CONNIE BARLOW and MICHAEL DOWD
presentations for
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS

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    This married couple, America's "evolutionary evangelists", live permanently on the road, teaching and preaching an awe-inspiring, inclusive, science-based message of hope and possibility in churches and living rooms as well as in public and private schools all across North America.

They have presented these programs for more than 400 UU congregations, UU summer camps, and minister retreats since they began their traveling ministry in 2002.

Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow have also been featured speakers at continuing education programs for UU ministers and directors of religious education at The Meadville-Lombard Winter Institute (2005), for annual retreats of the Mountain Desert UU District (2004), NH/VT-Maine District (2006), Ballou-Channing District (2006, 2007), Southeast UU District (at The Mountain in 2006), UU Washington Area Religious Education Council (2007), SW Chapter of UU Minister's Assoc. (2008), SW UU Summer Institute (2008), Stebbins UU Summer Camp , Asilomar CA (2005), UU Summer Camp at Ghost Ranch NM (2006), Four Corners UU District Summer Camp (2006), Elliot Institute Summer Camp (2009), which serves UU organizations in BC, WA, and OR; Murray Grove Retreat (UU Homecoming) NJ (2010); Mid South District UU weekend retreat (2011); PSWIRL Summer Camp (2011) Camp DeBenneville Pines CA


    

  • The cover story of the Spring 2006 issue of the national magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association features the work of Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd — "itinerant evolutionary evangelists" — in bringing a sacred understanding of evolution into Unitarian Universalist circles, where it powerfully bridges the spiritual and philosophical diversity inherent in this liberal faith tradition. (written by Amy Hassinger)

  • In addition, Connie Barlow's 1997 book, Green Space, Green Time: The Way of Science, was excerpted for the cover story of the Nov/Dec 1998 UU World.

  • ♦ Click here for list of SERMON & PROGRAM TITLES

    ♦ Click here for ORDER OF SERVICE & HYMN suggestions

    ♦ Click for brief BIOGRAPHIES for introducing Michael or Connie at UU events.

    ♦ Click for list of UU CONGREGATIONS that Connie & Michael have presented at during their 12-year journey.


      

    New Dimensions Radio interview
    with Michael / Connie

         Rev. MICHAEL DOWD, a former pastor and author of the 2008 Thank God for Evolution, and CONNIE BARLOW, an author of 4 popular science books, embody the marriage of religion and science as husband and wife. They view themselves as emissaries of a worldwide ecumenical movement that draws from the contemporary wisdom of those on the growing edge of science and meaning.

  • brief UU BIOGRAPHIES for introducing Michael or Connie at UU events

  • Michael Dowd's biography and publications list

  • Connie Barlow's biography and publications list

  • PUBLICITY PHOTOS
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    Michael and Connie are passionate about these topics and will present them wherever there is interest.

    ♦ Click here for list of SERMON & PROGRAM TITLES

  • For GUEST SERMONS/MESSAGES at Sunday morning congregational services, we gratefully accept whatever compensation a congregation typically offers guest ministers or speakers.

  • For church SUMMER CAMPS, DISTRICT MEETINGS, AND OTHER GATHERINGS, we are happy to negotiate fees that will work for your group.

    We try to schedule appearances on a region-by-region basis to minimize transportation time, costs, and energy. Because our ministry also depends on earnings from selling our books and DVDs, we will appreciate access to one or two LONG TABLES in your lobby or Fellowship Hall for setting up our wares.

    Please know that we generally book Connie into one UU church on a Sunday morning and Michael into a different church in the same vicinity, so we do not appear together, except for longer church retreats and trainings. In addition, Michael presents a FREE multimedia evening talk for each of the two churches on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday immediately following the Sunday service. We carry our own portable screen and high-lumen digital projector to use for the evening follow-up program, so the only thing you need to provide is an adequate room and voice amplification. Because book and DVD sales following the presentation are usually substantial (we make the table self-serve, so no assistance is required for that either), we suggest you publicize the event as FREE (or donations) and consider it as an opportunity to attract newcomers from the wider community.

    Depending on whether we are also presenting for other organizations in your town or city, we may ask you to locate HOME HOSPITALITY for us for the night preceding a morning service and (sometimes) through the morning following the evening workshop. Click here for a handy list of information on our HOME HOSPITALITY needs. We intend this list to supply prospective hosts with all the information they need to feel comfortable in extending us an invitation.

  • To learn more about our work and the impact we are having, click on About Us and What Others Say.

    ♦ Click for brief BIOGRAPHIES for introducing Michael or Connie at UU events.

  • Click here to view an annotated list of popular & academic WRITINGS BY CONNIE BARLOW.
  • Click here to view an annotated list of popular & academic WRITINGS BY MICHAEL DOWD.
  • ♦ Click here for a handy list of information on our HOME HOSPITALITY needs and requests.


