An e-newsletter
April 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:30—2:30 pm

Give Blood. Save a Life.

The CBC Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot next to the Security Office.
Click here to make an appointment or contact Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango or 704-636-6077.
April 10 and 13, 2019
Lenten Chapel Service
10 a.m.

The Christian Symbolism classes will guide the Lenten chapel services by sharing the drama, "The Passion Speaks." You are invited to experience the objects that caused suffering and share their feelings.
April 19 - 22, 2019

Hood Seminary will be closed Good Friday through Easter Monday. The offices will reopen Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 am. We wish all of you many blessings of faith, hope and love during this grace-filled Lenten Season.
April 24, 2019


Want to know where The United Methodist Church stands on human sexuality? After General Conference, will you be curious as to what was decided and how it will affect your ministry?  

Well, you aren't alone. Join us for our final lunch conversation on April 24th from 1pm-2pm. Talk with Dr. Ashley B. Dreff, Director of United Methodists Studies at Hood, to learn about what is going on in the denomination and where we'll be going after February.  

Grab a lunch from the Aymer Center or bring a box lunch and meet in the NeighborHood next to the Student Lounge. Looking forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions email Dr. Dreff, 
April 26, 2019

Center for Chaplaincy Pastoral Care and Healthcare Workshop

8:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Aymer Center

“Injustice Anywhere: Spiritual Care with Poverty and Healthcare Equity”

This free workshop will feature a Poverty Simulation sponsored by Cooperative Church Ministries of Cabarrus County, facilitated by Joyce Berry-Biles, and presenters from Novant Health’s Department of Diversity and Inclusion. Chaplains, CPE residents and interns, pastors, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community care-givers are invited to register to attend.
Attendees will earn 5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and l unch will be provided. Registration is required and will be limited to 80 registrants. Click here to register.
Coming Up Soon!

  • Honors Awards and Closing Convocation - Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 pm
  • 18th Commencement - Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30 am.

Both events will be held in Varick Audtitorium at Livingstone College.
Trinity Oaks Visitors
We were happy to welcome a group from neighboring Trinity Oaks retirement community on March 13th . They had a tour of campus, sat in on a class, and had lunch in the refectory. They were a delightful group!
Scenes from Hood's 4th Annual Alumni & Friends Symposium March 15th.
Thanks to our superb speakers* who imparted practical and constructive wisdom regarding lay leadership in ministry, and to our alumni and friends who participated and shared valuable insights as well. (*Ashley Dreff, Gerald D. Givens, Jr., Glenda Manning, JoAnne Holmes, Dwight M. Patterson, Bill Godiar, Clemmie Palmer, III, Jim Wadford, Daran Mitchell, and M. Andrew Davis.)
Doctor of Ministry Service of Candidacy
Eleven Doctor of Ministry candidates were recognized Saturday, March 16, at Hood's Service of Candidacy: Aldana Wandus Allen, Carolyn D. Bratton, Lisa R. Caldwell, Ronnie Lee Chrisp, Karim L. Currey, Willie Edward Givens, Angela Rene Greene, Farrar O’Neal Griggs, Anthony Eugene Neal, Harry Michael Somers, and Karen Martrice Wicker. Congratulations!
Books to Recommend: What every pastor must know to reach Millennials

"59 Percent of Millennials have left the church. Church leaders are struggling to turn the tide of this epidemic exodus. It doesn’t surprise me when I read almost universal statistics of Millennials abandoning church. Why? Because I am a millennial. And I almost left the church. Now, to my own surprise, I pastor a church that reaches a lot of millennials." Benjamin Windle

Click here for more information.
Dr. Trevor Williams , shown here with Dr. Mary Love and her Christian Symbolism class ( photo left ), visited campus March 23rd to share his knowledge of Christian symbols as depicted in the many wood carvings he presented to HTS over a decade ago.

Dr. Williams is a retired psychiatrist who lives at Trinity Oaks retirement center adjacent to HTS. He visits Dr. Love's class each semester to discuss the significance of the symbols in his exquisite carvings. Dr. Williams was presented with a photo book of his carvings that grace the walls and halls of HTS. ( Photo right, with his wife Gail Hounshell and Dr. Love. ) We are truly blessed to have such a good friend and neighbor!

Prospective students and alumni are invited to visit our booth at the following conferences coming up in June and July:

June 2-6 South Carolina Conference UMC : Greenville, SC: Greenville Convention Center

June 9-12 Holston Conference UMC : Lake Junaluska, NC: Lake Junaluska Retreat and Conference Center

June 11-14 North Georgia Conference UMC : Athens, GA: The Classics Center

June 12-15 North Carolina Conference UMC : Greenville, NC: Greenville Convention Center

June 13 -15 Alabama/Florida Conference AME Zion Church

June 20-22 Virginia Conference UMC : Roanoke, VA: Berglund Center

June 20-23 Western North Carolina Conference UMC : Lake Junaluska, NC: Lake Junaluska Retreat and Conference Center

July 12 - 19 Women's Home & Overseas Missionary Society - AME Zion Church: Orlando, Florida
Are You Preparing for Ministry as a Military Chaplain?

