Speaking Engagements of
Michael Dowd & Connie Barlow
♦ Details of Current Events
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. As of 2016, his message usually revolves around themes related to "Standing for the Future" and promoting "Reality's Rules: Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction and Redeem Humanity."
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 Amazon.com'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 have spoken to more than 2,000 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.
This 5-page essay (or 19-min audio) expresses the heart of Rev. Dowd's pro-science prophetic message.
Connie's audio, video, and text publications Michael's audio, video, and text publications Michael's personal / media website
June 19 - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, OH (Michael morn) June 22-24, Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, Columbus OH (Michael + Connie)
(June 24 we co-presented on "Evolutionary Eco-Humanism: What Would Julian Do?", upon receiving 2016 Religious Humanists of the Year Award.)
NEW MEXICO and COLORADO
June 26-30 - Evolutionary Leaders Annual Retreat - Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Abiquiu, NM
BASECAMP: July 1 - Aug 13: Chama, NM
RETREAT: August 13-20: Bayfield, CO
August 14, UU Fellowship of Durango, CO (Michael morn) August 16, UU Fellowship of Durango, CO (Michael eve)
PACIFIC NORTHWEST (OREGON and WASHINGTON)
SHORT RETREAT: August 28-31: Alta, CO
SHORT RETREAT: Sept 1-4: Husum, WA or Portland, OR
BASECAMP: Sept 5 - Sept 16: Port Angeles, WA
BASECAMP: Sept 21 - Jan 29: Whidbey Island, WA
September 18 - Riverside Community Church (UCC), Hood River, OR (Michael morn) September 20 - Riverside Community Church (UCC), Hood River, OR (Michael eve) September 25 - Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, Kirkland, WA (Michael morn)
October 2 - Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, Woodinville, WA (Michael morn) October 2 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, WA (Connie morn) October 9 - St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Bellevue, WA (Michael morn) October 16 - Everett UCC Church, Everett, WA (Michael morn) October 18 - Meaningful Movies on the Eastside @ St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Bellevue, WA (Michael eve) October 22 - University Congregational (UCC) Mens Retreat, Pilgrim Firs Conference Center, Port Orchard, WA (Michael morn) October 23 - Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Port Angeles, WA (Michael morn) October 30 - Westminister Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC), Spokane, WA (Michael morn)
November 6 - First Congregational Church (UCC) of Walla Walla, WA (Michael morn) November 13 - Unity of Portland, Portland, OR (Michael morn and afternoon) November 20 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, WA (Michael morn)
December 4 - Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Tacoma, WA (Michael morn) December 18 - Prospect United Church of Christ, Seattle, WA (Michael morn)
January 1 - Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Edmonds, WA (Michael morn) January 8 - ??? University Congregational UCC, Seattle, WA ??? [To be confirmed mid-August] January 22 - Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Bellingham, WA (Michael morn) January 29 - Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church, Bainbridge Island, WA (Michael morn)
BASECAMP: February 5 - April 3: Oxnard, CA
For the list of speaking engagements already completed, click: PAST ITINERARY.