News & Events

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

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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Shake Your Salt Habit: Faith Community Train The Trainer Workshop


This workshop will train individuals from various faith communities to teach basic sugar and salt education classes as well as how to prepare budget friendly recipes using fresh, seasonal produce.

Participants will receive educational materials/activities and recipes. Faith Communities that teach this class for their community will receive up to $50 toward their health and wellness ministry funds.

Date/time: Thursday, October 18th 6-8:30pm
Location: Cabarrus Health Alliance, 300 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis, 28081
To register, contact Jenn West: 704-920-1337 or jennifer.west@cabarrushealth.org by Friday, October 12.
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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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

Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Ruth N. Segres to Visit Campus

Week of October 29th- Nov. 3rd

The Center for Chaplaincy will be sponsoring Chaplain, Lt. Col. Ruth N. Segres of the US Air Force, the week of October 29th- Nov. 3rd. She oversees the recruitment of all Air Force Chaplains. Chaplain Segres will be presenting in both Supervised Ministry classes, as well as Pastoral Care and Counseling classes; and she will be available for chapel and lunch during her time at Hood Theological Seminary.

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Save the Date! Open House Onsite Admissions and Enrollment

Saturday, November 3, 2018

This event will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018.There will be a campus tour and onsite admissions interviews. Items needed for consideration include: one-letter of recommendation and college transcripts. This Open House will take place in The Aymer Center at 1810 Lutheran Synod Dr., Salisbury, NC 28144. Please RSVP by Friday, October 26th Rboyd@hoodseminary.edu or 704-636-6455


Social Justice as Evangelism featuring Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00am-4:00pm

This event is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00am-4:00pm at University City United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. The event is free but registration is required. The event is presented by the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina. Read More

Hood Students to Attend Annual Conference


Hood students Nathaniel Cox and Sheila Wall-Hill are planning to attend the National Council of Churches (NCC) 5th annual Christian Unity Gathering on October 15-16, 2018. The theme this year is "A.C.T. to End Racism: Hard Truths in Beloved Community." Read More

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Rev. Dale M. Swofford Book Signing


Rev. Dale M. Swofford, M.Div.'04, has a new book out - "Goin' South: in search of equality." He will be on campus for a book signing on Friday, October 19 at 5:00p.m. Read More


OPENING CONVOCATION


Rescheduled:

October 19, 2018

6:00pm, Aymer Center

Convocation has been rescheduled due to inclement weather and will take place on October 19, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Aymer Center. The service will be preceded by a heavy hors d'oeuvre reception in the Aymer Center from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. No registration is required for the reception.

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Intergenerational Financial Empowerment Conference


Hood Theological Seminary will host the Intergenerational Financial Empowerment Conference on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00a.m.-12:30p.m. The location will be Hood Theological Seminary/Aymer Center located at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144. Registration is free. Please register by October 22, 2018 by calling toll-free 1-(877)-926-8300 or go Here

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TORNADO/HURRICANE - INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY


In preparation for the upcoming weather, please see the attached document from the Office of Safety and Security.

Download File Here!
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!

ANNUAL 1885 SOCIETY BANQUET


Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The Annual 1885 Society Banquet will be Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Aymer Center, starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50.00. If you plan to attend the banquet, please contact Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster at 828-782-4560, foster.lamont@gmail.com or Rev. Carolyn D. Bratton at 828-429-0094, carnettedewb@hotmail.com no later than Friday, October 19th to RESERVE your ticket(s).

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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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