I have written about this project a couple times, most recently in the the spring of 2022:
I was invited to join this undertaking a couple years ago — and despite the best efforts of COVID to derail everything, it has finally come to fruition. (Not long ago, I wrote about my recent visit to the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where we had our first face-to-face meeting and got to unpack and critique one another’s homily outlines.)
This is the brainchild of the renowned Capuchin Father Ed Foley, who is spearheading this effort with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. (You can read the initial press release and more right here.)
The website is now live, so you can finally read what we have been up to:
With guidance from world-renowned scientists with differing areas of expertise, a select number of homileticians have prepared homily outlines for preaching key Sundays and feast days across the 3-year lectionary cycle. These homily outlines highlight some of the ways sciences and the contemporary search for religious meaning can interface. These homiletic resources are free and will influence thousands of preachers seeking help each week in crafting sermons and helping to shape a scientifically informed religious imagination among future preachers. In the coming weeks we will launch a searchable, dynamic library of over 100 homily outlines.
My latest effort is for Tuesday and the Solemnity of the Assumption. You can find the outline and some ideas about the Gospel — including some scientific research about the importance of travel and, among other things, how children really do respond to sound in the womb, just like the pre-born John the Baptist — at this link.
There’s lots more, too — from people a lot smarter and infinitely more interesting — so check ’em out!