    ♦ Click here for DESCRIPTIONS / PUBLICITY templates for each program


    Order of Service suggestions - i.e., hymns, chalice lighting, readings




    UU Congregations We Have Presented At

    Since 2002 Michael and Connie have been guest speakers at Sunday services (sermons, and often the children's component as well) and/or offered evening workshops at UU fellowships and churches in:

  • Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Auburn, Huntsville, Birmingham
  • Arizona - Flagstaff, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, NW Tucson, Tucson, Sedona, Chandler, Phoenix, Surprise, Prescott (Granite Peak)
  • Arkansas - Little Rock
  • California - Anaheim, Asilomar Summer Camp, Berkeley, Carmel, Conejo Valley, Davis, Escondido, Fremont, Fullerton, Goleta, Grass Valley, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Los Gatos, La Mesa, Mission Viejo, Modesto, Napa, Newbury Park, North Hills, Oakland, Palos Verdes Estates, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verde, Redwood City, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, East San Diego, San Dieguito, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa, Santee, Stockton, Ventura, Visalia, Vista
  • Colorado - Alamosa, Boulder, Denver, Pueblo, Littleton, Colorado Springs (All Souls and High Plains), Glenwood Springs, Durango,
        Grand Junction, Durango, Bayfield, Golden
  • Connecticut - Hartford, W. Hartford, Danbury, Manchester, Westport, New Haven, Woodbury
  • Delaware - Mill Creek, Newark
  • Florida - Bradenton, Miami, Vero Beach, Fort Myers, Odessa, Orlando, Valparaiso
         Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beaches, Plantation,
         Greater Naples, Sarasota, Valpariso, Pensacola, Panama City, Bonita Springs, Tampa, Venice, Sun City Center
  • Georgia - Lawrenceville, Augusta, Atlanta, Hilton Head, Athens, Savannah, Statesboro, Metro Atlanta North, Gwinnet
  • Idaho - Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Moscow
  • Illinois - Evanston, Springfield, Rockford, Palatine, Peoria
  • Indiana - Fort Wayne, Hobart, Muncie, Lafayette, Bloomington, Indianapolis
  • Iowa- Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport
  • Kansas - Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, Topeka
  • Kentucky - Louisville, Lexington
  • Louisiana - New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lacombe, Shreveport
  • Maine - Ellsworth, Portland, Sanford, Rockland, Milford, Damariscotta, Yarmouth
  • Maryland - Columbia, Easton, Adelphi, Lutherville, Bethesda
  • Massachusetts - Springfield, Needham, Worcester, Belmont, Northborough, Concord,
         North Andover, Reading, Greenfield, Littleton, Brookline, Winchester
  • Michigan - Flint, Birmingham, Lansing, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, St. Joseph's, Midland, Clark Lake, Kalamazoo, Brighton, Farmington Hills, Muskegon, Sarnia (Port Huron), Ludington, Grand Traverse
  • Minnesota - Minneapolis (1st Universalist), Minneapolis (M Servetus), St. Paul (Unity), White Bear (Mahtomedi), Duluth
  • Mississippi - Jackson
  • Missouri - Springfield, Kansas City, Ellisville, St. Louis
  • Montana - Billings, Missoula
  • Nebraska - Omaha, Lincoln
  • Nevada - N. Nevada (Reno)
  • New Hampshire - Franklin, Peterborough, Milford, Exeter, Tamworth, Portsmouth South
  • New Jersey - East Brunswick, Hunterdon County, Englewood, Murray Grove, Ridgewood, Lincroft,
         Galloway County, Titusville, Summit, Montclair, Plainfield, Cherry Hill, Princeton, Paramus
  • New Mexico - Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Ghost Ranch, Los Alamos, Taos, Gallup, Santa Fe
  • New York - Rockland County, Sussex County, Long Island, White Plains, Binghamton, Orange County, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Manhasset, Albany, Washingtonville, Canandaigua, Syracuse, Syracuse (May Memorial), NYC (All Souls), Staten Island, Briarcliff/Croton/Ossining/, Rochester, N. Westchester
  • North Carolina - Asheville, Brevard, Hendersonville, Kitty Hawk, New Bern, Greenville, Greensboro (Jamestown), Durham, Raleigh, Wilmington, Black Mountain (Swannanoa Valley), Charlotte, Morehead City
  • North Dakota - Fargo-Morehead
  • Ohio - Cincinnati, Columbus, Kent, Cleveland (+ Westfield Twnshp), Hopedale, Dayton, Berea, Canto, Miami Valley, Marietta
  • Oklahoma - Tulsa, Tulsa (Hope), Ardmore (SWUUSI 2008), Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Norman
  • Oregon - Hillsboro, Newport, Portland, West Hills of Portland, Hood River, Bend, Klamath Falls, Eugene
  • Pennsylvania - Berks County (Reading), Pittsburgh, South Hills of Pittsburgh, Meadville, Harrisburg
  • South Carolina - Greenville, Clemson, Beaufort, Columbia
  • Tennessee - Nashville, Greater Nashville, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Hill, Cordova, Memphis, Gray, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro
  • Texas - Dallas, Galveston, Houston (both), North Houston, Stafford, College Station, Denton, Austin, S. Austin, Plano, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Midland, Pasadena, The Woodlands, Huntsville, Waco
  • Utah - Salt Lake City
  • Vermont - Woodstock, Burlington, Norwich
  • Virginia - Newport News, Loudoun County, Sterling, Easton, Norfolk, Reston, Fairfax, Manassas
  • Washington - E. Wenatchee, Whidbey Island, Port Townsend, Bellingham, Kirkland, Olympia, Seattle, S. Seattle, W. Seattle, U District of Seattle, Forest Park, Bellevue, Des Moines, Yakima, Edmonds, Vancouver, Woodinville
  • Wisconsin - Madison (First + James Reeb), Ripon, Racine, Kenosha, Wales, Mukwonago, Milwaukee, Wausau
  • Wyoming - Cheyenne
  • Eastern Canada - Montreal, North Hatley, Halifax
  • Western Canada - Victoria, Naramata, Vancouver, Vancouver Island
  • NOTE: This list may be incomplete. For a complete record of where we have spoken and when, see PAST ITINERARY and ITINERARY.

         

    Click here for a list of UU BEST PRACTICES
    that Connie & Michael have come upon during
    their visits to UU churches and fellowships.




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