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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
11 am - 1 pm
HTS will host a panel discussion on the significance of the African American Presence in World War II. Dr. Torren Gatson, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Mr. Reginald Brown, esteemed local historian, will reflect on how the African American presence in World War II contributed to the integration of the military and the dismantling of racist societal mores in the latter half of the twentieth century. Dr. Sharon Grant, HTS Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, will be the moderator. Free and open to the public!
Read the Newsletter from Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster, President of the HTS National Alumni Association.
Wednesday, February 13 and Saturday, February 16,
1 pm in the Aymer Center
Dr. Mary Love, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, will give a presentation on "Black Migration in the Twentieth Century." HTS will also observe Black History month with special videos during lunch on Wednesday, February 20 and Saturday, February 23. The HTS community is invited to wear African/African American attire the week of February 19 - 23.
February 20, March 13, April 24
Dr. Ashley Dreff will be leading several lunch conversations on where The United Methodist Church stands on human sexuality February 20, March 13, and April 24.Read More
Several Alumni Area Meetings will take place in March.Read More
Catch up on news & events in this month's HOOD Lines!
Catch up on the latest news and events in this month's Hood Lines!
(Please note correction to Welcome Back block: Track I classes begin January 22; Track II classes begin January 25.)
February 28 - March 4, 2019
Free 9-week class for clergy and other church leadership as well as any individuals interested in offering wellness related activities to their congregation and family. The classes connect 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!
March 14 & 15, 2019
Theme: "Lay Leadership in Ministry: Equipping People for Partnership"
Registration is now open!
Catch up on the latest news and events in this month's HOOD Lines!
The Historically Black Theological Institutions Recruitment Fair will take place February 12, 2019 from 4:00-5:30pm at Friendship Baptist Church, 80 Walnut St. SW, Atlanta, GA, 30314Read More
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 attended many events in November and has some exciting events he plans to attend in December.Read More
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.Read More
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 alumnus) 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.Read More
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 alumnus of Hood Theological Seminary.Read More
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 314-4970.
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.
#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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Hood Theological Seminary is delighted to be one of the partner institutions collaborating with the “Race, Religious Freedom and the Politics of Belonging” program.Read More
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
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.
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.
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.
President Vergel Lattimore announced that Dr. Clay Barrow will serve as the Director of Supervised Ministry at Hood Theological Seminary, effective July 1, 2018.
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.
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.
Photos from Honors Awards/Closing Convocation and Graduation may be viewed and prints ordered here through Gordon Photography.
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.
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.
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
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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!
News from the President of the National Alumni Association
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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