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Rev. Michael Dowd is a former pastor, sustainable communities organizer, and bestselling 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, pro-future, 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 focus is almost entirely on "Standing for the Future" and promoting "Reality's Rules: Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction."

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 — 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.

  • Connie's audio, video, and text publications
  • Michael's audio, video, and text publications
  • Michael's personal / media website


    2016 BASECAMPS...

    - Michael: January 1 - March 18, 2016 - Salt Lake City, UT
    - Connie: January 1 - March 22, 2016 - Fort Payne, AL
    - Both Michael & Connie: March 23 - April 13, 2016 - Fort Payne, AL
    - Both Michael & Connie: April 17 - June 1 - Cullowhee, NC
    - Both Michael & Connie: July 1 - September 15, 2016 - Chama, NM
    - Both Michael & Connie: September 21 - December 31 - Whidbey Island, WA


  • January 10, 2016 - Utah Valley Unitarian Universalists, Springville, UT (Michael morn)
  • January 24, 2016 - Unity of Salt Lake / Unity Spiritual Community (Michael morn + after lunch workshop)
  • February 7-8, 2016 - South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Cottonwood Heights, UT (Michael Sun morn + Mon eve)
  • February 28 and March 2, 2016 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, (Michael Sun morn + Wed eve)
  • March 5, 2016 - private home, Millcreek, UT (Michael 7pm-8:30pm)
  • March 6, 2016 - Salt Lake City Center for Spiritual Living, (Michael morn + 2-4pm workshop)
  • March 13, 14, 15, 2016 - First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City (Michael Sun morn + Mon eve + Tue eve)


  • March 17 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laramie, WY (Michael eve)


  • March 20 and 22 - First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, OK (Michael Sun morn + Tue eve)


    BASECAMP: March 21 - April 13 - Ft. Payne, AL (Lookout Mountain)

  • April 3 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, AL (Michael Sun morn)


  • April 13 - Pleasant Hill Community Church, UCC (Michael eve)


  • April 15-16 - Mountaintop Lectures, Dawsonville, GA
    (Michael delivered 3 "Standing for the Future" presentations, which were videotaped and can now be seen here.)


    BASECAMP: April 17 - June 1 - Cullowhee, NC


  • June 5-6 - First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, NJ (Michael Sun morn and Mon eve)


  • June 12 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, KY (Michael morn and eve)


  • 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 the 2016 Religious Humanists of the Year Award.)


  • June 26-30 - Evolutionary Leaders Annual Retreat - Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Abiquiu, NM

    BASECAMP: July 1 - Aug 13 and Aug 21 - Sept 15, Chama, NM

  • July 15 - 18, "Evolution for Activists" Think-tank, Chama NM

  • August 13-20, WEEKLONG RETREAT in Bayfield, CO
  • August 14, UU Fellowship of Durango, CO (Michael morn)


  • September 18 - Riverside Community Church (UCC), Hood River, OR (Michael morn)
  • September 20 - Riverside Community Church (UCC), Hood River, OR (Michael eve)


    BASECAMP: Sept 23 - Dec 31 - Whidbey Island, WA

  • October 2 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, WA (Connie morn)
  • October 23 - Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Port Angeles, WA (Michael morn)
  • November 20 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, WA (Michael morn)


  • January 1 - Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Edmonds, WA (Michael morn)

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