An e-newsletter                                                                    April 2017

Center for Faith & the Arts
207 W. Harrison Street, Salisbury, NC

 Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
or by appointment ( please call 704-647-0999).


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room 322 

Dr. Winters' lecture will primarily include topics from his recent book entitled "Hope Draped in Black: Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress."  This lecture is open to the public.  Dr. Ken Walden is the coordinator for the event.   

Dr. Winters is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Duke University. His scholarship includes African-American Religious Thought, Religion and Critical Theory, African-American Literature.  Dr. Winters received a Bachelors degree from Harvard University, a Masters degree from Duke University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

April 18-20, 2017

Smiling and Dialing for your support!

All donations go towards The Firm Foundation Annual Fund. 
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Dr. Donald Haynes - Chapel and Book Signing

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Chapel 10:10 a.m.

Library 11:15 a.m. - Book signing

The Aymer Center 1:00 p.m. - Book signing

Dr. Donald Haynes, adjunct professor of United Methodist Studies at Hood for seventeen years, has published a book on the Old Testament—Reading the Bible Again and Seeing It for the First Time—Volume I. This 722 page book is not “about” the Bible but is a companion to biblical study for laity and clergy. Dr. Haynes will be on campus to preach at chapel and sign books following the chapel service. All from the community are invited to come. 

 "A n Afternoon with Hood Seminary”
Alumni & Friends Reception
Sunday, April 23, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Featuring guest speaker, Rev. Elroy Davis, ’11

Bishop Memorial AME Church, 2221 Washington Street, Columbia, SC 29204.
Please RSVP by April 21st if you plan to attend.
704-314-4970 or


Break the Silence Sunday

Saturday, April 30, 2017
4:00 p.m.

The Aymer Center

A worship service led by downtown Salisbury clergy, Family Crisis Council, Triad Ladder of Hope, and Prevent Child Abuse Rowan to open up conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Alumni Milestone Luncheon

It's Time to Celebrate!

Friday, May 19, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Aymer Center

Registration Fee: $10.00 per person

Celebrating the Classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 

For additional information, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement via email or phone 704-314-4970.

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30 am

Varick Auditorium at Livingstone College
701 W. Monroe Street, Salisbury, NC

Sacrificial Offering Benefits Hood Seminary

The Ordination Service of the Western North Carolina Conference on March 17, 2017 was the occasion of a special offering inspired by the Holy Spirit to benefit Hood Theological Seminary.

The theme for the service, at Livingstone College in Varick Auditorium, was The Journey: Becoming a Disciple. Early in the program, Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Presiding Prelate, stressed the importance of all of our educational institutions functioning in the black. He affirmed that Hood is doing an outstanding job and that the church should ensure that the Seminary continues to grow and prosper as a premiere theological center. He further added that he was moved by the Holy Spirit to lift a sacrificial offering on behalf of the Seminary. The offering was led by Bishop Battle and 18 other persons who stood to donate $500 each. At the conclusion of the collection, the total raised for Hood Theological Seminary was over $15,000. This offering was then presented to Dr. Vergel Lattimore, President of Hood Theological Seminary.

At the end of the service, President Lattimore offered remarks and thanked Bishop Battle and the Conference for this extraordinary effort to support the Seminary and its vital mission. The Seminary is deeply grateful for this visitation of the Holy Spirit and prompting of generosity from members of the Western NC Conference of the Piedmont Episcopal District.

Student News

Greg Ezell, MDiv, was just appointed as Senior Pastor of Adairsville First United Methodist Church, Adairsville, GA, in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Linwood Buford, Jr., MDiv student and SGA President, is feeling blessed. He will begin a Chaplain Residency at CHS-NE in Concord, NC, in August.

Alumni News
Scenes from the 2nd Annual  All Hood Alumni Reunion Symposium and Celebration, Thursday and Friday, March 17 & 18, 2017
Rev. Dr. Otto Harris served as moderator for the morning sessions with presenters
R ev. Dr. Daran Mitchell, Rev. Angela Roberson, Rev. Janice Cooper, Rev. Dr. Reginald Broadnax, Rev. Dr. Clifford Barnette and Rev. J.R. Covington. Dr. Kenneth Q. James, Dr. Bradley R. Trick and Rev. Janice Cooper were present at the Opening Reception Thursday evening to discuss their recent book publications. Keynote speaker was Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, Georgia.

Alumni Awards

Rev. Dr. Otto Harris, Rev. Janet Garner-Mullins and Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman were recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards at this year's All Hood Alumni Reunion Symposium and Celebration. Dr. Spearman was not able to be present for the awards.

