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THE REVEREND MICHAEL DOWD is an evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and evangelist for Big History and an honorable relationship to the future. His 2009 book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. His work has been featured in The NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, Wired, Skeptic, and on CBC, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News.

Michael and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer and evolutionary educator (both climate hawks), permanently travel North America promoting the inspiring side of science, religious naturalism, and one-story spirituality. They've addressed more than 1,800 religious and secular audiences since 2002 — from Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical Christian churches, to Unitarians and freethinkers, to secular grade school, high school, and university students, to New Thought, Integral, and Eastern Spirituality groups.

In all settings Michael shares the same bridge-building "Religion 2.0" gospel, which can be summed up as, "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness." His personal credo: (1) Reality is my God, (2) Evidence is my scripture, (3) Big History is my creation story, (4) Ecology is my theology, (5) Integrity is my spirituality, and (6) Ensuring a healthy future is my mission.

In 2009 he presented "Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis" at Caltech and the United Nations, and in 2012 delivered a TEDx talk: "Why We Struggle and Suffer".

Rev. Dowd's 1991 book, EarthSpirit: A Handbook for Nurturing an Ecological Christianity, was the first to reframe faith in light of The Evidential Reformation.

Michael blogs for The Huffington Post and he and Connie blog on Metanexus. In 2010 he hosted an acclaimed conversation series (available digitally), "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity", and in 2011 he and Connie taught a 5-week online course, "Evolutionize Your Life", portions of which are now available on DVD.

Celebrated by liberals and conservatives alike and gifted at building bridges between religious and non-religious people, Michael shares The Great Story — humanity's first and only evidence-based Genesis — in ways that uplift and expand heart, mind, and soul. His passion is showing how a sacred view of Big History, human nature, and death can inspire each of us to live with greater joy, integrity, purpose, and passion.

(Dowd's Wikipedia entry, HERE, and faith statement: "New Theists: Knowers, Not Believers", HERE.)

 

  



  
 
NH Public Television Documentary
"ONE-ON-ONE WITH MICHAEL DOWD"

This 27-minute documentary on the "one-story faith" or "Christian naturalism" gospel Rev. Dowd preaches, produced by New Hampshire Public Television, first aired in December 2010. The camera crew filmed Dowd at one of seven presentations he gave during November 2010 at United Church of Christ and Congregational churches in New Hampshire.

The documentary centers on an interview with Dowd that was conducted by the television team just before an event. Interspersed are fragments of Dowd during his actual presentation, along with excerpts of a video made several years earlier and available on the Thank God for Evolution DVD sold on this website.

The program, "Evolutionize Your Life," that Michael was presenting that day is now available in DVD or in narrated slide format.

 

    

 

  


  

Thank God for Evolution
How the Marriage of Science and Religion
Will Transform Your Life and Our World

2008: Viking / 2009: Plume

Endorsed by 6 NOBEL LAUREATES and other
science luminaries, including noted skeptics, and
by dozens of widely diverse religious luminaries

Visit the Thank God for Evolution website for

  • the full text of endorsements

  • Rev. Dowd's BLOG: "The Evolutionary Evangelist"

  • link for purchasing the book and related merchandise (tee-shirts, caps, bumper stickers)
  • Chapters 1 & 2
    Free Download


        

    ABOVE: Dowd and Barlow "Climate Resources" page
    of original videos and links.

      

    4-city "Climate Wake-Up" tour in Kentucky, May 2013
    sponsored by Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light
     

      


       "Reality is my God and integrity is my religion. Scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence is where I go first for divine guidance — not ancient texts, mythic beliefs, or traditional dogma. My ultimate commitment is living in right relationship to God (Reality/Nature/the Future) and assisting others in doing the same." — Rev. Michael Dowd


        
     
    Brief Biography for
    INTRODUCING MICHAEL DOWD

    at these venues:

    Unitarian Universalist

    Christian

    Unity / New Thought / Religious Science

    Secular and Other

    Publicity PHOTOS

    MORE EXTENSIVE BIO / BACKGROUND

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    REV. DOWD ON
    NATIONAL TELEVISION

  • on ABC National News (2009)

  • on Fox & Friends (2009)

  • on CNN Lou Dobbs (2008)
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    New Dimensions
    Radio interview


        30-min SERMON VIDEO: "Ecology Is the New Theology"

    In February 2013, Rev. Dowd presented a guest sermon at the UU congregation in Santa Fe, NM. His opening line: "Ecology is the new theology; big history is the new Genesis. Those who fail to understand that evidence is modern-day scripture, and that the world we live in is an honorable world, betray God and humanity in the most egregious of ways." Dowd calls fellow baby boomers to attend to their legacy re: climate change and the enormous costs of medicalized death. Also available in audio format.


