EduWorship is an intentional experience at Hood Theological Seminary that brings awareness to Breast Cancer, Children, and Domestic Violence. This annual event was held October 24, 2023, at the Aymer Center using the theme “Pressing Forward for Advocacy, Well-being and Justice.” Minister Loria Lofton, owner of IMBESI Counseling and Life Care, PLLC in central Texas, was the educator. Her company works to provide mental/behavioral health services to the underserved and disadvantaged in the area. Lofton encouraged participants to examine first what “In the Press.” Then she explored “DIRE Times”. The word DIRE served as an acronym that posed a charge to participants who need to Discern, Identify, Recognize, and Empower to make a difference where service is rendered.
Dr. Angela Peterkin, Chaplin at Salisbury Veterans Hospital, rendered a musical witness. Not only was this an opportunity to worship and educate, but it was also an opportunity to bless. Hood was intentional in blessing three Salisbury agencies: Terri Hess Child Advocacy Center, Family Crisis Center – Battered Women’s Shelter, and Rowan Helping Ministries. Each agency received a table of blessings, including items to meet the needs of their clients.
Hood offers thanks to all who contributed in any way to make the event a success. Special thanks go to the Salisbury Rowan Community Foundation for their contribution toward the effort. Thanks also to F. A. C. T. and every donor of items shared with the agencies. Working together made it possible for us to make a difference. This annual event was coordinated by the Community Life Committee of Hood Seminary.
Hood Theological Seminary, located at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive in Salisbury, NC, is a graduate and professional school sponsored by the A.M.E. Zion Church and approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. Its student body, faculty, and staff currently comprise persons from many different denominations. Hood's mission is to prepare women and men for bold and creative leadership for the Christian church in a diverse world.
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