An e-newsletter
May 2019
Honors Awards and Closing Convocation
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 pm

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

Dr. Michael J. Gehring, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Hood Theological Seminary, will be the speaker at this year's Honors Awards and Closing Convocation. Dr. Gehring is Senior Pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, NC. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (UK), the D.Min. from Southern Methodist University, and the Th.M. from Duke University. He also received an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Read more .
Hood's 18th Commencement
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30 am.

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

Bishop Paul Leeland, Resident Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, will deliver the address at Hood's 18th Commencement. Bishop Leeland is originally from North Carolina and is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan, Duke Divinity School, and North Carolina State University. He was elected to the episcopacy in 2008, and was assigned to the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Read more .
DMV Area Alumni & Prospective Student Gathering
Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Quincy’s, 11401 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
(5 Minute Walk from the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center)

Please RSVP by Friday, May 17th to c

Upcoming UMC Alumni and Student Events


South Carolina Conference
Alumni & Prospective Students Lunch Fellowship
Tuesday, June 5th @ 12:30 pm
TD Convention Center
1 Exposition Drive (Room 102A), Greenville, SC 29607
Please RSVP by Friday, May 18th to 704-314-4970 or c

North Carolina Conference
Alumni & Prospective Students Lunch Fellowship
Thursday, June 14th @ 12:30 pm
Golden Corral
504 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834
Please RSVP by Friday, June 1st to 704-314-4970 or c

Western North Carolina Conference
Alumni & Prospective Student Dinner Fellowship
Friday, June 22nd @ 5:30 pm
The Foundation for Evangelism Center
125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
Please RSVP by Friday, June 8th to 704-314-4970 or c
The United Black Fund, Inc. , is sponsoring a National Essay Contest and offering cash prizes to promote discussion about, and solutions for, the pandemic violence plaguing our communities. The deadline is June 19, 2019. Read more here .
Scenes from the Center for Chaplaincy Pastoral Care and Healthcare Workshop, April 26, 2019, “Injustice Anywhere: Spiritual Care with Poverty and Healthcare Equity” . The Workshop included a Poverty Simulation exercise and presentations on health equity . It was a wonderful opportunity for raising awareness and exchanging information and ideas!
HTS receives Grant from The American Association of the Advancement of Science

Hood is pleased to announce that The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Program has awarded Hood Theological Seminary 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).

Read the full story on our website .

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
HTS alumnus Rev. Charles Lewis was featured in the Hickory Daily Record Flair on Sunday, April 7th. Rev. Lewis was very active in the civil rights movement and will have a street named in his honor in Conover, NC on June 1, 2019 . Lewis is a retired minister now living in South Carolina. Read the full story here .
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 travel the state of North Carolina coordinating, reaching and teaching multi-generational community leaders, faith leaders, and political leaders on personal development, advocacy, and life management topics.

The training covers such topics as Intergenerational Financial Management, Fraud and Cyber Security, The Road to Medicare, Job Search in the Digital Age, and Self Health and Wealth Care.

The intensive, informative and diverse education I received at Hood Theological Seminary prepared me for leadership in my community and in a national organization (AARP).
Rev. Janet Garner-Mullins, M.Div. 2015
Faith Outreach Impact Leader for North Carolina, AARP
Kimberly Clarke , Program Coordinator for the Institute for Early Career Clergy Development at HTS , has been appointed to serve as Pastor of Triad Native American UMC in Greensboro, effective July 1, 2019.
Dr. Vergel Lattimore , President , was approved as a Psychotherapist member in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) on May 1, 2019.

Dr. Lattimore will be the speaker for the 57th Commencement at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), Delaware, Ohio on May 25, 2019.
Dr. Trevor Eppehimer, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology , is teaching a four-week class at First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury on Easter, Human Politics, and the Promise of a New Creation .

Classes are April 28: The Return of the Dead: What Easter Meant (And Can Mean Again) ; May 5: "The New Creation is Now": Social Gospel Movements; May 12: "The New Creation is Not Yet": Christian Realism; and May 19: A Politics of Trust and Hope: The Life of Jesus as Political Manifesto.


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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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