      

    30-min SERMON VIDEO: "God Rebukes the Religious Right: 'Repent or Face Hell and High Water'"

    Rev. Michael Dowd delivered an entirely new sermon on January 6, 2013 at the two Sunday morning services at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, CO. Dowd presents "God" (Reality personified) as rebuking scriptural literalists for stalling collective action in response to climate change by engaging in denial or distortion of facts. (Dowd preached the same sermon a month later at a Baptist church in Houston, Texas. He received a standing ovation at both churches.)

    Listen to an AUDIO of the same sermon title delivered the following Sunday at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado.


        49-min VIDEO: "Climate Change & Intergenerational Evil"

    In December 2012, Michael Dowd (with wife, Connie Barlow) "woke up" to the magnitude and immediacy of rapid and profound climate shift already underway. In this video they embed clips of videos and talk about new developments that brought them to this awakening. Video clips include TED talks by James Hansen and David Roberts, and a 3-minute interview with Bill McKibben during his autumn 2012 "Do the Math" climate tour.

    Also posted on Michael's Huffington Post blog.


      
    Publicity PHOTOS


           
    "A Story Big Enough To Hold Us All"

    Michael Dowd's contributed chapter in...

    The Whole World Kin: Darwin and the Spirit of Liberal Religion, edited by Fredric Muir (Skinner House Books, 2009)

    6 questions for group discussion of chapter


    Religious & Educational Background
    and Work Experience

    Michael Dowd grew up Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school for eight years. At the age of 20, while serving in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany, he had a 'born-again' experience and began attending an Assemblies of God church. After leaving the military in 1981, he attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri (affiliated with the Assemblies of God), where he received a B.A. in biblical studies and philosophy, graduating with highest honors. He also graduated with honors in 1987 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (affiliated with the American Baptist Church), where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. From 1987 through 1995 Rev. Dowd served as a United Church of Christ minister, pastoring churches in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Michigan. His first book, EarthSpirit: A Handbook for Nurturing an Ecological Christianity (Twenty-Third Publications: 1991), inspired by the work of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and Miriam MacGillis, was one of the first attempts to look appreciatively at traditional, biblical Christianity from the perspective of a modern cosmology.

       In 1995 Rev. Dowd began working with Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Unitarian Universalist leaders across America on social and environmental issues that were coming up for a vote in Congress, as Religious Organizer for the Washington D.C.-based National Environmental Trust. From 1997 to 2000 he headed the first government-funded program designed to produce large-scale voluntary citizen behavior change along stewardship lines in the United States: The Portland Sustainable Lifestyle Campaign, in Portland, Oregon. In 2000 and 2001 he served as Campaign Manager of Global Action Plan (now The Empowerment Institute's) EcoTeam and Livable Neighborhood programs in Rockland County, New York.

    Rev. Dowd has served on the boards of the North American Conference on Christianity and Ecology; the Ohio Conference United Church of Christ (UCC) Integrity of Creation, Justice, and Peace task force; and the Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network. He has also served on the steering committees of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and the UCC Network for Environmental and Economic Responsibility. Michael's great joy in life is telling the history of everyone and everything in ways that inspire and empower people of all ages and theological orientations to know real freedom, to live in integrity, and to fulfill their evolutionary mission, or "calling".



    Click below for Michael's current BLOGS at . . . 

     

     

       SAMPLE BLOG ENTRIES:

  • God: 'Personification' Does NOT Mean 'Person'

  • Death: Sacred, Necessary, Real

  • Big History Hits the Big Time

  • The Evidential Reformation: Humanity Comes of Age

  • Is Scientific Evidence Modern-Day Scripture?

  • New Theists: Knowers, Not Believers

  • New Atheists Promote Bible Study?

  • Ecology Is the New Theology (Video)

  • Idolatry of the Written Word

  • Preaching on Climate Change



  •    Visit Michael Dowd's BLOG ARCHIVE:
    The Evolutionary Evangelist

    Titles include: "A Story of Awakening (Teen Boys)" ♦ "Evolve or Perish" ♦ "I'm a Human with Mismatched Instincts" ♦ "Making Death Right" ♦ "The Unnaturalist Fallacy" ♦ "Teach Both Sides of What Controversy?" ♦ "Sex and the Olympics" ♦ "Evolution Theology: Religiion 2.0" ♦ "Why I Thank God for Charles Darwin" ♦ "Why Evangelize Evolution?" ♦ "Lizard Legacy Bites Three More Alphas" ♦ "Evolutionary Morality and Ethics" ♦ "Clergy Letter / Emerging Churches" ♦ "Thank God for the New Atheists and Creationists!" ♦ "The Gospel of Evolution" ♦ "Evolutionary Christianity" and many more


       Publicity PHOTOS

    Listen to 6-minute AUDIO of Michael reading his PREFACE to the 2009 softcover edition of Thank God for Evolution.

