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Michael Dowd & Connie Barlow

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Rev. Michael Dowd is a former pastor, sustainable communities organizer, and bestselling evolutionary evangelist and 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. As of 2016 his message almost always revolves around being faithful to the future.

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 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, and Evangelical Christian churches; to skeptic, freethinker, and atheist gatherings; to grade school, high school, college, and university classrooms; to New Thought, New Age, Pagan, and Eastern Spirituality venues. They have had an especially large impact 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.

  • Connie's audio, video, and text publications
  • Michael's audio, video, and text publications
  • Michael's personal / media website
  • "Deep Sustainability Scripture" (Grace Limits & Systemic Piety) page

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

  • "The Way Home for the Prodigal Species" 2017 ( — If you only read one, make it this one.

  • "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)

  •      2017 (August - December)


    HOME BASE / WRITING RETREAT: July 23 - August 6: Dancing TreePeople Farm, Upper Lake, CA

  • July 30 - Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County, Kelseyville, CA - (Michael morn)
  • August 4 - Unitarian Universalist Community of Lake County, Kelseyville, CA (Michael 7pm - potluck @ 6pm)

    HOME BASE / WRITING RETREAT: August 7 - September 28: Eureka, CA

  • September 26 - Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Bayside, CA - (Michael eve)


  • September 29 - October 25 - In Portland, OR, while "Angel" (our 2003 Dogge Sprinter van with 330,000 miles on it) gets a 'heart transplant' (engine replacement) and other work.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 6-9pm at Sole Repair Shop, 1001 E Pike St, in Seattle, WA - Michael and Connie took a bus from Portland to Seattle to participate in the 1-year anniversary celebration of the Valve Turner Climate Direct Action that Connie has been supporting as a volunteer this year (for example, by creating this webpage and many of these videos), and to welcome home Michael Foster, a Valve Turner who was convicted in North Dakota on October 6th.


  • October 29 - First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield, WI - (Michael 9:30am service and follow-up 11am Adult Forum)
  • October 30 - First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield, WI - (Michael 7pm community-wide forum)


  • November 3-4 - North Central College, Koten Chapel: Naperville, IL - (Michael: one lecture/multi-media presentation on Friday eve and two on Saturday.) SEATING IS LIMITED. Please register by sending an email to with "DOWD" in the subject line; Admission is free.

  • November 5 - DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, Naperville, IL - (Michael morn)

    MICHIGAN (Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti) - November 6-9 - visit with family

    OHIO (Dayton and Loveland) - November 9-11 - visit with friends and colleagues


  • November 12-13 - Visit with friends and colleagues in Knoxville, TN

    RETREAT / BASECAMP: November 15 - December 21: Ft. Payne, AL (Lookout Mountain)


  • December 22-29 - with family in Miami and Key Largo
  • December 31 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, FL (Michael morn)



    BASECAMP: January 2-17 - in Lakeland, FL

  • January 18-19 - Visit friends and colleagues in Gainesville, FL

  • January 21 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast, Valparaiso, FL (Michael morn)

    RETREAT / BASECAMP: January 22 - February 23: Big Canoe, GA

  • February 15 - Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA (Michael, public lecture; also speaking in Mark Causey's Religion and Science class.)

    RETREAT / BASECAMP: February 24 - March 29: Ft. Payne, AL (Lookout Mountain)

    ARIZONA - April 2 - 30: HOME & MINISTRY BASE 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
  • Monday mornings, April 9, 16, 23 - Beatitudes 3-part morning lecture series - Phoenix, AZ
  • April 15 - The Fountains United Methodist Church, Fountain Hills, AZ
  • April 12 - Beatitudes, breakfast event, Phoenix, AZ
  • April 22 - Dayspring United Methodist Church, Tempe, AZ
  • April 29 - Via de Christo Faith Community, Scottsdale, AZ


  • Sometime in May through most of September — HOME & MINISTRY BASECAMP in Ludington, MI

  • End of September and early October — Friends, family, and colleague in and around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI


  • Mid October through (possibly) the end of December 2018 — HOME BASE / WRITING RETREAT in Venice, FL


    To be determined

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

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