News & Events

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Fifth Annual Hood Symposium

The 5th Annual All Hood Alumni and Friends Symposium will take place on March 12-13, 2020 at the HTS Aymer Center. The theme will be: "Spirituality and Stewardship: Supplanting Scarcity"

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2020 Heritage Lecture Series

The Bishop Alfred E. and Mrs. Mamie White Endowed Heritage Lecture Series will be held on February 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and February 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Both lectures will be held in the Aymer Center. For more information and to register, click here.

HOOD Lines - February 2020

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HOOD Lines- January 2020

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Firm Foundation Covenant Service

The Firm Foundation Covenant Service will be held on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. It will take place at Hood Theological Seminary in the Aymer Center.

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Open House and Campus Tour

Hood Theological Seminary will host an Open House and campus tour on April 4, 2020, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, located at 1810 Lutheran Synod Dr. Salisbury, NC 28144.

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HOOD Lines - December 2019

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Hood Lines - November 2019

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Chaplain Education Day

Chaplain Education Day is November 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Aymer Center.

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Register for the 1885 Society Dinner

The 1885 Society Dinner will be Friday, November 15, 2019, at 7 pm in the Aymer Center. The theme will be: “Stay the Course” with guest speaker: Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, ’98.

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Current Students and Alumni, Join Us for an Immersion Course in Ghana!

The HTS Immersion Course abroad will take place June 2020, on June 17-June 25, 2020. The seminary course will be held on the campus of Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra, Ghana. Convened by Dr. Sharon Grant, HTS faculty with the host, Rev. Prof. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, President, Trinity Theological Seminary.

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Dr. Mary Love's Monthly Display

Dr. Mary Love's monthly display commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Child Abuse Awareness Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. There is also a collection for items donated to the Terrie House and the Women’s Shelter.

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Passing of Rev. Dr. Dora Atlas

The entire Hood Community is saddened by the news that Hood Theological Seminary's oldest alum Rev. Dr. Dora Atlas passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019.

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Hood Theological Seminary Holds Annual Ruben L. Speaks Endowed Memorial Lecture Series

Hood Theological Seminary held its annual Ruben L. Speaks Endowed Memorial Lecture Series on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2019. This year’s featured presenter was the distinguished scholar-activist Dr. Miguel De La Torre, the Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at ILiff School of Theology.

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Podcast from ICFSH Now Live

The podcast from the International Center of Faith, Science, and History (ICFSH) at Hood Theological Seminary has gone live on both Spotify and Anchor.

Check them out here on Anchor and here on Spotify.

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HOOD Lines - October 2019

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Congratulations to Dr. Lattimore!

Dr. Vergel L. Lattimore, President of Hood Theological Seminary, will be recognized by the N.C. Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Living Legends organization this Saturday, August 24. See the entire article here.

Hood Lines - September 2019

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Hood Lines - August 2019

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Dr. Otto Harris to Lead Diversity Initiative

Dr. Otto Harris will lead the Comprehensive Plan of Inclusiveness, a conference-wide initiative centered around promoting diversity for the Western North Carolina in the United Methodist Church. Click here to read the entire article.

Hood Lines - July 2019

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Dr. Jim R. Wadford, Director of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program, has announced a new specialization in the D.Min. program - Homiletics and Preaching - beginning in the fall 2019 semester.

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HOOD Lines - June 2019

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Mrs. Doris Robinson Asbury, Mr. Reginald W. Brown, and Bishop Paul L. Leeland received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees at Hood Theological Seminary's eighteenth Commencement held on May 18, 2019.

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Congratulations to Rev. Edward Spence, Jr. '07, and F&M Bank who were this year's Bishop Hood Award winners.

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HTS was fortunate to have Bishop Paul Leeland deliver the commencement address on May 18, 2019. Leeland is the Resident Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Watch video of Bishop Leeland's commencement address here.


The new edition of the Hood's Herald is now available here online!


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Program has awarded Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) a grant to integrate scientific content within its theological curriculum. This grant is part of AAAS DoSER’s Science for Seminaries project and is organized in partnership with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

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HOOD Lines - March 2019

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Congratulations to the newly elected 2019-21 HTS National Alumni Association Executive Officers! Pictured are GeoRene Jones, Assistant Secretary; Tamica Robinson, Secretary; Yolanda Alston-Foster, Chaplain; and Lamont Foster, President. Not pictured: David McLean, Vice President; Kay Hines, Treasurer; and Antoinette Joiner, Parliamentarian.


Dr. Mary Love, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education, was invited to speak at a Black History Month celebration in Washington, DC.

She shared information about her vast collection of African American stamps with district and area leadership and employees of the postal service. Read the article from the Capital Metro Leader here.

Dr. Love was also featured in a Salisbury Post article about her love of stamp collecting


Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Hood Theological Seminary, Dr. Michael J. Gehring, just released a new book titled As the Broken White Lines Become One: A Spiritual Travelogue

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HOOD Lines February 2019

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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

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 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.

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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 alumnus of Hood Theological Seminary.

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HOOD Lines - November 2018

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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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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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HOOD Lines - October 2018

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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

HOOD Lines - September 2018

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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.

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

HOOD'S HERALD - Winter 2017-2018

Download past issues of the Hood's Herald:

Hood's Herald Vol. XVI, No. 1, Winter 2017-2018

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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Hood Seminary has received a grant from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to establish a Center for Chaplaincy to foster awareness, information exchange, and collaboration about the opportunities and practices in the field of professional chaplaincy. Dr. Ken Walden, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, is the Center’s Director.

For more information, visit the Center's pages on our website under the INITIATIVES tab on the home page.


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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