At the 2022 Dr. Barry Rankin Sunday@CTU Lecture Series on God’s Creation, CTU was pleased to introduce to the wider community its new Preaching with the Sciences homily outline initiative, directed by Duns Scotus Professor Emeritus of Spirituality and celebrant of the day’s festivities, Edward Foley, Capuchin.

The Preaching with the Sciences initiative has developed a searchable online homiletic resource made possible by a generous $220,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The three-year project is designed to gather leading scientists and homileticians to explore the positive contributions science can make to preaching and, consequently, contribute to more contemporary modes of believing. The Preaching with the Sciences homily outlines are written by skilled homileticians and inspired by contemporary scientific processes and discoveries. The library will eventually hold outlines for the full 3-year liturgical cycle, and can be accessed at These free homiletic resources have the potential to influence thousands of preachers seeking help each week in crafting sermons, and will help shape a scientifically informed religious imagination among future preachers

After the liturgy, participants heard from three contributors to the initiative: Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase, Senior Scientist for the Planetary Science Institute; Dr. Gerald C. Liu, Director of Collegiate Ministries, Initiatives, and Belonging for the Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church; and Rev. Matthew S. O’Donnell, Pastor of St. Moses the Black Catholic Church in Chicago. Each spoke to the importance of interdisciplinary and ecumenical conversation between the sciences and those in positions of storytelling and preaching in religious spaces.

At the gathering, the CTU community was also pleased to celebrate the 90th birthday of Donna Rankin, wife of the late Dr. Barry Rankin, who has endowed the yearly lecture and liturgy series in his memory.

To learn more, go to Preaching with the Sciences.