An e-newsletter
December 2018
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! HTS will close at 5pm on Thursday, December 20. Our offices will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Hood Theological Seminary is delighted to be one of the partner institutions collaborating with the “Race, Religious Freedom and the Politics of Belonging” program. On October 29th the Religious Freedom Center in partnership with Virginia Union University’s School of Theology hosted the program “Race, Religious Freedom, and the Politics of Belonging.” This public conversation focused on the complex politics of race and religious freedom in this country. This program served as the launch event for the Religious Freedom Center's three-year Luce-funded project with Historically Black Theological Institutions (HBTIs) to develop curriculum on African Americans and Religious Freedom.

Also,   Registration  is now open through December 1, 2018 for the REL 700 course. The course cost for students enrolled with HBTIs or other invited organizations is covered by the grant.

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.

On  Thursday, March 14  there will be a Networking Reception from  5:00-7:00 p.m. Agency Representatives, Congregational Lay Leaders/Coordinators, and Faculty, Staff, and Student Interns will be present.

On  Friday, March 15  the Symposium will take place form  8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  There will be a Continental Breakfast in the morning. The Morning Reflections will be titled "The Role and Impact of Laity in the Church." Presentation one will be titled "Lay Leaders: The Soul of Congregational Life & Ministry." Presentation two will be titled "Best Practices for Empowering Lay Leaders." A Celebration Luncheon will follow the presentations. The Keynote Speaker will be   Clemmie Palmer, III, MD, M.Div.'16. Presentation three will be titled "Celebrating and Coaching Lay Leaders." The Symposium will adjourn with a Symposium Review: "Implications for Ministry to the Millennial Generation" followed by a Symposium Wrap-Up/Evaluation.

Registration information is forthcoming.

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 alumni of Hood Theological Seminary.

Hood Theological Seminary is a graduate and professional school where intellectual discourse and ministerial preparation occur in tandem within the framework of a community of faith. Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the Seminary is sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church and approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Its student body currently comprises persons from many different denominations. As a theological seminary, it provides for the church an educational community in which Christian maturity and ministerial preparation take place together. 

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 alumni) 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.
Above are scenes from the Kinard Family visit to Dr. Lattimore's Pastoral Care and Counseling class at HTS. Daughter Dr. Joy G. Kinard and wife of HTS Alum John R. Kinard, Majorie Kinard, visited the class on November 14, 2018. The event was titled "Remembering the Legacy of John R. Kinard at Hood Theological Seminary."
Below are scenes from the Annual 1885 Society Dinner which took place November 16, 2018.
1885 Social Banquet Entertainment by The Livingstone College Gospel Choir above, under the direction of Rev. Christopher Gray
Congratulations to the New 1885 Society Founding Members (Above in Bold)
Left to Right: Rev. Harold Robinson, Rev. Dr. William Jordan and Rev. William Turner . Also pictured on Left: Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster, HTSNAA President and on the Right: Dr. Vergel Lattimore, HTS President
Above Faculty member Dr. Clay Barrow sharing a meal and conversation with incoming student Rev. Andrea Purcell and loyal Friend of HTS Rev. Mildred Twitty
Above Dr. Lattimore greets Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Grant Harrison, Jr., ’05 creator the of the 1885 Society
Shown Above is 2018 Alumni Award Recipient Rev. Harold O. Robinson, ’98  
Excellence in Pastoral Leadership 
Above Alumni & Friends of HTS enjoying the 2018 1885 Society Banquet
Above HTS Student Rev. Dr. Karen Owens and her father, Chester Owens Jr. , enjoying the banquet! 
Shown above is 2018 Alumni Award Recipient
Rev. Janet Garner-Mullins, ’15
Excellence in Community Leadership and Social Witness
Below are scenes from the Lessons and Carols event which took place on November 30, 2018.
Below are scenes from the Holiday Gathering which took place December 6, 2018.
The Hood Theological Seminary Community of Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends of HTS donated over 150 winter hats, gloves, scarves, and socks during the Annual Holiday Gathering at Hood Seminary.

 Alum Rev. Dr. Otto D. Harris, III was awarded the United Methodist Men Award.  Read More

November Events
President Vergel Lattimore attended the Annual N.A.A.C.P Freedom Dinner at the Salisbury Civic Center, November 3, 2018.

On November 9, President Lattimore represented HTS at the Inauguration of Dr. Lester McCorn as the next President of Clinton College, Rock Hill. SC.

On November 14 President Lattimore participated in the Annual Salisbury Community Foundation Luncheon, Salisbury Country Club.

On November 25 President Lattimore preached at the 33rd Annual Youth Scholarship Sunday at First Baptist Church - West, Charlotte, NC.

On November 29-30 President Lattimore participated in the meeting of the ATS Board of Directors, Pittsburgh, PA.

December Events
President Lattimore attended the Board meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club on December 4, 2018.

President Lattimore will attend the welcome program of the 27th Annual National African American Honors Program Conference, Concord, NC on December 14, 2018.

Please pray for those missing loved ones during this time of year. Also pray for those impacted by natural disasters.

Check myHood and Bulletin Boards on campus for job opportunities.

Get your Hood gear online! Shirts, jackets, hats, etc. available.
Create Your Legacy with a Planned Gift
~ Do you have an IRA?

~ Are you at least 70 1/2 years of age?

~ Would you like to help HTS in its mission to prepare women and men for bold and creative leadership for the Christian church for a diverse world ?

If you answered ''Yes" to all three questions, please consider an IRA Charitable Rollover.

In an IRA Charitable Rollover, the distribution of up to $100,000 annually made directly from the IRA custodian to a qualifying public charity, such as HTS, is excluded from gross income and counts toward the required minimum distribution.

For more information, contact John Everett at or (704) 636-6545, or visit our Planned Giving website for lots of helpful information.
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