Senior Jocelyn Streid Named 2013 Student Preacher

Streid to address death and modern medicine in a sermon based on the Gospel of Luke

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Jocelyn Streid

Duke University senior Jocelyn Streid has been selected to give this year's student preacher sermon Feb. 24 at Duke Chapel. She will deliver it during the 11 a.m. worship service.

Streid's sermon, "How These Stories End," is based on Luke 9:28-43a. The sermon was selected after being reviewed and nominated by a committee that included representatives from the chapel and Religious Life staffs. 

"Not many preachers, let alone student preachers, feel up for tackling the topic of death," said Meghan Feldmeyer, the chapel's director of worship. "But Jocelyn was brave in pursuing the theological and pastoral implications of our love affair with modern medicine, while also pointing out its limitations. 

"Hers is both an interesting and challenging sermon, but also deeply pastoral and hope-filled," Feldmeyer said. "Jocelyn's thoughtfulness and sensitivity are evident throughout."

Streid is an English major, PathWays Chapel Scholar and Robertson Scholar. She is involved with the Undergraduate Conduct Board, the Duke Colloquium, CruCares and Round Table. 

Each year, Duke Chapel selects a student to preach on Student Preacher Sunday. 

The selection process is open to any undergraduate who wishes to submit a sermon. Criteria for selection include relevance of sermon to that Sunday's Scripture readings, sermon delivery and appropriateness of the subject matter for a chapel service.

Duke University Chapel Sunday worship services are open to the public and webcast live at