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Hosanna Preaching Prize



2017 Winners

On October 26, 2016, twelve pastors and seminarians gathered at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to consider and discuss their preaching on the topic of Blessed: Preaching "Israel" as Ancient Symbol and Contemporary Reality, based on the March 12, 2017 Reformed Lectionary texts for the 2nd Sunday in Lent; Genesis 12.1-4a & John 3.1-17. Their goal was to understand and challenge ways of reading scripture and practicing faith which privilege one group, and set apart their relationship to God as superior.  It is also language which sits at the theological heart of the Israel / Palestine conflict.  


Exceptionalism —the view that a particular nation or people are a special privileged agent of God— fuels, justifies, and perpetuates injustice.  Our times cry out for courageous preaching firmly rooted in love and justice that will challenge exceptionalism.

Prize winners for Lent 2017

1st Place Winner
The Rev. Randy Bush, Senior Pastor
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Pittsburgh, PA
TEXT: Genesis 12:1-4
2nd Place Winner
The Rev. Heather Schoenewolf, Associate Pastor
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Pittsburgh, PA

TEXT: Genesis 12:1–4a
Read: Chosen


2016 Winners 

The Israel/Palestine Mission Network
of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
is pleased to announce
the winners of the 2016
Hosanna Preaching Prize
The 2016 Hosanna Preaching Prize is awarded to
Addie Domske, Seminarian, McCormick Seminary
(1st place)
Rev. Jon E. Cole and Rev. Lisa M. Lopez
(co-2nd place winners)
IPMN extends its congratulations to the prize winners.
Winning Sermons:
This year's prize recipients participated with diverse colleagues in ministry and the seminar leadership team in the first annual Hosanna Preaching Seminar, a 1-day educational event featuring readings, presentations, and dialogue held at the Cenacle Center in Chicago in October 2015. The seminar delved into creative, theologically responsible ways to challenge exceptionalism and to connect the liberating themes of the gospel to the crucible of Israel-Palestine.

The seminar participants prepared a sermon on the lectionary passages for the 3rd Sunday in Epiphany, preached it in their congregational settings, and wrote a reflection paper on the experience of preparing and preaching the sermon, as well as the congregational feedback they received.

The prize-winning sermons are linked above.

For more information about the Hosanna Preaching Seminar, please contact IPMN Education Chair, Rev. John Anderson or Hosanna Committee member, Rev. J. Mark Davidson. Please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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