The leaves are starting to turn colors and colder weather is moving in, which those of you who know me well know that I am not keen on... so in October, I headed off to the Philippines (sadly only virtually). A shout out to all those who participated in the Dominican Preaching Network gathering, especially those lay preachers who I've just gotten to "meet" for the first time. It was great to get to talk about the role of lay preaching today "in the city and the world... in the time of pandemic."
Also super exciting at the moment: Working alongside primatologist Dr. Marina Cords from Columbia University on a series of ten lectionary preaching outlines that draw on insights and metaphors from the sciences. Science was never my strong suit as a student, but it is never too late to learn. Our work is part of a larger grant project called "Preaching with the Sciences" funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The grant pairs 11 preachers with 5 renowned scientists to see what sorts of sparks might fly when they enter into conversation with one another. It's a honor for me to be part of this cohort and I can't wait to see what comes of it!
My new book #Rules_of_Engagement came out earlier this year and I've really enjoyed reflecting with others about the way social media and faith intersect in their lives. Of particular interest: Check out my recent webinar for Christian professionals who manage their ministry's website and/or social media presence. Or, enjoy this fun conversation from May with Emily Sanna and Stephanie Clary of U.S. Catholic.
I believe that as Christians we are called to be like leaven in the world, including the world of social media. Though we might feel small and insignificant (really, what difference do my posts make?) how we individually show up in this space has the power to be transformative. You can join Christians from around the world in making the #Rules_of_Engagement pledge and be part of changing the tenor of conversation on social media for the good. See the List of those who have already pledged publicly.