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    This married couple have been living on the road (thanks to the generosity of others) since 2002. Their message, grounded in The Great Story, focuses on the intersection of science, inspiration, and sustainability.

They have presented in more than 500 UU congregations, UU summer camps, and minister retreats since they began their traveling ministry in 2002.

Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow have also been featured speakers at continuing education programs for UU ministers and directors of religious education at The Meadville-Lombard Winter Institute (2005), for annual retreats of the Mountain Desert UU District (2004), NH/VT-Maine District (2006), Ballou-Channing District (2006, 2007), Southeast UU District (at The Mountain in 2006), UU Washington Area Religious Education Council (2007), SW Chapter of UU Minister's Assoc. (2008), SW UU Summer Institute (2008), Stebbins UU Summer Camp , Asilomar CA (2005), UU Summer Camp at Ghost Ranch NM (2006), Four Corners UU District Summer Camp (2006), Elliot Institute Summer Camp (2009), which serves UU organizations in BC, WA, and OR; Murray Grove Retreat (UU Homecoming) NJ (2010); Mid South District UU weekend retreat (2011); PSWIRL Summer Camp (2011) Camp DeBenneville Pines CA; Religious Humanist Association at UU General Assembly (2016)

2018 VIDEOS of Rev. Dowd's UU sermons


  • "Expanding Our Circle of Compassion"
        at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville NC, Oct 2018

  • "Confessions of a Recovering Progressive"
        at People's Church (UU) of Ludington MI, September 2018

  • 2017 VIDEOS of Rev. Dowd's UU sermons


  • "Not the Future We Ordered — Staying Sane in Crazy Times"
        at UU Church of Sarasota FL, December 2017

  • "Not the Future We Ordered — Honoring Our Grief"
        at UU Church of Ventura CA April 2017

  • "Intergenerational Justice: Does any vision matter more?"
        at Conejo Valley UU Fellowship CA, March 2017

  • "Ecology Is the New
        at Long Beach UU Church CA February 2017

  • 2016 VIDEOS of Rev. Dowd's UU sermons


  • "Ecology Is the New Theology"
        at Tahoma UU Congregation, Tacoma, WA, Dec 2016

  • "Prophetic Inspiration for Chaotic, Challenging Times"
        at UU Congregation of Whidbey Island (WA), Nov 2016

  • "Ecological Wisdom for Chaotic, Challenging Times"
        at Olympic UU Fellowship of Port Angeles, WA, Oct 2016

  • "From Techno-Utopian to Apocaloptimist"
        at UU Fellowship of Durango (CO), Aug 2016

  • 2015 UU: Michael Dowd's 3-part guest sermon series at People's Church, Ludington MI
        Rev. Dowd presented a series of 3 Sunday sermons at the Unitarian Universalist church in Ludington MI, summer 2015. His presentations occurred during a 4-month period of sabbatical study on ecological and civilization history and the increasing toll of climate change on our hopes for the future. All sermons are now on youtube.

  • Sermon 1: "When Religion Fails, Economics Becomes Demonic"
  • Sermon 2: "Embrace Death To Live Life Fully"
  • Sermon 3: "Inspired on Dark Mountain: The Big Picture"


  • The cover story of the Spring 2006 issue of the national magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association features the work of Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd — "itinerant evolutionary evangelists" — in bringing a sacred understanding of evolution into Unitarian Universalist circles, where it powerfully bridges the spiritual and philosophical diversity inherent in this liberal faith tradition. (written by Amy Hassinger)

  • In addition, Connie Barlow's 1997 book, Green Space, Green Time: The Way of Science, was excerpted for the cover story of the Nov/Dec 1998 UU World.


    ♦ Click here for list of SERMON & PROGRAM TITLES

    ♦ Click here for ORDER OF SERVICE & HYMN suggestions

    ♦ Click for brief BIOGRAPHIES for introducing Michael or Connie at UU events.


    New Dimensions Radio interview
    with Michael / Connie

         Rev. MICHAEL DOWD, a former pastor and author of the 2008 Thank God for Evolution, and CONNIE BARLOW, an author of 4 popular science books, embody the marriage of religion and science as husband and wife. They view themselves as emissaries of a worldwide ecumenical movement that draws from the contemporary wisdom of those on the growing edge of science and meaning.

  • brief UU BIOGRAPHIES for introducing Michael or Connie at UU events

  • Michael Dowd's biography and publications list

  • Connie Barlow's biography and publications list


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    Michael and Connie are passionate about these topics and will present them wherever there is interest.

