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Michael Dowd & Connie Barlow

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Rev. Michael Dowd is a former pastor, sustainable communities organizer, and bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science 'evangelist' whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. His book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series: "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity" and "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness". Dowd's passion for proclaiming a pro-science, nature-honoring message of inspiration — what he calls "the gospel of right relationship to Reality" — has earned him the moniker 'Rev. Reality', as he speaks prophetically in secular and religious settings about our sacred responsibility to future generations. Michael's message, grounded in an ecological interpretation of Big History, always centers on fidelity to the future and how to stay sane, sober, and inspired to act locally and become ever more resilient in chaotic and contracting times. (Sample sermon videos can be found here and here, audios here, and longer programs here.)

Michael's 2019 8-Session VIDEO DISCUSSION COURSE (for study groups) - PRO-FUTURE FAITH: The Prodigal Species Comes Home

Connie Barlow is a science writer, evolutionary educator, and professional audio, video, and text editor. Her 2001 book, The Ghosts of Evolution (Basic Books), was's top-recommended science book for several months. Her previous books, Green Space, Green Time: The Way of Science (Copernicus Books), Evolution Extended: Biological Debates on the Meaning of Life (MIT Press), and From Gaia to Selfish Genes: Selected Writings in the Life Sciences (MIT Press), all explore the nexus of science, meaning, and inspiration. Now mostly retired from speaking, Connie is a leader in the rapidly emerging field of assisted migration. (See her "Climate, Trees, and Legacy" video blog.)

Michael and Connie — both pro-future, deep sustainability activists, and both on the Board of Advisors of the Religious Naturalist Association (RNA)have spoken to some 2,700 religious and secular groups throughout North America since 2002: from Catholic, Protestant, Anabaptist, and Evangelical Christian churches; to humanist, skeptic, and freethinker groups; to grade school, high school, college, and university classes; to New Thought, New Age, Jewish, and Eastern Spirituality gatherings. They have been in the pulpit of nearly 500 Unitarian Universalist churches or fellowships and their work was featured on the cover of the UUA national membership magazine, the UU WORLD, twice: in 1997 and again in 2006.

Re Honoraria: Michael and Connie have no standard fee, preferring to trust the budget and generosity of the sponsoring organization. For Sunday services most churches offer an honorarium in the range of $200 - $500, depending on the size of the congregation. Travel reimbursement and home hospitality are also generally extended. Follow-up programs — usually Sunday afternoon or eve, or some evening the following week — as well as stand-alone 1-2 hour programs, are typically offered free of charge or on a donation/love offering basis, as that tends to ensure the most number of visitors. (Many churches find that Michael's evening program is one of the larger community outreach events of the year.) For endowed lectures, retreats, denominational gatherings, summer camps, and half-day, full-day, or longer workshops, some churches and organizations have extended as much as $3,000 - $6,000, usually for 2-5 presentations, but for other churches and secular groups it's been in the $1,000 - $2,500 ballpark. The main way that Michael and Connie have supported themselves over the past 16 years is by setting up a table of self-serve books and DVDs wherever people congregate for coffee and refreshments. (Also see "Home Hospitality".)

  • Connie's audio, video, and text publications
  • Michael's audio, video, and text publications
  • Michael's personal / media website

    Deep Sustainability "Scripture" — dozens of free downloadable audio recordings by multiple authors (narration by Dowd). Also available on Dowd's SoundCloud page.

    Short essays express the heart and soul of Rev. Dowd's pro-science, pro-future prophetic message...

  • "The Future As Judge and Guide" 2019 (in Oneing magazine)

  • "The Way Home for the Prodigal Species" 2017 (

  • "Evidential Medicine for Our Collective Soul: What's Inevitable? What's Redemptive?" 2016 (in Oneing magazine)

  • "Evidential Mysticism and the Future of Earth" 2014 (in Oneing magazine)

  •      2020

    Available for Zoom homilies, sermons, and evening programs throughout the U.S. and Canada

    ***CONTACT via EMAIL: MichaelBDowd(AT)gmail(DOT)com / PHONE: 425-760-9941 or 850-420-8002***


    BASECAMP: March 1 - September 15 -- 534 Pacific Lumber Camp Rd., Eureka CA

  • July 19 via ZOOM: Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Bayside CA (MD morn)

  • July 30 via ZOOM: First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, VA (MD eve)


    BASECAMP: September 16-29 -- Pullman, WA


    BASECAMP: Oct 1 - Nov 5: with family in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI


  • October 16 - 18: First Presbyterian, Elizabethton TN (MD events) -- Possibly in person, possibly via Zoom

    EVENTS VIA ZOOM (anywhere in North America)

  • November 15: Friendship Fellowship UU, Rockledge, FL


  • November 6 - 7: St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA (MD lecture / workshop) -- Possibly in person, possibly via Zoom

    BASECAMP: November 9 to 29 - Scarsdale, NY

  • mid-November (Exact date TBD): Jewish Center & Federation of the Twin Tiers, Elmira, NY (MD lecture / workshop) -- Possibly in person, possibly via Zoom

    BASECAMP: December 1 - 31 - Green Mountain Monastery, Greensboro, VT



    BASECAMP: January through mid-April - Green Mountain Monastery, Greensboro, VT

    BASECAMP: mid-April to May 1 - Scarsdale, NY and Poughkeepsie, NY


    POSSIBLE RELATIVELY PERMANENT BASECAMP beginning in late April or early May: Ypsilanti, MI


    POSSIBLE BASECAMP: October through year end: Freeland, WA (Whidbey Island) -- WHO KNOWS?? :-)

    For the list of speaking engagements already completed (2002-2016), click: PAST ITINERARY.

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