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November 2017 - eNewsletter

An e-newsletter
November 2017
November is Diabetes Awareness Month

About 84.1 million people (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 do not even know it.

Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to have diabetes. It increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. If you have prediabetes, losing weight by eating healthy and being more active can cut your risk of getting type 2 diabetes in half. If you are not sure if you have prediabetes, go to doihaveprediabetes.org  and take the test. 

Read more about diabetes awareness and prevention here. For a helpful bulletin insert for your church, click here.
Diversity Talks
Wednesday, November 15 and
Saturday, November 18
1:10 - 1:50 p.m.
in the Aymer Center

Join other members of the Hood community to discuss interesting topics that include issues of justice and the role of Christians and the church taking place bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays during lunch in the Aymer Center. 

Vickie Hughes is Track I facilitator on Wednesdays and Linda Yow is Track II facilitator on Saturdays. Please feel free to contact Vickie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Linda at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details or to offer suggestions for future Diversity Talks topics/scenarios. Topics include current issues pertaining to racial prejudice, preaching styles, racial reconciliation efforts, gender discrimination, denominational differences, sexual orientation challenges, generational differences, and other topics.
Thanksgiving Blessings
to all our
Alumni and Friends 
from the Hood Seminary community!
The Seminary will be closed November 22 - 26, 2017. Offices reopen Monday, November 27.
November 28, 2017

This National Day of Giving was created to celebrate and bring focus to generosity and charity in the wake of the commercialized Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Your gifts continue to impact the lives of our students and enable Hood’s vibrant learning community to thrive and develop in ways that challenge and inspire.

As you give thanks and share the weeks to come with family and friends, we ask that you please remember the Seminary’s Firm Foundation Annual Fund Drive.

Click here to make your secure online gift to the Firm Foundation Annual Fund. Every gift, small and large, is greatly appreciated and stewarded responsibly.

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
Friday, December 1, 2017
6:00 p.m. in The Aymer Center

Join us as we celebrate the Holy Season of Advent through the observance of the Service of Lessons and Carols. This moving service originated at King’s College, Cambridge, England in the early part of the twentieth century and is observed widely today. 

Dr. Ashley Dreff, Director of United Methodist Studies and Student Recruitment, will be the speaker. The service is open to the public - all are welcome!
Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hood Seminary is the grateful recipient of a grant from the First United Church of Christ Foundation (Salisbury, NC). This generous Foundation awards grants to over 30 worthy organizations in Salisbury and North Carolina each year.

The funds granted to HTS this year are designated exclusively for student scholarship assistance.
Articles by Rev. Dr. Clay Barrow, DMin '17, and Rev. Kris Mares, MDiv '15, have been published in the Church Executive July/Aug. andSept./Oct. digital editions (pages 26 and 17 respectively).

Clay and Kris share personal stories about their journey at Hood.. Both articles have been consolidated into a Lifetime Learning e-book, along with additional information about Hood, on the Church Executive website.
Class auditors welcome!

Learning is a lifelong process and we invite all to continue the learning journey with us! Those who seek further education for personal enrichment, may register for classes as an auditing student. Spring 2018 classes begin January 23, 2018.

Christian Ethics with Rev. Thomas Grinter, Methodist Doctrine with Dr. Ashley Dreff, Worship and Preaching I with Dr. André Resner, and Foundations of Christian Education with Dr. Mary Love. Auditors pay only $75 per course! For details on class days and times, click for Track I and Track II. Read more about the audit process here.
The Ruben L. Speaks Memorial Lecture Series, October 6 and October 7, featured William B. Lawrence, Professor of American Church History at SMU Perkins School of Theology. Dr. Lawrence's lectures acknowledged the significance of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's actions that launched the Reformation.
An Edu-Worship Service was held October 24, 2017, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Mont.Scenes from Tuesday evening's Awareness Service focused on Domestic Abuse. Thanks to HTS alumna, Rev. Marguerite Lee, '05, for her presentation. Other special guests included Katy Temple of the Family Crisis Council, and Beth McKeithan of Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.
HTS hosted a Reformation Panel on October 25, a panel discussion on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. Panelists were Father John EckertSacred Heart Parish, Salisbury, NC; Rev. Rhodes Woolly, St. John's Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC; Rev. Robert Black, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Salisbury, NC; and Rev. Dr. Byron Grayson, St. Paul AME Church, Lenoir, NC.

