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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 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 videos can be found here and here, and audios here.)

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 activists and climate hawks, and both on the Board of Advisors of the Religious Naturalist Association (RNA) — have spoken to more than 2,200 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 classrooms; to New Thought, New Age, Jewish, and Eastern Spirituality venues. They have had an especially favorable reception within the Unitarian Universalist Association, as they've spoken in nearly half of all the UU churches and fellowships in the United States (450+) 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 - $600, 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 evening 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 15+ 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
  • Standing for the Future — Videos of three of Michael's core 45-60 minute live presentations
  • Deep Sustainability "Scripture" — 1,200+ hours of free downloadable audio recordings

    The following 3 short essays express the heart and soul of Rev. Dowd's pro-science, pro-future prophetic message...

  • "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)

  •      2018


    HOME BASE: January 1-7 - in Lakeland, FL

  • January 2 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, FL (Michael 7pm)

    WRITING RETREAT / BASECAMP: January 8 - March 10: Big Canoe, GA

  • February 15 - Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA (Michael, public lecture; also speaking in Mark Causey's Religion and Science class.)
  • February 25 - Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sandy Springs, GA (Michael morn and 7pm follow-up program)

  • March 11 - Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Marietta, GA (Michael morn and possible late afternoon or evening follow-up program)

    TRAVEL: March 12-17 - Visit friends & colleagues in TN and Western NC (Reliance and Knoxville TN, and Asheville / Waynesville / Brevard, NC)

  • March 18 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, AL (Michael morn and possible late afternoon or evening follow-up program)

    BASECAMP: March 19-30: Ft. Payne, AL (Lookout Mountain)

  • March 30-31 - Link Centre and SPAFER (Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion), Tupelo, MS (Michael: Friday dinner, two Saturday morning hour-long multimedia presentations, box lunches, Q&A / discussion)

    ARIZONA - April 2 - 30: MINISTRY BASECAMP in Phoenix - various presentations at Beatitudes Campus and in Phoenix area

  • April 4 - Beatitudes Town Hall, meet and greet - Phoenix, AZ
  • April 8 - Church of the Beatitudes 9am service and also Campus Vespers 3pm service - Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday mornings @ 10:30am on April 6, 13, 20 - Beatitudes 3-part "Science and Spirituality" gatherings - Phoenix, AZ
  • Monday mornings @ 11:30am on April 9, 16, 23 - Beatitudes 3-part morning "Life Long Learners" lecture series - Phoenix, AZ
  • April 12 - Beatitudes breakfast event, Phoenix, AZ
  • April 14 - Elders for a Sustainable Future, Phoenix, AZ
  • April 15 - The Fountains United Methodist Church, Fountain Hills, AZ (Michael morn)
  • April 19 - Outdoor evening EarthDay event sponsored by AZ Foundation for Contemporary Theology and AZ IP&L - Location TBD (Michael eve)
  • April 20 - Temple Emanuel of Tempe, Tempe, AZ (Michael eve)
  • April 22 - Dayspring United Methodist Church, Tempe, AZ (Michael morn)
  • April 29 - Via de Christo Faith Community, Scottsdale, AZ (Michael morn)


  • May 6 - Unity in the Heart of Austin, Austin, TX (Michael morn)
  • May 13-14 - Workshop and guest lecture at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Houston, TX (Michael: two presentations on Saturday and one on Sunday morning)


  • May 17-20 - Event on Sunday the 20th in Lawrence, KS (sponsored by Sustainability Action Network) and possibly a program in Kansas City, MO, too


    BASECAMP: Last week of May through mid-to-late September — HOME and MINISTRY BASECAMP in Ludington, MI
    BASECAMP: Mid-to-late September and early October — Friends, family, and colleague in and around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI

  • June 14-18 - Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, MI - Youngest daughter Miriam Joy is getting married to Trevor Eller on June 17 (which is also, coincidentally/providentially, Connie's and Michael's 17th wedding anniversary. :-)

  • June 17 - Not available; daughter getting married that morning. Ann Arbor, MI

  • June 23-25 - First Congregational Church, UCC, Sheboygan, WI - (Michael Sun morn and Sun or Mon eve follow-up program)

  • July 22 - People's Church UU, Ludington, MI - (Michael morn)

  • August 26 - People's Church UU, Ludington, MI - (Connie morn)

  • September 2 - People's Church UU, Ludington, MI - (Michael morn)
  • September 9 (possible, but not definite) - People's Church UU, Ludington, MI - (Michael morn)

  • Mid-to-late September and early October — Friends, family, and colleague in and around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI
  • September 30 - Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton, Brighton, MI - (Michael morn)


  • Mid October through end of November (possibly longer) — MINISTRY BASECAMP / WRITING RETREAT in Venice, FL

  • October 28 - Unitarian Universalists of Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, FL - (Michael morn)

  • First half of December — POSSIBLE MINISTRY BASECAMP in Lakeland or elsewhere in Florida

  • December 15-31 - with family in Key Largo and Palmetto Bay, FL



  • January through March — POSSIBLE MINISTRY BASECAMP(S) in Lakeland, FL and/or Big Canoe, GA and/or Ft. Payne, AL (Lookout Mountain)


  • April and May — Still to be determined


  • June, July, and August — BASECAMP / WRITING RETREAT at a Sanctuary in Calais, Vermont

  • Summer speaking engagements in New England and upstate New York — Still to be determined


  • September through December — Still to be determined


    WEST COAST and WESTERN U.S. — (?? CA, WA, OR, ID, UT, NV ??)

  • January through June — Still to be determined

    MOUNTAIN WEST and MID-WEST U.S. — (?? WY, CO, NM, KS, IA, NE, OK, MO ??)

  • July through December — Still to be determined

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

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