I’m delighted to pull back the curtain and reveal, at last, the website for an extraordinary homiletics project: Preaching with the Sciences.
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.)
Ed announced on Friday that 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.
Pay a visit and see for yourself. This is a living library and I hope people will make regular use of it. (My first effort is the outline for Holy Thursday.)
The site has additional information about the various preachers connected with the project — from a wide array of places and backgrounds. I couldn’t be more amazed that I am sharing the same bandwidth with them.
Kudos to all!