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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
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.
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
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.Read More
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
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 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 MoreRead More
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
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.Read More
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 HereRead More
In preparation for the upcoming weather, please see the attached document from the Office of Safety and Security.Download File Here!
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!Read More
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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, email@example.com or Rev. Carolyn D. Bratton at 828-429-0094, firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, October 19th to RESERVE your ticket(s).
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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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