The name of EZRA Project is taken from the Bible. Ezra (for whom the Book of Ezra is named) was a scribe and a teacher who lived in Persia during the exile of the Jewish people. When the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple, Ezra was a key leader. The Bible describes him as having “devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law … to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” (EZRA 7:10).
About 20 years ago, Rev. Maurice Landry suggested that a group of teachers adopt the name “the EZRA Project” as a title for an outreach program. The idea stuck with Dr. Rosa Sailes and when she searched for a name of her upstart organization, Ezra seemed appropriate. Ezra is more than a name, however. It is an acronym for the vision of The EZRA Project and its effort to build on the mission of that Jewish scribe:
To develop and engage Educated, Zealous, and Religious Advocates of Christian teaching.