News & Events

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

FREE 10-WEEK COURSE

Led by Cabarrus Health Alliance professionals at Hood Seminary, September-November 2017
2 schedule options

Who should attend? Hood Seminary students and Community Clergy/Leadership. These classes will help you transform your physical, mental and spiritual health.
You will:

  • Learn to plan, shop for, and prepare healthy meals for your family
  • Discover delicious, healthy, family-friendly recipes
  • Explore simple ways to be physically active
  • Talk about the connections between food, physical activity and faith
  • Learn about community resources to support the health of your congregation
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HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE OF GENEROSITY


Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Aymer Center
on the Seminary campus
Brunch will be provided

Empowering pastors and leaders to create a culture of generosity in the church that is both sustainable and contagious.

Featuring Carla Maxwell Ray, Senior Generosity Strategist with Generis.

Reservations are required for this free workshop. Please RSVP to Janice Silver at jsilver@hoodseminary.edu or 704-636-6926.

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NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING


SAVE-THE-DATE
Friday, September 15, 2017
4:00-5:30 p.m.
The Aymer Center

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to use the Conference Call Dial In number to listen to the meeting.
Conference Call Number: 605-475-4120
Access Code: 303 6622

If you have additional questions/concerns, please contact the Nation Alumni Association President, Dr. Lamont Foster at 828-782-4560 or foster.lamont@gmail.com

Please see attached Agenda!

OPENING CONVOCATION


Friday, September 15, 2017

6:00 p.m. in The Aymer Center

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Resident Bishop of the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be the speaker. Join us for this special event to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year at Hood Seminary.

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KELLY M. BRYANT JOINS SEMINARY STAFF


Kelly M. Bryant has joined Hood Theological Seminary as Library Assistant/Writing Specialist. In addition to assisting the director of the library with circulation desk procedures, research and technology issues, and other library programming services, Ms. Bryant will also devote significant energy and time in the Margaret H. Kluttz Writing and Resource Center with one-on-one individual writing instruction.

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HOPE FOR OUR FUTURE

by Dr. Mary Love, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education

"EMPOWERMENT" summed up the experience of the 23rd Samuel D. Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. "Hope for our future: From Weeping to Working for Justice for our Children" was the theme.

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BISHOP RUBEN L. SPEAKS MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES

riday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
and
Saturday, October 7 at 10:10 a.m.
Room 315

Featuring William B. Lawrence

Professor of American Church History
SMU Perkins School of Theology

Lecture I: The Power of Faith Amid Powerful Forces

Lecture II: Personal Faith and Public Witness

Both lectures will acknowledge the significance of the fact that this October celebrates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's actions that launched the Reformation.

All are welcome!

THE CENTER FOR CHAPLAINCY AT HOOD THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY


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.

ASHLEY BOGGAN DREFF TO JOIN HOOD FACULTY


Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff will join Hood Theological Seminary, effective August 1, 2017, as Director of United Methodist (UM) Studies and Student Recruitment.

Dr. Dreff has a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Drew Theological School with a concentration in Wesleyan/Methodist Studies and Women/Gender Studies. Her doctoral dissertation topic was Methodist and the New Morality: A History of Twentieth-Century Methodist Sexual Ethics (March 2017). She holds a B.A. in Art History (Cum Laude) from the University of Arkansas (2009) and an A.M. in Religious Studies (History of Christianity) from the University of Chicago Divinity School (2012).

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HOODlines - July 2017


Catch up on the latest news and events at Hood Theological Seminary in the
July HOODlines!

HTS RECEIVES GRANT FOR CENTER OF CHAPLAINCY


Hood Seminary has received a $50,000 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. Dr. Walden has in-depth experience in military and hospital chaplaincy, as well as church pastoral leadership.

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UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS


A.M.E. Zion Lay Council Conference - Alumni Event
Wednesday, July 25th
Marriott Downtown, Knoxville, TN
Additional Information is forthcoming!

RSVP to Carmen W. Harper at cwilder@hoodseminary.edu

STAY CONNECTED!

