• 5-PART VIDEO SERIES: "God in Big History" launched by Michael Dowd

        July 2014 Michael launched the beta (draft) version of a free, online videblog series designed for both secular and religious educational settings.

    The 5 episodes are:

    1. The Big Picture (35 min)
    2. Sacred Science (35 min)
    3. Reality Rueles (43 min)
    4. Sin and Death (30 min)
    5. Evidential Prophets (49 min)

  • VIDEO: "Rocky Mtn Trees in Climate Peril"
        Episode 5 of Connie Barlow's "Climate, Trees, and Legacy" videoblog series is now available on youtube. Ten conifers native to Colorado are the focus, and Connie uses US Forest Service maps of species range projections as climate shifts.

    The video of Connie's live presentation in Durango Colorado (see below) is the core of this hour-long episode.

  • NEWS REPORT: Durango Herald features story on Connie Barlow's talk
        Colorado's Durango Herald posted a feature story on Connie Barlow's June 24 talk, "Rocky Mountain Trees in Climate Peril." The talk was hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango. The report begins:
    At Durango's Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday, evolutionary biologist Connie Barlow began her talk about climate change's effect on wild trees in Colorado by telling the crowd: "This is the next step in sadness." Judging by the 40-strong crowd's reaction to her slides, which included sharp intakes of breath, mournful sighing and head shaking, Barlow made good on her promise to devastate the room.

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd speaks at TEDx Grand Rapids 2014 (18 mins)
        "Reality Reconciles Science and Religion" was the title of Dowd's TEDx presentation in May 2014, posted on youtube in June. Description:
    What we call "Reality" the ancients called "God." This insight, according to Michael Dowd, bridges the science and religion divide and clarifies our way into the future. This talk highlights six surprising points of agreement where millions of religious as well as secular people find inspiration.

  • VIDEO: "Lesson 4 (Arizona Cypress)" of Climate, Trees, and Legacy (53 mins)
        This is the fourth episode in Connie's 2014 videoblog series promoting climate action by focusing on the dire need of forest trees to gain our assistance in moving north in this time of rapid climate change. (posted June 2014)

  • VIDEO: Connie Barlow presents Great Story Beads to Unitarians (4 mins)
        "This Is Our Story, Too!" was the theme that guest storyteller, Connie Barlow, performed for the Mother's Day 2014 Sunday Service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe.

    Her prop: a necklace of "Great Story Beads" that she had assembled 12 years earlier, and which entailed beads chosen to represent key passages in the 13.8 billion year "epic of evolution" that are meaningful to Connie. (posted June 2014)

  • 4 VIDEOS: Michael Dowd speaks to Christian audience in Albuquerque
        Watch 4 excerpts: (1) "What We Call Reality, the Ancients Called God" 25 min., (2) "God's Evidential Word" 3 min., (3) "Called to Greatness" 10 min., (4) "God's Evidential Word" 3 min., (3) "The Triple Idolatries" 5 min. (posted May 2014)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd speaks at CLIMATE RALLY in Albuquerque (4 minutes)
        Rev. Michael Dowd speaks to the marchers and local supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10 May 2014, about "systemic evil" as the root cause of our deteriorating climate. The Great March for Climate Action - 3000 miles from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. March 1, 2014 to November 1, 2014. (posted May 2014)

  • VIDEO: Connie Barlow presentation: "Forest Trees in Climate Peril"
        A 45-minute talk that Connie delivered in Prescott, Arizona, is the single best place to begin learning how rapid climate change is endangering even common trees of American forests — and why our descendants will need to step in and help those trees disperse seeds farther north than birds and mammals can transport them. (posted May 2014)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd sermon: "Reality Reconciles Science & Religion"
        This 21-minute guest sermon was delivered at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gallup, New Mexico, on 4 May 2014. Here Dowd presents the key points that he will deliver in TEDx Grand Rapids later that week. (posted May 2014)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd at Sedona: Six Agreements (9 minute excerpt)
        Michael Dowd spoke to the Sedona Integral Group on April 25, 2014. In this 9-minute excerpt, Dowd offers six points of agreement on which religious and secular people alike can agree — and through which we all might join together to work toward a healthy future. (posted April 2014)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd sermon: "Inspiring Science, Realistic Hope"
        This 23-minute guest sermon was delivered at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Prescott, Arizona, on 13 April 2014. Dowd offers that "all gods and goddesses can be understood in either a fictional or a factual way." Other memes include thinking of the human as the "Prodigal Species": "We have squandered our inheritance, and now we must come home to Reality." He advises secular folk to "Make your legacy your primary concern." For Christians he advises, "Make your legacy your Lord." Audio podcast version is also available. (posted April 2014)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd speaks at CLIMATE RALLY in Phoenix (5 minutes)
        Rev. Michael Dowd speaks to the marchers and local supporters in Phoenix, Arizona, about how "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness." 7 April 2014. The Great March for Climate Action - 3000 miles from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. March 1, 2014 to November 1, 2014. (posted April 2014)

