The Massachusetts Bible Society established the Donald A. Wells Preaching Prize in 2007 to honor Executive Director Emeritus Donald A. Wells and his commitment to social justice. The prize includes a check for $1,000 and is awarded each year to a student from one of the member schools of the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium for a sermon based on a biblical text that raises an issue of social justice in the contemporary world.
MBS features an annual social justice theme - determined by our Board of Trustees - that speaks to a timely, contemporary issue through a biblical and theological lens. Wells Preaching Prize submissions must adhere to the theme provided for the current year. Submitted sermons should not be more than 20 minutes in length and are judged according to the appropriateness to the theme, the quality of biblical exegesis, and the ability to present the sermon in an engaging manner.
Each entrant submits the following: Text of sermon on our designated annual social justice theme; a video presentation of that sermon in a digital format of the student's choosing; a cover sheet with the entrant's name, school, year, degree program, mailing address, phone, and email.
Preaching Prize Winners:
2020 - 'Of Pandemics and Paracletes' - Scott Donahue-Martens, Boston University School of Theology - View sermon
2019 - 'Fear Not: Working for Justice in a World Split Asunder' - Mimi Micner, Hebrew College Rabbinical School
2017 - 'Shabbat Hayei Sarah' - Salem Pearce, Hebrew College Rabbinical School - View sermon
2016 - 'Are We Always with the Poor? Welcoming the Stranger, Responding to Need' - Amelia Nugent, Harvard Divinity School - View sermon
2015 - 'Overcoming the Wounds of Racism (Jeremiah 8:18-22)' - Art J. Gordon, Boston University School of Theology - View sermon
2014 - 'Jesus' Strange Economy' - Alex Kato, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - View sermon
2013 - 'The Great Footwashing Imposition' - Arienne Johnson, Harvard Divinity School - View sermon
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