Speaking Engagements of
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)

  •      2019


    BASECAMP: January 1-31: Ft. Payne, AL (Lookout Mountain)

  • January 13: UU Huntsville, AL

  • January 29 - Feb 3: with family in Key Largo and South Miami FL

    BASECAMP: February and March: Big Canoe, GA

  • February 10: UU Metro Atlanta North, Atlanta GA


  • March 28: Wildflower Unitarian Universalist, Austin TX (MD eve)

  • March 29-30: New Story Festival: Community, Creativity, and the Common Good, Austin TX

  • March 31: Unity Church of Christianity, Houston TX (morn)

  • March 31: First Unitarian Universalist of Houston, TX (eve)

  • April 1 to 4: Camp Allen, Navasota, TX (Mon-Thur: SW UU Ministers Retreat)

  • April 7: UU Village Church in Hot Springs, AR

  • April 14 & 15: UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, AR (morn / eve)


    BASECAMP: April 17 to 23: Scarsdale, NY

    BASECAMP: April 24 to May 10: Calais, VT

  • May 6: Green Mountain Monastery, Greensboro VT (MD + CB visit)

    BASECAMP: May 11 to 21: Plymouth, NH

  • May 12 & 17: Starr King UU Fellowship, Plymouth, NH (MD morn, eve)

  • May 19: Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH (MD morn)


  • May 24-25: Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada (annual mtg), Sackville, New Brunswick

  • June 1: Canadian Assoc. for Baptist Freedoms, Port Williams, Nova Scotia (Dowd, noon)

  • June 2 + 4: Central United Church, Moncton, New Brunswick (Dowd, morn + eve)

  • June 9-14: Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education (A.S.T.E.), Truro, Nova Scotia (schedule)

  • June 16: St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Ottawa, Ontario (Dowd, morn & eve)

  • June 23: West Hill United Church, Toronto (Dowd, morn)


    BASECAMP: June 28 - July 22, Connie in Ann Arbor MI

    BASECAMP: July 1 - 21, Michael in Miami FL (family time)


  • July 29 - August 2: "Wild Christ, Wild Earth, Wild Self", a Nature-Based Introduction to Seminary of the Wild, Ghost Ranch, NM


    BASECAMP: August 5 - September 29: Eureka, CA

    PACIFIC NORTHWEST (Washington and Oregon)

    BASECAMP: October 4, 2019 - February 21, 2020, Freeland and Langley WA (Whidbey Island)

  • October 13 & 17: UU Congregation of Whidbey Island, Freeland WA (MD sermon & eve program)

  • October 18-19: UCC Men's Retreat at Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, Port Orchard WA (MD)

  • October 20: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Bellingham WA (MD morn + aft or eve)

  • October 27: Eastlake Community Church, Seattle area (MD morn)

  • November 7: Coastal Virginia UU, Virginia Beach, VA (MD Skype "Pro-Future Faith" Q&A)

  • November 10: Quimper UU Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA (MD sermon)

  • November 17: Westside UU Congregation, West Seattle, WA (MD sermon)

  • November 24: Eastlake Community Church, Seattle area (MD morn)

  • December 1: East Shore UU Church, Bellevue, WA (MD morn)

  • December 29: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, Freeland WA (CB sermon)


    PACIFIC NORTHWEST (Washington and Oregon)

  • January 7: East Shore Unitarian Universalist, Bellevue WA (MD eve)


    BASECAMP: February 22 - April 9, Eureka CA


  • April 12-16, Tucson AZ

  • April 19 & 23: First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Dallas, TX (MD morn + eve)

  • April 22: Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, Carrollton, TX (MD eve)

  • April 26: Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, Fort Worth, TX (MD morn)


    BASECAMP: May into September, Santa Rosa Beach, FL


    BASECAMP: October to early November - Lookout Mountain, Ft. Payne, AL


  • November 6 - 7: St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA (MD lecture / workshop)

    BASECAMP: November 9 to 29 - Scarsdale, NY

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



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

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


    POSSIBLE BASECAMP (not yet confirmed): mid-May to mid-September - Ludington, MI

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

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