2019-2020 Academic Year MCA Scholarship Program

One way the Military Chaplains' Association speaks with a professional voice is through support for training the next generation of chaplains. Each year, we endeavor to provide financial assistance to several seminary students who are currently serving as chaplain candidates in the Air Force, Army, or Navy.

The MCA Chaplain Candidate Scholarship program was established in 1992. Since then, we have helped more than seventy chaplain candidates. Funds to support our annual scholarship awards come from donations by individuals, Chapel Funds, Chiefs of Chaplains Funds, and contributions made through the Combined Federal Campaign.

This year the MCA is pleased to offer up to four (perhaps six - see above) scholarships - each will be in the amount of $1,500.00. All applications must be received by May 31, 2019. 
For more information open the document  here.   2019 - 2020 MCA Scholarship Application
News of Dr. Albert Ayme r

Dr. Aymer, President Emeritus of HTS , has moved to The Village at the Triangle, a memory care facility in Austin, Texas, where he can be closer to his daughter, Margaret, who is on the faculty at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

H is new address is 4517 Triangle Avenue, Apt. #238, Austin, TX 78751. Cards and notes are welcome. Please keep Dr. Aymer and his family in your prayers.
Read the HTSNAA Special Edition Newsletter from Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster, President.
Congratulations to Dr. Curtis Walker , class of 1979 and HTS Trustee Emeritus, who was recently honored for twenty years of service on the Akron (Ohio) School Board. Last October, he was awarded the Outstanding School Board member for the Northeast region of Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA).

In November, he was awarded the ALL-OHIO School Board Member at the Capitol conference of OSBA, and in January, he was elected President of the Akron Board for the 4th time. Dr. Walker is running for Akron City Council; the Primary is May 7th. We wish him well!
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 .
In Their Own Words

Hood Theological Seminary (HTS) alumni have been making a difference in the world for over 100 years in diverse communities and settings. Meet one of Hood’s accomplished alumni who is living out the Seminary’s mission to prepare women and men for bold and creative leadership for the Christian church for a diverse world .

We celebrate all those who have come to HTS seeking excellence in theological education.

I love the diversity of the student body, the spirit and care of the faculty and the challenging nature of the coursework. Hood is a place where community means something.

Rev. Kris Mares, M.Div. 2015
Pastor, Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (Salisbury, NC)

Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango , the George E. and Iris Battle Professor of Old Testament and Languages , was a keynote speaker at a conference at Stellenbosch University outside of Cape Town in South Africa. The conference was March 13-15 on the theme, “Transgression and Transformation: The Role of Feminist, Postcolonial and Queer Biblical Interpretation in Fostering Communities of Justice. Her paper, titled “Justice for Rahab and the Gibeonites in the Book of Joshua: The Elusive Communities of Justice in the Imperial/Colonial Contexts,” engages a postcolonial analysis of the narratives depicting biblical Israel’s encounters with Rahab and with the Gibeonites. 

The conference was organized by Professor Julia Claassen, Professor of Old Testament and Chair of Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University, and hosted by the Gender Unit, Beyers Naude Center for Public Theology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University in collaboration with The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender of Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Mbuwayesango’s paper will be discussed at the Faculty Colloquium at Hood Theological Seminary on Thursday, April 4. 
Congratulations to Dr. Reginald Boyd, Jr., Director of Recruitment and Admissions, who was elevated in March to Chairman of the Student Personnel Administrators' Network (SPAN) Committee of the Association of Theological Schools. Dr. Boyd previously served as Vice Chair of SPAN.
Dr. Vergel Lattimore , President , will participate in a planning consultation hosted by the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, LaMirada, CA, on April 5 - 7. The project involves "The Assessment of Character and Spiritual Formation,"which is pursuing a 3-year Templeton Foundation grant.

On April 26, President Lattimore will represent HTS as a delegate in the Inauguration and Installation of The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Powell, III as the tenth president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.
Dr. André Resner and Dr. Sharon Grant will be part of an HTS golf team participating in Rowan Helping Ministry’s fundraiser on April 27th at 1:30 at the Crescent Golf Club in Salisbury, NC. Also on the team are students Carl Brown and David Cunningham
Come cheer them on! Go HTS!
Dr. Ashley Dreff , Director of United Methodist Studies , will be hosting the final talk about The United Methodist Special General Conference ("United or Untied Methodism?") in the Student Lounge during lunch (1pm-2pm) on April 24. It's open to all students. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Dr. Dreff was interviewed following the recent UMC General Conference and the transcript is available here: Part 1 of 3. 
The entire Hood community joins together in prayer for and offers sincere condolences to the family and friends of:

Mrs. Lottie Hunter
Mother of student Deborah Love
March 7, 2019

Rev. Dr. James W. Ferree, M. Div., 1955
March 26, 2019
Winston-Salem, NC

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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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