    RIGHT: Watch a VIDEO of Rev. Dowd's 30-minute SERMON delivered at All Souls Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, "The Sacred Side of Science: Religious Naturalism".

       




  • "Ecology Is the New Theology" 2013 (in SpiritEarth magazine)
        (with Connie Barlow) why the teachings of Thomas Berry are now even more urgent. (1 page in PDF)

  • "Living and Loving Panfaithfully": Creating a Life Full of Integrity, Passion, and Sustainable Loving Relationships.
    A 25-page essay written in 1998 that addresses three basic needs and challenges of modern-day living: (1) How to live a truly authentic, fully self-expressed life, (2) Experiencing love that is mutually satisfying, mutually empowering, and deepening over time, and (3) Our yearning to create a greater sense of community among our family and friends.

  • "An Evangelical Pentecostal Naturalist?!", invited post in Emergent Village Voice, 31 January 2012.

  • "Why Understanding Our Instincts Is Vital for Living in Integrity and Unleashing Our Greatness"
         Dowd interviewed by Craig Hamilton for The Way of the Evolutionary Man audio series, June 2011. AUDIO.

  • "Thank God for the New Atheists", in Skeptic Magazine Vol 16 No.2, 2011.

  • "Is Biblicist Christianity Bankrupt?", online debate with Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2011).

  • "Thank God for the New Atheists", in Australasian Science Magazine December 2010.

  • "Thank God for the New Atheists" sermon delivered by Dowd at Mayflower UCC, Cathedral of Hope, and St. Paul's Episcopal
         in Oklahoma City, OK (Aug 1-8, 2010); 5 pages in PDF.

  • "Evolutionary Spirituality: Coming Home to Reality", essay published in Michael Dowd's blog of 20 January 2010. 8 pages in PDF.
    1:15 hr AUDIO of Michael speaking about these concepts with Craig Hamilton, as part of the "Awakening to the Impulse to Evolve" series on the website: EvolutionarySpirituality.com.

  • "Thomas: My Great Red Oak" chapter contributed by Dowd to The Thomas Berry Tribute of Ecozoic Reader, 2009. 2 pages in PDF.

  • "Giving God Glory in Evolution", Lent 2004 issue of Benedictine Bridge.

  • "4 Reasons Why Nothing Matters More Than What We Think About Evolution" - 2008
    This is a blogpost that is now available in PDF on this website.

  • "Evolutionary Evangelism" - 2005
    This is a contributed entry for the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, edited by Bron Taylor, Dept. Religion, University of Florida, Gainesville.

  • "My Road To Damascus" - 2003 (5 pages)
    First published in the Spring 2003 issue of EarthLight: The Magazine of Spiritual Ecology, this essay explores Michael's personal journey from a worldview that did not accept evolution to one that completely embraces it, without diminishing his faith. PDF.

  • "A Great Story Perspective on the UCC Statement of Faith" - 1990 (8 pages)
    An interpretation of the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith, in light of the epic of evolution, biblical revelation, tradition, and personal life experience. It was originally Michael's ordination paper. webpage

  • "Ecozoic Activism" EarthLight, 2001 - (2 pages)
    The inner work that will guide environmental activism toward, what Thomas Berry calls, the Ecozoic Era (co-written with Connie Barlow). PDF

  • "The New Cosmology: Understanding the Gaia Hypothesis" - 1998 (2 pages)
    published in the June/July issue of Simply Living; available online in PDF

  • "Earth or 'the earth': What's in a Name?" - 1991 (2 pages)
    Have you ever heard anyone refer to our celestial neighbors as "the mars", "the jupiter", or "the venus,"? Of course not. Why, then, refer to the physical ground of our being as "the earth"? This short essay suggests that how we refer to our home planet is far more than a matter of semantics. It is ultimately a question of honor, which, as Thomas Berry argues, may be the most important issue before us as we enter the twenty-first century. webpage


     DVDs 


      
    Visit Michael Dowd's BOOK website

    ThankGodforEvolution.com

      


        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 both Christian and UU churches.)

    Please visit the webpage description of Connie's R.E. programs for KIDS.



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