Speaking Engagements of
Michael Dowd & Connie Barlow

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Since Spring of 2020, MICHAEL DOWD has been offering homilies, sermons, and other programs via ZOOM. There is no standard fee, as we trust the budget and generosity of the sponsoring organization, especially in these difficult times.

For IN-PERSON presentations, driving reimbursement from our home in southern Michigan is appreciated. (Michael rarely, if ever, flies anymore.)

Scroll through our Past Itinerary page or the more general Programs to get a sense of the diversity of venues during our previous 19 years on the road.

*** CONTACT via EMAIL: MichaelBDowd(AT)gmail(DOT)com / PHONE: 425-760-9941 ***

Sample Sermon Titles / Subtitles
(feel free to mix and match)

1.  Parenting and Grandparenting in Contracting (Crazy-making) Times
2.  The Big Picture: What Every Young Person (and Grandparent) Should Know
3.  How to Listen, What to Say, and What NOT to Say to Children & Youth

4.  Three Keys for Staying Positive in a Crazy-Making World
5.  Living in an Age of Endings: Practical Wisdom for Hard Times
6.  No Gloom Realism: Honoring Grief, Empowering Action

7.  Life 101: Ecology as Theology, Decline as Grace
8.  Reality 101: Expanding Our Circle of Compassion
9.  True Sustainability: Cultivating a Pro-Future Heart and Mind

10. Beyond Hope and Fear: Clarity, Compassion, Love-in-Action
11. Emotional Support for Climate Anxiety and Environmental Dread
12. Sustainability 101: Ecology as the Heart of Theology

DOWD PRESENTATIONS (Zoom or Live) in 2022 and 2023

Permanent residence (as of Sept 2020) Ypsilanti, Michigan

• February 13 - Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty, Clarklake, MI (in person)

• June 19 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint, MI (in person)

• July 10 - Prairie Circle UU, Grayslake, IL (online)

• July 17 - Interfaith Spiritual Center, Ann Arbor, MI (in person)

• July 31 - First Unitarian Church, Hobart, IN (TBA online or in person)

• August 12 - Yoga Community Gathering at Triple Crane Retreat Center, Chelsea, MI (eve in person)

• August 14 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, KY (online)

• October 16 - Heritage Unitarian Universalist Church in Cincinnati, OH (TBA online or in person)

Sample zoom sermon, delivered and recorded in 2021

True Sustainability: Cultivating a Repentant, Pro-Future Heart & Mind

   In this 16-minute sermon, Dowd points to key differences between truly sustainable cultures and today's attempts to greenwash ecocidal industrial civilization. He also looks at how indigenous life-ways and practices inspire pro-future thinking, feelings, and actions. This Zoom sermon was delivered in June 2021 for Community Unitarian Universalists of Brighton, MI (CUUB). Educational text and image overlays were added by video editor (Dowd's wife), Connie Barlow.

16 minutes • (recorded and posted June 2021)

Possible Live Q&A Zoom Session (60 to 90 minutes) with Rev. Dowd
(scheduled to follow the sermon within a week or two)
Participants would view in advance this online VIDEO:

Serenity Prayer for the 21st Century: Pro-Future Love-in-Action

   This 25-minute video is a primer on how to stay sane, sober, and heartful in contracting times. It is now the main introduction to my work and resources related to climate change, ecological overshoot, true vs. faux sustainability, and how to discern what to accept and what to passionately engage in. It is also the main follow-up program to my Zoom and in-person presentations delivered in secular and religious settings throughout 2021.

25 minutes • (recorded and posted June 2021)

Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary eco-theologian and pro-future advocate whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television throughout the U.S. and Canada. 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 three acclaimed online conversation series: "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity" (2011), "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness" (2015), and "Post-doom: Regenerative conversations exploring overshoot grief, grounding, and gratitude" (2020). Rev. Dowd's work provides audiences with applications of evolutionary and ecological wisdom that break through the confusions of these rapidly shifting times.

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 serve on the Board of Advisors of the Religious Naturalist Association (RNA) and have spoken to nearly 3,000 religious and secular groups throughout North America since 2002.

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

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