Sermon Contest Registration

As part of its project “In Him All Things Hold Together: Integrating Science and Faith at Providence," funded by the Science for Seminaries Seed Grant Initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Providence Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a sermon contest open to students, alumni, and the general public. The contest aspires to encourage theological students, pastors, and other ministry leaders to reflect more intentionally upon the intersection of faith and science and, in so doing, further equip their congregations to apprehend and appreciate the ways that science contributes to our knowledge of and life within God’s good creation.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top submissions. Highly regarded sermons will be considered for publication in Providence’s interdisciplinary theological journal Didaskalia. The sermons will be anonymously adjudicated by a special committee comprised of preachers, theologians, and scientists. The deadline for submission is March 30, 2022.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Sermons must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
  • Sermons must be written in the English language.
  • Footnotes are not required, but each sermon should be accompanied by a list of sources consulted (i.e., books, articles, people (eg. scientists), etc.).
  • Sermons should be submitted as MSWord .doc or .docx files. Please include the sermon title as the first line, but do not include any other identifiers so that submissions may be adjudicated anonymously.
  • Sermons must display some engagement with science. The exact nature of this engagement will vary according to the content and context of the sermon. For example, some sermons may wish to tackle the question of the relation between faith and science, whereas others may draw upon the findings of particular scientific disciplines to advance their argument.