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As Presbyterians prepare to gather in Portland this summer (June 18-25) for our 222nd General Assembly, the Israel / Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA) is pleased to highlight these valuable resources for study and reflection.  Prepare your hearts and your minds for the work ahead.  We hope to see you in June!
Congratulations to Noushin Framke, a longtime IPMN member who has served the network in many ways, including time on the Steering Committee. Noushin has been recognized with an Award of Excellence by the Associated Church Press for her piece "Burning Frankincense in Iran" which appeared in the December 17, 2015 edition of Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice.


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)
and
Rev. Jon E. Cole and Rev. Lisa M. Lopez
(co-2nd place winners)

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IPMN extends its congratulations to the prize winners.

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Winning Sermons:
Domske
Cole 
Lopez
 
This year's prize recipients participated with diverse colleagues in ministry and with the seminar leadership team in the first annual Hosanna Preaching Seminar, a 1-day educational event featuring readings, presentations, and dialogue. The seminar was 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: info@theIPMN.org
 
IPMN is excited to share with you a new collection of narratives, Palestine Is Our Home, edited by IPMN Steering Committee member Nahida Gordon, and available for sale here.  Dr. Gordon's work helps to bring to our consciousness the voices of those who are often unrepresented at Presbyterian tables:  our Palestinian sisters and brothers.  We urge you to take the time to hear their voices through this valuable resource.

From the book cover:

Within this book, one can experience first-hand the pathos, resilience, and aspirations of the Palestinian collective through the narratives of individual Palestinians who have undergone the tragedy of dispossession, denial, and exile. The very intimacy of these revelations, their searing honesty, and their unassuming humanity compel the reader to engage in the challenge of awareness through identification, and to acquire that uncomfortable, yet essential, knowledge that has hitherto been denied or excluded or distorted.The simple truth, often the most complex reality to convey, is laid bare in Palestine is Our Home for all those who want to shed the complacency of ignorance in favor of the responsibility of knowledge.


"Through their voices, including her own, Professor Nahida Gordon captures the painful and tragic past of the Palestinian people, as well as their present suffering, fear, and frustrations. What comes through is a tenacious hope for a peaceful future based on truth, justice, and reconciliation that embraces all the people in Palestine-Israel."

-- Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, founder and chairperson of the board of
MIFTAH, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy
 
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