PHOTOS FROM GRADUATION WEEKEND AVAILABLE NOW


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

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017!


2017 Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and
Doctor of Ministry g
raduates and Faculty

2017 BISHOP JAMES WALKER HOOD AWARDS


Congratulations to this year's Bishop Hood Award winners:
The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation and Dr. Trevor Williams.


Paul and Beth Woodson accepted the award on behalf of the
Woodson Foundation.

Bishop Michael A. Frencher, Sr. and President Vergel Lattimore presented the award to
Dr. Trevor Williams accompanied by his wife, Dr. Gail Hounshell.

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HOOD'S HERALD - Spring 2017


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

If you would like to be on our mailing list, please contact Carol Palmer at cpalmer@hoodseminary.edu.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED


Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II,
and Rev. Dr. Mark J. Key were elected to the Board of Trustees in February 2017.

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NEW DOCTOR OF MINISTRY SPECIALIZATIONS ANNOUNCED


Hood Theological Seminary is pleased to announce 2 new Doctor of Ministry degree specializations:

The Doctor of Ministry in Community Advocacy and Social Justice Ministry and

The Doctor of Ministry in Clinical Pastoral Education Supervision

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SPECIAL J-TERM COURSE ABROAD


January 8 - 15, 2018
HTS J-term Immersion Course abroad

This Seminary class is held on the campus of United Theological College of West Indies (UTCWI). Convened by Dr. Sharon Grant, HTS faculty, with Dr. Glenroy Lalor, Director of Graduate Studies (UTCWI)


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THE OXBRIDGE EVANGELIST


Congratulations to Dr. Michael J. Gehring whose new book, The Oxbridge Evangelist: Motivations, Practices, and Legacy of C. S. Lewis, was just published by Wipf and Stock (Cascade Books).

Dr. Gehring is Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Hood Seminary and Senior Pastor of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, NC.

A STATEMENT ON THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN


We the undersigned faculty, administrators, and staff of Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC, are deeply grieved by the recent presidential campaign and the hostile climate that has emerged as a result. The 2016 campaign rhetoric promoted and emboldened negative and dangerous ideologies such as racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia, and vile practices such as the bullying and demeaning of groups and individuals. As persons who seek to bear faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who see value and dignity in all persons, each of whom is part of the image of God, we raise our voices in protest against such ideologies and practices.


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HBTS Writing Project


Presidents and Deans of the Historically Black Theological Schools (HBTS) met October 21-22 at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, to discuss the HBTS Writing Project, a collaborative effort to document the unique history and formation of the six historically black theological schools in the US (Hood Theological Seminary, Howard University Divinity School, Interdenominational Theological Center, Payne Theological Seminary, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, and Shaw University Divinity School).

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Professor Bradley Trick's New Book Published


Abrahamic Descent, Testamentary Adoption, and the Law in Galatians - Differentiating Abraham's Sons, Seed, and Children of Promise
was published by Brill in August. In this volume, Bradley R. Trick, Assistant Professor of New Testament, argues that Hellenistic testamentary adoption provides the key to understanding Abrahamic descent and its implications for the law in Galatians. Read more here.

HTS Mourns the Passing of Board Chairman, Bishop Richard Keith Thompson


With heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Hood’s beloved Board Chairman, Bishop Richard K. Thompson, on Saturday, July 16th.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday, July 25 at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC. Please pray for his family, the A.M.E. Zion Church family, and all those whose lives he touched through his ministry.

Born July 7, 1943, in Kannapolis, NC, Thompson earned an A.B. degree from Livingstone College in 1965 and a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary in 1968. He was elected the 86th bishop in the line of succession during the A.M.E. Zion Church’s 44th General Conference in 1992.

Bishop Thompson served with dedication and distinction on the HTS Board of Trustees since its inception in 2001. We will miss his strong, quiet leadership which transformed and inspired those who worked with him to strengthen and support the Seminary.

The family has graciously requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hood Theological Seminary for the Bishop Thompson Endowed Scholarship,1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144.