  • VIDEO EXCERPT: Michael Dowd preaches "Science Is God's Evidential Revelation"
        Rev. Michael Dowd delivered a short homily at Guardian Angels Catholic Community in Tempe, Arizona (March 2014). In this two-minute video excerpt Dowd encourages clergy in all faith traditions to "subscribe to Science News" and to occasionally preach "what God is revealing through science." Dowd closes with, what he calls, "my favorite piece of scripture." Carl Sagan: "Science is at least in part informed worship." (posted April 2014)

  • VIDEO EXCERPT: Michael Dowd preaches "Good, Bad, Great, and Evil"
        Rev. Michael Dowd delivered a short homily at Guardian Angels Catholic Community in Tempe, Arizona (March 2014). This one-minute video excerpt presents the core of his message, which is on the theme of "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness." (posted April 2014)

  • VIDEOS: "Climate, Trees, and Legacy" PARTS 2 and 3
          In this teaching series of 2014, Connie Barlow posted episodes 2 and 3, based on trees encountered and researched in California and Arizona: "2. Lessons of Torrey Pine" and "3. Lessons of Joshua Tree"

    (posted March and April 2014)

  • AAAS Science Report and Videos present urgency of climate action
        In March 2014, the top organization of scientists, American Association for the Advancement of Science united in voice to publish a rare report on the role of RISK in climate change, and thus the need for urgent action. We link to that report, "What We Know about Climate Change", on our own CLIMATE VIDEO LINKS page, as we highly recommend the 8 short videos that accompany it. (posted March 2014)

  • AUDIO: "Legacy Consciousness"
        February 2014, Michael Dowd delivered a new presentation to nurture "legacy consciousness" and to motivate action in joyful service of the future. He spoke at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas, California. This was his inaugural presentation in collaboration with The Great March for Climate Action. You will hear embedded audios of three short videos that Michael played for the audience: (1) a TEDx climate talk by David Roberts, (2) a statement on the "intergenerational injustice" if we fail to act on climate change by climate scientist James Hansen, and (3) a recitation by poet Drew Dellinger. (posted March 2014)

  • VIDEO: Connie Barlow tells a Story for All Ages at a Unitarian Congregation
        "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness" is this 7-minute children's story, told by Connie Barlow at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, New Jersey, October 2013. Connie improvised a story to accompany a guest sermon by Michael Dowd (same title), and used these props: her necklace of Great Story Beads, Michael's long strand of Great Story Beads, the "Earth from Space" stained glass window in the sanctuary, a pair of Hubble Space photos she has on poster board, and the children themselves. (posted February 2014)

  • VIDEO: "Climate, Trees, and Legacy"
        42-minute VIDEOBLOG launching Connie's new learning and action series for helping trees adapt to climate change — species by species, decade by decade. Citizen naturalists are invited to "Leaf a Legacy" — to research a favorite native tree species and begin to work with others to keep up with the northward movement of forest zones by planting (and then monitoring) wild seeds of common species onto private forested lands well north of where those seeds were collected. Note: The audio soundtrack of this video was also posted as Episode 44 of our podcast series: "America's Evolutionary Evangelists." (posted January 2014)

  • SERMON TEXT: Dowd's new 2014 sermon, "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness"
        Rev. Michael Dowd always delivers guest sermons extemporaneously. To prepare for his new sermon theme of 2014 (he is scheduled to present at churches along the route of the Great March for Climate Action), Dowd prepared a text version from which shorter talks will be drawn. (posted January 2014)

  • AUDIO: Roger L. Ray: "Evidence-Based Faith"
          

    Episode 9 of Michael Dowd's Evolving Faith Podcast is a 50-minute interview with the pastor of a progressive Christian church in Springfield, Missouri. Topics include post-supernatural faith, the importance of compassion in action, conservative religious backlash, the future of church, and the importance of online communities, including posting audios and videos of sermons. (posted December 2013)

  • Tribute to Celia Hunter, Wilderness Advocate of the 20th Century
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    Celia Hunter was a major mentor to Connie Barlow. Since Celia's death in December 2001, Connie has been placing a pinch of Celia's ashes in wilderness and other natural areas in the USA, as Celia was executive director of the Wilderness Society in the years leading up to the 1980 designation of many national parks and monuments in Alaska. (posted December 2013)

  • SACRED SITE OF THE EPIC OF EVOLUTION: "Back to the Ediacaran"
        In a richly illustrated photo-essay, Connie Barlow reports on her serendipitous time travel "back to the Ediacaran", when she came upon a little pool in Alabama with hand-size blobs of torus-shaped green jelly masses. (posted December 2013)