    ♦ Click here for list of SERMON & PROGRAM TITLES

  • For GUEST SERMONS/MESSAGES at Sunday morning congregational services, we gratefully accept whatever compensation a congregation typically offers guest ministers or speakers.

  • For church SUMMER CAMPS, DISTRICT MEETINGS, AND OTHER GATHERINGS, we are happy to negotiate fees that will work for your group.

    We try to schedule appearances on a region-by-region basis to minimize transportation time, costs, and energy. Because our ministry also depends on earnings from selling our books and DVDs, we will appreciate access to one or two LONG TABLES in your lobby or Fellowship Hall for setting up our wares.

    Please know that we generally book Connie into one UU church on a Sunday morning and Michael into a different church in the same vicinity, so we do not appear together, except for longer church retreats and trainings. In addition, Michael presents a FREE multimedia evening talk for each of the two churches on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday immediately following the Sunday service. We carry our own portable screen and high-lumen digital projector to use for the evening follow-up program, so the only thing you need to provide is an adequate room and voice amplification. Because book and DVD sales following the presentation are usually substantial (we make the table self-serve, so no assistance is required for that either), we suggest you publicize the event as FREE (or donations) and consider it as an opportunity to attract newcomers from the wider community.

    Depending on whether we are also presenting for other organizations in your town or city, we may ask you to locate HOME HOSPITALITY for us for the night preceding a morning service and (sometimes) through the morning following the evening workshop. Click here for a handy list of information on our HOME HOSPITALITY needs. We intend this list to supply prospective hosts with all the information they need to feel comfortable in extending us an invitation.

  • To learn more about our work and the impact we are having, click on About Us and What Others Say.

    ♦ Click for brief BIOGRAPHIES for introducing Michael or Connie at UU events.

  • Click here to view an annotated list of popular & academic WRITINGS BY CONNIE BARLOW.
  • Click here to view an annotated list of popular & academic WRITINGS BY MICHAEL DOWD.
  • ♦ Click here for a handy list of information on our HOME HOSPITALITY needs and requests.

    ♦ Click here for DESCRIPTIONS / PUBLICITY templates for each program

    Order of Service suggestions - i.e., hymns, chalice lighting, readings

    UU Congregations We Have Presented At

    Since 2002 Michael and Connie have been guest speakers at Sunday services (sermons, and often the children's component as well) and/or offered evening workshops at UU fellowships and churches in:

  • Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Auburn, Huntsville, Birmingham
  • Arizona - Flagstaff, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, NW Tucson, Tucson, Sedona, Chandler, Phoenix, Surprise, Prescott (Granite Peak)
  • Arkansas - Little Rock
  • California - Anaheim, Asilomar Summer Camp, Bayside, Berkeley, Carmel, Conejo Valley, Davis, Escondido, Fremont, Fullerton, Goleta, Grass Valley, Kelseyville, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Los Gatos, La Mesa, Mission Viejo, Modesto, Napa, Newbury Park, North Hills, Oakland, Palos Verdes Estates, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verde, Redwood City, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, East San Diego, San Dieguito, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa, Santee, Stockton, Ventura, Visalia, Vista
  • Colorado - Alamosa, Boulder, Denver, Pueblo, Littleton, Colorado Springs (All Souls and High Plains), Glenwood Springs, Durango, Grand Junction, Durango, Bayfield, Golden
  • Connecticut - Hartford, W. Hartford, Danbury, Manchester, Westport, New Haven, Woodbury
  • Delaware - Mill Creek, Newark
  • Florida - Bradenton, Miami, Vero Beach, Fort Myers, Odessa, Orlando, Valparaiso, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beaches, Plantation, Lakeland, Greater Naples, Sarasota, Valpariso, Pensacola, Panama City, Bonita Springs, Tampa, Venice, Sun City Center, Rockledge, Citrus Springs, Summerfield, Eustice, Ormond Beach, St. Augustine
  • Georgia - Lawrenceville, Augusta, Atlanta, Hilton Head, Athens, Savannah, Statesboro, Metro Atlanta North, Gwinnet
  • Idaho - Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Moscow
  • Illinois - Chicago (1st UU), Oak Park (Unity Temple), Evanston, Naperville, Palatine, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield
  • Indiana - Fort Wayne, Hobart, Muncie, Lafayette, Bloomington, Indianapolis
  • Iowa- Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines
  • Kansas - Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, Topeka
  • Kentucky - Louisville, Lexington
  • Louisiana - New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lacombe, Shreveport
  • Maine - Ellsworth, Portland, Sanford, Rockland, Milford, Damariscotta, Yarmouth
  • Maryland - Columbia, Easton, Frederick, Adelphi, Lutherville, Bethesda
  • Massachusetts - Springfield, Needham, Worcester, Belmont, Northborough, Concord, North Andover, Reading, Greenfield, Littleton, Brookline, Winchester
  • Michigan - Flint, Birmingham, Lansing, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, St. Joseph's, Midland, Clark Lake, Kalamazoo, Brighton, Farmington Hills, Muskegon, Sarnia (Port Huron), Ludington, Grand Traverse, Keeweenaw
  • Minnesota - Minneapolis (1st Universalist), Minneapolis (M Servetus), St. Paul (Unity), White Bear (Mahtomedi), Duluth
  • Mississippi - Jackson
  • Missouri - Springfield, Kansas City, Ellisville, St. Louis
  • Montana - Billings, Missoula
  • Nebraska - Omaha (2nd UU), Lincoln
  • Nevada - N. Nevada (Reno)
  • New Hampshire - Franklin, Peterborough, Milford, Exeter, Tamworth, Portsmouth South
  • New Jersey - East Brunswick, Hunterdon County, Englewood, Murray Grove, Ridgewood, Lincroft, Galloway County, Titusville, Summit, Montclair, Plainfield, Cherry Hill, Princeton, Paramus
  • New Mexico - Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Ghost Ranch, Los Alamos, Taos, Gallup, Santa Fe
  • New York - Rockland County, Sussex County, Long Island, White Plains, Binghamton, Orange County, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Manhasset, Albany, Washingtonville, Canandaigua, Syracuse, Syracuse (May Memorial), NYC (All Souls), Staten Island, Briarcliff/Croton/Ossining/, Rochester, N. Westchester
  • North Carolina - Asheville, Brevard, Hendersonville, Kitty Hawk, New Bern, Greenville, Greensboro (Jamestown), Durham, Raleigh, Wilmington, Black Mountain (Swannanoa Valley), Charlotte, Morehead City, Tryon
  • North Dakota - Fargo-Morehead
  • Ohio - Cincinnati, Columbus, Kent, Cleveland (+ Westfield Twnshp), Hopedale, Dayton, Berea, Canto, Miami Valley, Marietta, Youngstown
  • Oklahoma - Tulsa, Tulsa (Hope), Ardmore (SWUUSI 2008), Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Norman
  • Oregon - Hillsboro, Newport, Portland, West Hills of Portland, Hood River, Bend, Klamath Falls, Eugene, Ashland
  • Pennsylvania - Berks County (Reading), Pittsburgh (1st UU; North Hills; South Hills, Meadville, Harrisburg
  • South Carolina - Greenville, Clemson, Beaufort, Columbia
  • Tennessee - Nashville, Greater Nashville, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Hill, Cordova, Memphis, Gray, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro
  • Texas - Dallas, Galveston, Houston (both), North Houston, Stafford, College Station, Denton, Austin, S. Austin, Plano, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Midland, Pasadena, The Woodlands, Huntsville, Waco
  • Utah - Salt Lake City, Springville, Cottonwood Heights, Ogden, St. George
  • Vermont - Woodstock, Burlington, Norwich
  • Virginia - Arlington, Newport News, Loudoun County, Sterling, Easton, Norfolk, Reston, Fairfax, Manassas
  • Washington - E. Wenatchee, Whidbey Island, Port Townsend, Bellingham, Kirkland, Olympia, Seattle, S. Seattle, W. Seattle, U District of Seattle, Forest Park, Bellevue, Des Moines, Yakima, Edmonds, Vancouver, Woodinville, Bainbridge Island
  • Washington D.C. - (All Souls)
  • Wisconsin - Madison (First + James Reeb), Ripon, Racine, Kenosha, Wales, Mukwonago, Milwaukee, Wausau
  • Wyoming - Cheyenne, Laramie
  • Eastern Canada - Montreal, North Hatley, Halifax
  • Western Canada - Victoria, Naramata, Vancouver, Vancouver Island
  • NOTE: This list may be incomplete. For a complete record of where we have spoken and when, see PAST ITINERARY and ITINERARY.


    Click here for a list of UU BEST PRACTICES
    that Connie & Michael have come upon during
    their visits to UU churches and fellowships.