Congratulations to

Sheila Sholes-Ross, MDiv '09, who is one of fifteen contributors in the book Intercultural Ministry Hope for a Changing World, published in March 2017 through Judson Press. Her chapter is titled Beyond Resurrection Sunday. Sheila writes. "I am thrilled about this accomplishment, and thought it would be great to tell you, "thank you" for the role you had in my development at Hood." Rev. Sholes-Ross is in her fourth year as full-time pastor of First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, MA; the church's 30th pastor, first female, and first African-American.

Travis Davis, MDiv '16, has been accepted into a 2nd year residency at Carolinas Healthcare System Northeast with a specialization in palliative care. 

Michael Steel, MDiv '14 has a new book published - “10 things to Help your Marriage Today.” Read more

President Vergel Lattimore attended the pastoral installation service for Rev. Randall Cain, Jr., held on the campus of Winston-Salem State University on April 8. Cain, MDiv '15, is a member of the HTS Board of Trustees.
HTS Makes Contributions in the Salisbury/Rowan community
Students, faculty and staff served up a meal at Rowan Helping Ministries March 20
l to r: Linwood Buford, Jr., John Everett, Dora Mbuwayesango, Regina Dancy,
Frances Greene, and Angela Davis-Baxter.
Faculty News

Dr. Bradley R. Trick will be the preacher at First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, on Sunday, April 30 as part of the HTS/UMC Fifth Sunday partnership.

Rev. Dr. Ken Walden was a panelist at What's The Difference?, an interactive panel discussion on race at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, NC, on March 19. He led a seminar on "Inspiring Conversations on Race" Saturday, April 1st at First United Methodist Church, 90 East Franklin Street, Gastonia, NC.

Dr. Walden will participate in the Holy Thursday Worship Service on April 13th and the Good Friday Service on April 14th at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC.

Dr. Vergel Lattimore gave a meditation – “Ashiness Is an External Condition” – for the Ash Wednesday Service at St. James A.M.E. Church in Winston-Salem, NC. On March 2 and 3, he participated in a HBTS Writing project Consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Lattimore preached the sermon – “C.S.I.- Caring Spiritual Investigation,” on Family & Friends Sunday, at Soldiers Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Salisbury, NC on March 5. He served as Lenten Breakfast speaker at First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, on March 8. He attended a meeting of B.R.E.A.D at Christ the King Catholic Church in Columbus, OH.

On March 15, he attended the Trial Sermon of HTS student Vickie Hughes at Rockwell A.M.E. Zion Church in Derita, NC. And on March 17, Dr. Lattimore attended the Ordination Service of the Western N.C. Conference, A.M.E. Zion Church at Livingstone College. Also in March, he attended the Annual Conference of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Lattimore will offer the Invocation for the 2017 Graduation of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on Friday, May 12th, 4:00 p.m., at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. He will participate (along with Dr. Ken Walden) in the ATS Peer Practices Project, in Pittsburgh, PA April 19-21 and will attend the Retirement Celebration for Dr. Dan Aleshire for his 27 years of service to ATS. On April 27, Dr. Lattimore will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting of the N.C. Chaplain's Association, Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC; he will address the theme: Cultural Sensitivity in Conflicted Society.

Student Intern Opportunities

Student.Go is a missions program of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) that provides opportunities for students to serve with our field personnel and ministry partners as they live out CBF Global Missions commitments—cultivating beloved community, bearing witness to Jesus Christ and seeking transformational development.

Opportunities are the length of a semester or 10 weeks during the summer and include required orientation at the beginning of the experience as well as a debriefing at the conclusion. Students receive a stipend, $1700 for semester assignments and $1200 for summer assignments. Housing, food and local transportation are provided for most summer assignments and some semester assignments (some assignments will require additional fundraising). Students completing their first year of college and at least 18 years of age, as well as graduate students of any age, may apply.

Information or apply online now--

The Hood community joins together in prayer for and offers sincere condolences to the families and friends of:

Mr. Will Sandridge, Friend of the Seminary, Salisbury, NC, January 25, 2017

Dr. Sterling H. Whitener, Friend of the Seminary, Salisbury, NC, January 28, 2017

Roger Petty, Sr., father of student Joyce Petty, March 28, 2017

Leon Alexander Person, father of student Jeff Person, April 6, 2017, Robbins, NC

HTS is deeply grateful for the gifts we continue to receive in memory of Bishop Richard K. Thompson for the Bishop Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund. If you would like to make a memorial gift in Bishop Thompson's memory, please be sure to make checks payable to Hood Theological Seminary and include “Thompson Endowed Scholarship" on the memo line.

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