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"Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd are gifted troubadours who celebrate the new evolutionary epic. As they travel endless freeway miles and speak to the full spectrum of humanity, their passionate presentations are igniting a new and exciting synthesis of science and faith."
Brian Swimme, Professor of Cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies
"The Good News of Evolution"
NEWS STORY: May 2009
Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd were interviewed for a full-page, pictorial news story in the Ludington Daily News, Michigan.
New Dimensions Radio interview
with Michael / Connie
Rev. MICHAEL DOWD, a former pastor and author of Thank God for Evolution, and CONNIE BARLOW, an author of 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. Michael Dowd's BIOGRAPHY and publications list. Connie Barlow's BIOGRAPHY and publications list. PUBLICITY PHOTOS Contact us
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Praise for Michael's 2008 book from NOBEL LAUREATES full list of endorsements
"The universe took 13.7 billion years to produce this amazing book. I heartily recommend it." JOHN MATHER, NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST, 2006 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
"The science vs. religion debate is over! Michael Dowd masterfully unites rationality and spirituality in a world view that celebrates the mysteries of existence and inspires each human being to achieve a higher purpose in life. A must read for all, including scientists." CRAIG MELLO, 2006 Nobel PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE
"Dowd has given us a bridge across one of the major chasms of our times: religion and evolution. His passion for both science and religion is contagious. Reading his book, one can see that the discourse itself has just evolved to a whole new level!" REV. MARLIN LAVAHNAR, SENIOR MINISTER, ALL SOULS UNITARIAN CHURCH, TULSA
"If anyone can persuade a monotheist that the science of evolution biological, geological, or cosmological can enrich his or her faith, I'm betting on Michael Dowd." THOMAS C. SCHELLING, 2005 NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS
"At last, someone who understands that all of reality is sacred and science is our method of comprehending it." LEE HARTWELL, 2001 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE
"Honest students of God should welcome the revelations of science as insights, not fear them as threats. Here is a book in that spirit by an ardent believer, who takes evolution to heart, and celebrates it." FRANK WILCZEK, 2004 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
"The Wonder of Evolution"
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 advocating a sacred understanding of evolution.
1:15 hr "Evolutionary Spirituality" AUDIO of Michael being interviewed by Craig Hamilton, as part of the "Awakening to the Impulse to Evolve" series on the website: EvolutionarySpirituality.com.
Listen to 6-minute AUDIO
of Michael reading
his PREFACE to the
2009 softcover edition of
Thank God for Evolution.
THIS WEBSITE was launched in May 2002 to support CONNIE BARLOW and MICHAEL DOWD in scheduling events for their life on the road, teaching in schools and colleges the wonders of cosmic and life evolution, and preaching in churches ways of regarding evolution such that diverse faiths and worldviews are enriched. Learn more about their:
PROGRAMS ITINERARY MISSION STATEMENT
Since beginning their traveling work as America's evolutionary evangelists, Connie and Michael have broadened the website to become an educational resource and community empowerment tool that meets the needs of diverse groups (and ages) and that showcases the work of many individuals who have innovative and inspiring ways to teach and experience the 14 billion year epic of an evolving cosmos a genesis story that can unite all peoples and faiths, even as it helps us celebrate our diversity.
For example, on this website you can find:
an inspiring assortment of essays on how a sacred view of an evolving universe enhances the religious experience of Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Unitarians, Quakers, Religious Naturalists, and more. how The Great Story is being introduced in playful and reverential ways (for kids as well as adults) through GREAT STORY PARABLES. (Titles range from "The Lucky Little Seaweed" to "Pluto's Identity Crisis".) a TIMELINE of major moments of transformation within The Great Story (we highly recommend reading the entire timeline), and see how others have represented these moments in loops of GREAT STORY BEADS (also known as "Cosmic Rosaries"). CURRICULA FOR TEACHING CHILDREN the science and values of their 14 billion year old Universe CEREMONIES for celebrating the sacredness of cosmic, planetary, biological, and cultural evolution
Evolutionary parables being performed by volunteers at Great Story events.
Watch 1-minute VIDEO of Connie Barlow in the Grand Canyon, explaining her passion for bringing the "Epic of Evolution" to children around the country.
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Please feel free to download, print, and use any and all of these resources, without seeking permission, for all purposes other than publication. (Contact us if you wish to include them in a book or magazine.) And PLEASE do hotlink our site to yours.
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New Dimensions Radio interview
with Michael / Connie
Rev. MICHAEL DOWD, a former pastor and author of Thank God for Evolution, and CONNIE BARLOW, an author of 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.
Click for Michael Dowd's BIOGRAPHY and publications list. Click for Connie Barlow's BIOGRAPHY and publications list. Click for PUBLICITY PHOTOS. CONTACT US.
LEFT: Michael Dowd in 2011 leading the 5-minute "Story for All Ages" at Sunday morning service of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, Florida. The kids with the puppets are assisting with the story, "Who's Proud to Be Related to an Iguana?"
IF BOTH OF US ARE AVAILABLE TO COME TO YOUR CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING, we suggest that Michael do the guest sermon and Connie be invited to serve as guest teacher in an R.E. class. Upper elementary is her favorite, but lower elementary or middle school are also possible. Please check our ITINERARY to see if we are double-booked on Sunday morning at another church, or whether both of us will be coming to your Sunday service. For any classroom R.E. program, please know that Connie needs to talk with the teacher or R.E. Director in advance of its being scheduled. Another possibility is to schedule Connie to do her hour-long "River of Life" program for families after Sunday lunch at the church. (This has worked very well in several UU churches.)
Please visit the webpage description of Connie's R.E. programs for KIDS.
Click PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS for accessing FREE AUDIOS OF OUR SERMONS.
Or purchase DVDs of our full-length WORKSHOPS.
We gratefully acknowledge the volunteer assistance of Ben Goldstein in helping us create the skeletal links of this website and of Karen Holmgren for providing graphic assistance at the outset.
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