Dr. Sharon Grant, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, was Convener; Dr. Ashley Dreff, Director of United Methodist Studies and Student Recruitment, was Moderator.
Students and alumni enjoyed a lively CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Day November 2! Twelve institutions from North and South Carolina engaged and informed us about opportunities for Clinical Pastoral Education programs.
Hood students had a float in the Livingstone College homecoming parade on October 28. HTS SGA sponsored a fundraising challenge which netted over $6,500!! Winners in the challenge were Charlotte Pinkett and Keith Banner. Other contestants were Mamie Hannah, Maria Lacewell and Eleazar Partida. Pictured on the float with Queen Charlotte and King Keith are Rona Watson, Antoinette Joiner, Maria Lacewell, Mamie Hannah, and Sandra Hemby.
Founding members of the Alumni Association's 1885 Society were present at the Society's dinner last Friday evening. The event raises funds for scholarships at Hood.
Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross, MDiv. '09, contributed a chapter, "Resurrection Sunday," in Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World, published earlier this year by Judson Press. Sholes-Ross's experiences were highlighted in a review of the book in the October "Sojourner."

Rev. Sholes-Ross is pastor of First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Marvis Stewart, MDiv. '16, is pictured in the latest promotional poster for Palmetto Care Tuomey Home Care and Hospice in Sumter, SC. We're so proud of Chaplain Stewart and all our alumni who minister to persons in every stage of life.

Dr. Mack T. HinesDMin. '05, was named the chairman of the Morris College Board of Trustees.

Hines holds a bachelor degree from Allen University, a bachelor degree in divinity from the former Morris College School of Religion, a doctorate of ministry degree from Hood Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate degree for outstanding leadership in the state of South Carolina from Morris College. Read more here.
Alumni in the Norfolk, Virginia, area gathered to reunite and fellowship together on October 13 during the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District Summit.
Rev. Jeff Person, MDiv. '17 (right), and Rev. Clarence Weston, Jr. MDiv. '15 (second from right), are pictured recently at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Also in the photo are Rev. James Ingram and Rev. Ramona Cook. Congrats to Rev. Person and Rev. Weston on continuing their Clinical Pastoral Education journey!


Third Annual Alumni Symposium and Celebration
March 15 & 16, 2018
The HTSNAA Bylaws and HTSNAA Membership Form are available to download on the website.
Forum for Theological Education (FTE) offers fellowships to sustain current Ph.D. and Th.D. students of color through graduate school and into a vocation of teaching and scholarship. In doing so, FTE is working toward improving the quality of theological education and scholarship by diversifying the faculties of theological schools. To learn more, click here.

If you're attendiing these events or are in the area, look for the Hood Seminary table and stop by to visit with Hood Seminary representatives:

Healthy Churches 2020
November 13-17, 2017
Westin Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head, SC

AME Zion Mid-Winter Meeting
December 27-30, 2017
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Vergel Lattimore, President, attended the 42nd Annual Greater Enrichment Luncheon Program, hosted by Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Charlotte, NC on October 18. President Lattimore participated in the 500th Reformation Anniversary Worship Celebration at St. John's Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC on October 29. On November 7 and 8, he attended a gathering of African American deans and presidents hosted by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and facilitated by InTrust for Theological Education, Inc., Indianapolis.

Dr. Lattimore will be the Sunday morning speaker at the Rockwell A.M.E. Zion, Charlotte, NC, (Rev. Jordan Boyd, Senior Pastor) on November 12. He will be the Speaker at the Annual Founder's Day Worship Service at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, on November 16. On November 29 and 20, Dr. Lattimore will participate in the ATS Board meeting in Pittsburgh.
Congratulations to Cynthia Pharr, HTS security officer, who received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix on October 21! We're very proud of you, Cynthia!
The Hood community joins together in prayer for and offers
sincere condolences to the families and friends of:

Ms. Maria H. Hall, '14
October 21, 2017
Salisbury, NC

Mr. André (Andy) Resner
Father of Dr. André Resner
November 6, 2017
Salisbury, NC

Father of Jackie Dove, ' 10
November 5, 2017
Your gift to the Annual Fund is essential in promoting the mission of the Seminary and in helping keep tuition as low as possible for our students.
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Every gift, small and large, is greatly appreciated and stewarded responsibly.

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Visit the new Planned Giving website for helpful information and valuable resources to help you determine the ideal planned giving option for you. For more information contact John C. Everett, Director, Institutional Advancement, at 704-636-6545. 
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