"Hoodlines" - August 2017
An e-newsletter                                                                    August 2017


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Rowan Public Library
201 W. Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC

Dr. Ken Walden will lead the final book discussion of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Author Tim Tyson's autobiographical, National Book Critics Circle Award nominated, 
Blood Done Sign My Name, tells the story of the racial tension surrounding a 1970 lynching in Tyson's hometown of Oxford, NC. 

 Back to School Summit and Bash
Joining Hands to Lift and Impact the Younger Generation
Saturday, August 19, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First Mount Calvary Baptist Church
209 W. 28th Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
Phone: 704-333-3624

You are invited to join hands and lift children as they return to school for the 2017-2018 school year. There will be educational workshops for people that work with children, health screening for adults, free school supplies for children, and much, much, more!

We are asking that all participants bring a school supply or hygiene item to benefit the children and youth!

For more information contact Dr. Mary Love at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or register here.

Promote a Healthy Congregation
Free 10-week Course
September-November 2017

Presented by professionals from Cabarrus Health Alliance.

Who should attend?
Hood Seminary students AND Community Clergy/Leadership. These classes will help you transform your physical, mental and spiritual health and that of your congregation.

You will:


How to Create a Culture of Generosity
Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Empowering pastors and leaders to create a culture of generosity in the church that is both sustainable and contagious.  
Presented by
Carla Maxwell Ray
Generosity Strategist, GENERIS

The Aymer Center at Hood Seminary
Brunch will be provided
This is a free event; however, registration is required by September 7th in order to accommodate everyone comfortably. Please register here.  

August is Black Philanthropy Month (BPM)

Created in August 2011 by Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson and the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), BPM is an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving. Read more about BPM here.

To practice philanthropy toward Hood Seminary, please visit our website's Donate Now page.

HTS students, faculty, and staff! Let's gather in downtown Salisbury on August 24th for this special kick off to the new academic year!

Friday, September 15, 2017
6:00 p.m. in The Aymer Center

Featuring speaker Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Resident Bishop of the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Join us for this special celebration to observe the start of the new academic year. Read more.


Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7 at 10:10 a.m.

Featuring William B. Lawrence

Professor of American Church History
SMU Perkins School of Theology

Free and open to the public!

Save the Date!

HTS National Alumni Association's
1885 Society Dinner
Friday, November 10, 2017

The Aymer Center

Hood is so grateful for a gift of $1,000 from Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, Ramseur, NC, to the Friends of Baptist Scholarship Fund during their Special Ministries Celebration Sunday on July 30.

President Vergel Lattimore was the guest speaker for this program. Dr. Arthur W. Waddell, Senior Pastor, (D.Min. '15) and the members of the congregation expressed deep appreciation for the D.Min. project that has had a positive and constructive impact on the pastoral care ministries focus of this changing congregation.

News from Our Neighbors

Rowan Cabarrus Community College offers weekly
Weight Watchers meetings, North Campus,  Mondays @ 11:30, Building 600, Room 104 – enrolling now for the next series!

September 6, 2017 - RCCC
North Campus – Novant Mobile Mammography on site from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Call 704-216-3655 for an appointment. RCCC South Campus – Carolinas Medical Mobile Mammography on site at South from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Call 704-403-1729 for an appointment.


HTS J-term Immersion Course in Kingston, Jamaica - January 8 – 15, 2018 (class convenes Tuesday, January 9 – Friday, January 12)

Seminary class is held on United Theological College of West Indies (UTCWI). Convened by Dr. Sharon Grant, HTS Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, with Dr. Glenroy Lalor, Director of Graduate Studies (UTCWI).
CREDITS: History of Religion in the Caribbean - 3 credits – CHT 306
COST: $950.00 (all-inclusive package except weekend excursion/ meals)
ELIGIBILITY: HTS students, alumni, and spouses      
CONTACT:  Dr. Sharon Grant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or (704) 636-6517


HTS is the grateful recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to establish a Center for Chaplaincy at Hood Theological Seminary! Dr. Ken Walden will be the Director. New Information, including the Advisory Board and upcoming events, has been added to the HTS website.


Congratulations to:
Leo Roy, M.Div. '17, is the new pastor of Cottageville United Methodist Church and its sister church, Rehoboth UMC in Round O, SC. Read more here.
Tami Forte-Logan, M.Div. '17, will be ordained as Deacon in the Blue Ridge Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., at the Dorothy Walls Conference & Retreat Center, 495 Cragmont Road, Black Mountain, N.C.  28711.

