The Hosanna Preaching Project came into being in 2014 to challenge and equip preachers to engage the Israel-Palestine issue from a stance of Christian solidarity with the Palestinian people and utilizing the best contemporary theological resources.
The Hosanna Project has expanded to include church educators as well as preachers, and teamed up with Black religionist Dr. Taurean J. Webb, Garrett Seminary. Webb’s ground-breaking curriculum, “Journeys Toward Justice”, originally prepared for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, will be the basis for our virtual conference in 2021.
Each year participants may enter a preaching submission that was written or preached as a result of the Hosanna Preaching Project experience. The prize-winning sermons hold their communities accountable to biblical and contemporary international standards of justice.
Visit the Hosanna Preaching Project website for full information and archives.
In 1915, the ten-year-old Osanna Panian walked over the mountains into Iran, escaping and surviving the Armenian Genocide. She lived her life as a refugee, always hoping and expecting to go home to Armenia. Because she was born on Palm Sunday, she was named Osanna (Hosanna in Armenian), which means “We beseech you, save us!” The Hosanna Preaching Prize is established by Noushin Framke in honor of her grandmother Osanna Panian (1905-1986), with the hope that all refugees might find their way home. Read more about the Hosanna Project backstory here.