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    CONNIE BARLOW and MICHAEL DOWD offer programs and presentations for a range of audiences and institutions on a variety of topics within these broad areas:

  • Connie: evolutionary ecology (published books & papers by Connie)

  • Michael: "Thank God for Evolution!" - based on his 2008 book by that title

  • Both: evolutionary sciences expressed in inspirational ways

  • Both: the "good news" of evolutionary psychology and brain science

  • Connie: "We Are Stardust!" and other interactive programs for KIDS


    Peruse our venue-specific program offerings:

    College & University    ♦ K - 12 schools

    Unitarian Universalists

    Christian Churches, Centers, Campus Ministries

    Unity | Religious Science | New Thought | Integral

    Secular | Humanist | Skeptics

    Environmental & Nature Centers

    Men's Groups



    Examples of Programs by CONNIE BARLOW

  • VIDEO: Grief and Gratitude in a Time of Climate Change (Barlow)

  •     Connie Barlow's guest sermon (26 August 2018) for a Unitarian Universalist audience in Michigan conveys the anxiety and suffering of friends in Colorado, California, and Washington who are suffering yet another summer of forest fire danger, smoke, and flash flood warnings. Her message: Environmental damage (and consequent fear and anxiety) out West is clearly "21st Century." But climate change is mostly an abstract understanding in Michigan — where environmental concerns and calamities are still "20th Century".

    22 minutes • (August 2018)

  • Barlow at Michigan Technological University

    The "assisted migration" ongoing project of Torreya Guardians is regularly cited in academic literature on climate adaptation controversies in biodversity and ecosystems protection. Here, Connie Barlow presents the first (highly illustrated) talk to professionals. Speaking to faculty and students at Michigan Technological University's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Barlow presents the history of the "assisted migration" controversy — highlighting the reasons why foresters have already taken actions where conservation biologists fear to tread. (filmed Sept 11, 2015)

    VIDEO: Foresters Outpace Conservation Biologists in Climate Adaptation

  • Popular & Academic PUBLICATIONS BY CONNIE BARLOW (books and online text, audio, and video works)

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    Examples of Programs by MICHAEL DOWD


        This voice-over slide program by Rev. Dowd contains his most important ideas that he has been delivering live to audiences in 2018. Here you can proceed at your own pace.

  • Un-trivializing God: an I-Thou Relationship to Reality Is Not Optional
  • Religion's Purpose: Defender of the Future & Namer of Good & Evil
  • The Great Story / The Epic of Evolution: Cosmic 101-Year Timeline
  • Thus Sayeth Reality: What's Inevitable? What's Futile? What Now?
  • Legacy 101: Staying Sane, Inspired, and in Action
  • Works by MICHAEL DOWD (books and online text, audio, and video works)

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  • For our calendar of future speaking engagements, click: ITINERARY.

    For words of praise from a variety of organizations we have presented to, click on endorsements.

    For downloadable samples of our written work, see Our Writings.

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    Michael Dowd's companion website:

  • "ThankGodForEvolution.com"

    Connie Barlow's companion website:

  • "www.TorreyaGuardians.org"


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    Sermons: MICHAEL DOWD


  • 2014: "Legacy Consciousness"
       Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, Encinitas CA

  • 2013: "God Is Back! (Prophets Too): Evidence As Modern-Day Scripture"
       First United Methodist Church of Boulder, CO

  • 2013: "God Rebukes the Religious Right: Repent Or Face Hell and High Water"
       Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver CO

  • 2012: "A Story Big Enough to Include Us All"
       First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, MN

  • 2012: "The Evidential Reformation: Humanity Growing Up"
       First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY

  • 2012: "Evidential Reformation: REALizing God, Guidance, and Good News"
       First Baptist Church of Painted Post, NY

  • 2011: "Beware Idolatry of the Written Word"
       Unity Center of Davis, CA

  • 2011: "Father's Day Sermon: An Evolutionary View of 'God the Father'"
       First Congregational Church UCC of Sheboygan, WI

  • 2011: "Getting Real About God, Guidance, and Good News"
       Darwin Day sermon at Countryside UCC, Omaha Nebraska

  • 2011: "A Story Big Enough to Hold Us All"
       Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ft. Myers, FL

  • 2010: "The New Atheists As God's Prophets"
       People's Church (Unitarian Universalist), Ludington MI

  • 2010: "Deep-Time Remembering, Deep-Time Blessing"
       C3 Exchange: An Inclusive Spiritual Community, Spring Lake MI

  • 2010: "The Scientific Basis of Compassion"
       Unity of Portland, OR

  • 2010: "Evolutionize Your Life"
       Unity of Woodinville, WA

  • 2009: "Gratitude: An Evolutionary Perspective"
       Unity of Bellevue, WA

  • 2009: "Evolutionary Transformations"
       Mountainside Center for Spiritual Living, Placerville CA

  • 2009: VIDEO: "Seven Gifts of Evolutionary Spirituality"
       Agape Spiritual Center, Culver City CA

  • 2009: "The Gospel According to Science"
       Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston TX

  • 2008: VIDEO: "The Evolutionary Gospel"
       Renaissance Unity, Detroit MI

  • 2008: "Evolutionary Good News"
       First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI

  • 2008: "Why I Thank God for Evolution"
       Unity of Marin, CA

  • 2008: "Thank God for Evolution!"
       First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX (2nd version at First Unitarian Austin 2008)

  • 2006: "The Gospel According to Evolution"
       Unity Church of Christianity, Houston TX

  • 2006: "The Epic of Evolution"
       Unitarian Universalists of Hendersonville, NC

  • 2006: "The Great Story"
       Unity of Woodinville, WA

  • More AUDIO and VIDEO of talks/interviews
       can be viewed at ThankGodforEvolution.com


    Sermons: CONNIE BARLOW


  • 2013: "How Religion Is Failing Our Youth"
       Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, NC

  • 2013: "Stages of Life: Dreams v. Legacy" (MLK Sunday)
       Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, CO (topics incl death and climate change)

  • 2012: "Evolution: The Next Generation"
       Cadboro Bay United Church, Victoria BC (Canada)

  • 2009: "Your Brain's Creation Story"
       UU Congregation of Whidbey Isl, WA

  • 2008: "Evolution: Truth, Beauty, and Utility"
       UU Fellowship of Hendersonville, NC

  • 2008: "We Are Stardust" (intergenerational service)
       Unitarian Universalist Church of Riverside, CA

  • 2006: "Celebrating Evolution"
       Second Unitarian Church of Omaha, NE

  • 2006: "An Evolutionary Celebration of Death"
       Unitarian Society of Hartford, CT

  • 2005: "What Is Our Cosmic Task?"
       Yakima Unitarian Universalist Church, WA

  • 2003: "Is This Not Divine?"
       Unitarian Church of Asheville, NC

  • 2008: VIDEO of "Celebrating Evolution"
       Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua, NY


    PODCAST episodes

  • 2010 "Deep Time Eyes"

  • 2010 "Evolutionize Your Life"

  • 2009 "The New Atheists As God's Prophets"

  • 2009 "Symphony of Science"

  • 2009 "Evolutionary Emergence"

  • 2009 "Evolution and Infidelity"

    Peruse our venue-specific program offerings:

    College & University    ♦ K - 12 schools

    Unitarian Universalists

    Christian Churches, Centers, Campus Ministries

    Unity | Religious Science | New Thought

    Environmental & Nature Centers

    Men's Groups

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