NEW! Services for Alumni

HTS is partnering with two area professionals to provide insurance and financial services to our alumni: Sonya Young and Associates and Coggins Financial Services.


Ms. Kelly M. Bryant has joined Hood Seminary as Library Assistant/Writing Specialist. 

In addition to assisting the director of the library with circulation desk procedures, research and technology issues, and other library programming services, Ms. Bryant will also devote significant energy and time in the Margaret H. Kluttz Writing and Resource Center with one-on-one individual writing instruction. 

Ms. Bryant received a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (Major: English, Emphasis in Creative Writing; Minor: International Studies). She obtained a M.A. degree in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN. She brings rich and diverse experience assisting undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals with writing coaching and consultation. She has Tutor Certification from the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA).

President Vergel Lattimore was appointed as Chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Salisbury Rotary Club in July.

He attended the A.M.E. Zion Pastors/Ministers Retreat at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church, Charlotte, NC, on July 29.

Dr. Lattimore was the guest speaker for the Special Ministries Celebration Sunday at Oakland Missionary Baptist Church on July 30. The Senior Pastor is Dr. Arthur W. Waddell, D.Min. '16.

On August 13, he attended the 150th Anniversary of the Bellefonte Presbyterian Church Church, Harrisburg, NC. 
Dr. Mary Love participated in the 23rd Samuel D. Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry this summer at the Children's Defense Fund's Alex Haley Farm. "Hope for our future: From Weeping to Working for Justice for our Children" was the theme.(Pictured are Valtoria Jackson, Dr. Mary Love, and Tracey Matthews.) Read the full story here.

Dr. Don Haynes had brisk sales of his recently published book, Reading the Bible Again and Seeing It for the First Time, to Hood alums at the Western North Carolina UMC Annual Conference. He enjoyed autographing each one with a note about their student days at Hood. 

If you would like an autographed copy or copies for Sunday School teachers or “Bible moth” laity, you can order directly from Dr. Haynes at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Soft covers are $25.00; hard covers are $30.00, plus shipping. The book has endorsements from Dr. Christopher Seitz of University of Toronto, Dr. Leonard Sweet of Drew, Rev. Dr. Michael Brown of Marble Collegiate Church in NYC,  Dr. Robert Hopkins of Tulane University, and  Rev. Dr. Peter Graves of Cambridge, UK. 
Dr. Haynes is Adjunct Professor of United Methodist Studies.

Dr Dora Mbuwayesango’s updated essay, “How Local Divine Powers were Suppressed: The case of Mwari of the Shona,” was republished in Postcoloniality, Translation, and the Bible in Africa, (Musa Dube, editor; Pickwick Publications, 2017). She is also serving on the committee to elect Al Heggins for Salisbury City Council as co-campaign manager. 

Dr. Ken Walden has accepted an invitation to participate in a 3-year study (2017-2020) entitled "Current and Future Directions in Theological Education" funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The project will bring together innovative leaders and researchers in theological education for “sustained reflection and conversation on theological education at the field level.” 

In June, Dr. Walden (pictured on the right) attended a gathering in Chicago with various participating professors and educational institutions.

HTS Faculty and Staff gathered for a productive and motivational annual retreat on August 10 at The Forum, Salisbury-Rowan Schools' beautiful new administration building in downtown Salisbury. Drawing from Dr. Carol Dwerk's ground-breaking book "Mindset: the New Psychology of Success," we explored ways to incorporate a "growth mindset" into every facet of the HTS seminary experience.


2017 Grads and family and friends!!
Photos from Honors Convocation and Graduation are now available online. 

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

Fran Ward Black Holland
Mother of Janet Ward Black, Trustee Emerita
July 2, 2017

Mary H. Messinger
Mother of Dyke Messinger, Trustee
July 3, 2017

Morris Nathaniel "Nate" Bryant
Brother of Janice Silver, Institutional Advancement Office
July 3, 2017

Rev. Andrew E. Whitted, '59
President's Advisory Council
August 4, 2017

Rev. Herbert Lee Rhedrick, Sr.
Father of Herb Rhedrick, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology
August 4, 2017


Air Force Chaplain Corps

Paid Residency Opportunity - Central Christian Church, Mesa, AZ

McLeod Regional Medical Center

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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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