Daughter of Dr. Albert Aymer to speak at Hood commencement

  • Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:14 a.m.
Dr. Margaret Aymer
Dr. Margaret Aymer

Dr. Albert Aymer, president of Hood Theological Seminary, announced Wednesday that his daughter, Dr. Margaret Aymer, associate professor of New Testament and area chair of Biblical studies at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Ga., will be the commencement speaker on May 11. In making the announcement, Aymer said, “When it was suggested that Dr. Margaret Aymer should be invited to give our commencement address, I wasn’t sure if we could get such a noted and busy scholar to our campus. Needless to say, I was quite pleased and indeed honored that my daughter was able to be with us for this, the last graduation ceremony at which I will preside as the president of Hood Theological Seminary.”

Some of her most significant publications are “Teaching Christians to ‘Read’: Theological Education and the Church”; “Empire, Alter-empire and the Twenty-first Century”; “What Do the Gospels Say about Sex and the Church?” in “Frequently Asked Questions about Sexuality, the Bible, and the Church”; “First Pure, Then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass Reads James”; “African American Biblical Interpretation: An Introduction,” with co-author, Randall C. Bailey, and “Confessing the Beatitudes,” the 2011-2012 Horizons Bible study for Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church USA .

Margaret Aymer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Dr. Laurent Oget. She was born in Barbados, West Indies, and has deep cultural roots in Jamaica and Antigua. She has been in the U.S. since 1977 and is a citizen for 20 years. Margaret Aymer is a Teaching Elder (ordained minister) in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

She received her bachelor of arts degree from Harvard-Radcliff College; her master of divinity, master of philosophy, and Ph.D degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Hood Theological Seminary is the only theological seminary in the U.S. sponsored by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and is approved for the preparation of United Methodist clergy by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. It is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The faculty and student body of Hood represent a diversity of ethnicities, religious denominations, ages and backgrounds. Hood’s purpose is to educate and prepare its students for leadership in various ministries and vocations to which they feel called by God. As a theological seminary, it provides for the church an educational community in which Christian maturity and ministerial preparation take place together.

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