameron W. Jackson Awards and Recognition Banquet.

Barrow Appointed Interim Director, Center for Chaplaincy


Rev. Dr. Clay Barrow, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, has been appointed Interim Director of the Center for Chaplaincy at Hood Theological Seminary. The Center was established last fall after receiving a grant from the Association of Theological Schools, to foster awareness, information exchange, and collaboration about the opportunities and practices in the field of professional chaplaincy.

Dr. Barrow was the first to graduate with the D.Min. specialization in Pastoral Theology and Care (2017). He holds a M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ARTICLE BY DR. TREVOR EPPEHIMER IN LATEST CHURCH EXECUTIVE


Dr. Trevor Eppehimer's article, Justice, Relevance and Authenticity, is in the November/December online issue of Church Executive magazine (page 22). Hood Seminary also has a Lifetime Learning e-book on the Church Executive website with articles about Hood's programs, history, and mission, Eppehimer's article, and articles by alumni Rev. Kris Mares and Rev. Dr. Clay Barrow.

HAVEN O. ANDERSON JOINS PAC


We are pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Haven O. Anderson has accepted an invitation to join the President's Advisory Council (PAC) of Hood Theological Seminary (HTS).

We welcome this gifted alumnus to the PAC. His pioneering leadership in primary and secondary education, as well as community transformation, will be an asset to the Seminary.

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TWO HTS ALUMNI NAMED NC LIVING LEGENDS



Congratulations to Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. and Rev. Dr. James Ferree who were named "NC Living Legends" at a scholarship gala August 26 to celebrate the significant legacies of NC's 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ferree is pictured with President Lattimore.

HTS LAUNCHES PLANNED GIVING WEBSITE


Make a big impact with a future gift! Start at our Planned Giving Website to learn about the different gift options available to you.

Those who make a commitment to include Hood Theological Seminary in their estates become members of the Hood Legacy Society. Such gifts include bequests, gifts of life insurance, gifts of retirement plans or charitable trusts.

Read What's New - three articles full of helpful information. Stay tuned for future news articles!

PHOTOS FROM GRADUATION WEEKEND AVAILABLE NOW


View, order, and enjoy photos from Graduation, as well as Honors Awards and Closing Convocation here

HOOD'S HERALD - Spring 2017


Download past issues of the Hood's Herald:

Hood's Herald Vol. XV, No. 1 Spring 2017

Hood's Herald Vol. XIV, No. 1 Winter 2015-16

Hood's Herald Vol. XIII, No. 1 Winter 2014-15

Hood's Herald Vol. XII, No. 1 Winter 2013-14

Hood's Herald Vol. XI, No. 1 Winter 2012-13

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