Lincoln University students, faculty and staff are actively supporting neighboring Hosanna Church through service and volunteerism. Since 1843, the small brick church has sat at the corner of Baltimore Pike and Ashmun Avenue, and played a central role in the founding of Lincoln University (formerly Ashmun Institute). Brothers James Ralston Amos and Thomas Hunter Amos, among the first students to enroll at Ashmun Institute, were members of Hosanna and several generations of their descendants have attended Lincoln University.
Following the September 25 School of Humanities and Graduate Studies convocation to explore the historical relationship between the church and university, offers to support Hosanna (which still opens for service every Sunday morning) have flowed in:
- Accounting and finance professor Kenny Edwards is providing his services as a certified public accountant to assist the church in organizing its finances.
- Reverend Frederick Faison, Director of Chapel & Religious Activities, is organizing a fellowship ceremony between Hosanna and Mary Dod Brown Chapel during Homecoming weekend with music professor Eldryn Colemen directing the Lincoln Chorale.
- Lincoln students have begun attending service at Hosanna.
- Mass communication professor Jai Cupid and students enrolled in her Public Relations and Practice course will write press releases and conduct community and media outreach for Hosanna.
- Sociology and anthropology professor Jean Waites-Howard and her Social Policy students will visit Hosanna church and historic cemetery as they study civil issues this semester.
- Economics professor Ganga Ramdas has written a poem dedicated to Hosanna’s founding members to be used for fundraising on behalf of the church.
- School of Humanities and Graduate Studies Dean Cheryl Renee Gooch has convened Friends of Hosanna at Lincoln University to establish an archive at the Langston Hughes Library containing historic and current materials about the Hosanna-Lincoln relationship and to identify resources to support the initiative.
Responding to all these initiatives, Hosanna Pastor Reverend Thomas Warren said, “I have one word: amazing. The faculty, students and administration are amazing as demonstrated in their effort and attitude. I feel safe in saying Hosanna and the community will remain grateful.”