Ward's sermon was chosen by a committee that included representatives from the chapel and Religious Life staff. A religion major, Ward will deliver the sermon during the 11 a.m. worship service on Feb. 23.
Her sermon, titled "Everybody's Perfect," is based on the Scriptual passage in Leviticus where Moses delivers the Ten Commandments, as well as Jesus’ conversation with his disciples about the commandments in the book of Matthew.
"Hannah’s sermon on the topic of perfection is an appropriate subject for Duke students, who so often find themselves suffering under the weight of this ideal expectation,” said Meghan Feldmeyer, the Chapel’s director of worship, in the press release. “Hannah’s exploration of the passage is both theologically astute and pastorally insightful: What does perfection look like through God’s eyes?”
On campus, Ward—a native of Asheville, N.C.— participates in the PathWays Chapel Scholars Program, the Undergraduate Faith Council, Duke Lutherans and the Presbyterian Campus Ministry.