  • EXPERIENTIAL: "Ancestor's Meditation" by Jon Cleland Host
        The "Ancestors Meditation" link above will take you to this website's main, annotated list of Experiential Processes. Scroll down to number 4B and that will give you a direct link to the Humanistic Paganism website that Jon Cleland-Host posted his guided meditation on, which begins with our modern human ancestors and works back through the joys and trials of our furred and even fishy forebears. Highly recommended! (posted December 2013)

  • AUDIO: "Chris Henderson: Aboriginal Power"
        Chris Henderson is one of Canada's foremost thinkers on innovation in the areas of business, cleantech, renewable energy, and corporate sustainability. His 2013 book, Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy and the Future of Canada's First Peoples. This is the 18th episode in their Inspiring Naturalism Podcast series. Note: An October 2013 Video of Chris presenting "Aboriginal Power" to a business group in Toronto is also superb. (posted December 2013)

  • VIDEO: "Helping Plants Move North In Anthropocene Climate"
        75-minute VIDEOBLOG by Connie Barlow summarizing her climate action volunteerism in founding and leading Torreya Guardians, which in 2005 began moving Florida's endangered conifer tree into North Carolina and even farther north. (posted November 2013)

  • AUDIO: "Religion 2.0 - Ecology As Theology"
        September 2013, Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow posted a new audio podcast of their conversation about Michael's newest ideas on this theme. The 6 core points in this 51-minute audio are: (1) Reality is our God; (2) Evidence is our scripture; (3) Big History is our creation story; (4) Ecology is our theology; (5) Integrity is our religion; and (6) Ensuring a healthy future is our mission. (posted September 2013)


  • AUDIO: "Stone-Age Instincts / Supernormal Allurements
        June 2013, Connie Barlow presented a guest sermon at Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Muskegon, Michigan. Her talk centered on 4 realms of profound mismatch between our instincts and the allurements within modern societies today: processed foods, feel-good substances (leading to addictions), connectivity compulsion, and elders suffering a prolonged death owing to advanced medical technologies. (posted August 2013)


  • NEW CURRICULUM: "Nurturing Worldviews with Children"

      

    In 2013 leaders in the freethought tradition (Dale McGowan) and evolutionary humanism (Connie Barlow) independently presented talks on how each tradition counsels parents and liberal religious educators to assist children in developing their worldviews. Each VIDEO is under an hour. The video pair is ideal for a 2 or 3 session discussion program for parents and religious educators determining how best to engage children in their charge. (posted July 2013)


  • WEBPAGE: Climate Change video links page UPDATED   (posted July 2013)


  • VIDEO: "Praise Darwin!" (an evolution revival with Charlie Varon)
        In 1986 comedian Charlie Varon performed live a 14-minute show, "The Evolution Revival Meeting". It is out-of-print, but Michael Dowd had an audio cassette, which Connie Barlow digitized, excerpted, and then added graphics to produce a playful and richly illustrated video posted on YouTube. This video is a stitch! (posted July 2013)

  • VIDEO: "How Religion Is Failing Our Youth — and What We Can Do About It"
          

    Connie Barlow presented this topic in April 2013 to the South Points Association for Exploring Religion (SPAFER) in Birmingham, Alabama. The film is edited to 58 minutes and supplemented with illustrations and stories of 5 kinds of evolutionary curricula posted on this site: (1) evolutionary parables, (2) We Are Stardust, (3) Great Story Beads, (4) My Universe Story, and (5) We Are All Cousins. (posted June 2013)

  • VIDEO: Karen Kudebeh: "The Story and Science of Belonging"
          

    Watch Karen Kudebeh present in 14-minutes the trajectory of cosmic, geological, biological, and cultural evolution, using her 2D and 3D Time Spirals, which have enraptured all ages with their pattern, colors, and superb attention to the key events discovered by mainstream science. Truly, "a bird's eye view of Big History." (posted June 2013)

  • VIDEO: Mary Southard: "Art for the Universe Story"
          

    Filmed by Connie Barlow in 2004 at Sister Mary Southard's studio near Chicago, this video is a richly illustrated introduction to the paintings and drawings created over the course of two decades by the artist whose work so movingly visualizes the Universe Story and the human role within it, as articulated by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. (posted June 2013)

  • VIDEO: "Hot Climate Women Scientists in Cool Places"
          

    Connie Barlow volunteers some of her time to climate activism by doing what she does best: reporting on the science and creating videos. In this new 42-minute Youtube video, Connie leads viewers through an enhanced understanding of polar ice melt, a changing jet stream, and new discoveries in paleoclimates by excerpting the richly illustrated and powerful 2013 videos by four women in climate science: Jennifer Francis, Julie Brigham-Grette, Natalia Rybczynski, and Lisa Graumlich. Dowd embeds this video in his HuffPo blog here. (posted May 2013)

  • AUDIO: Jonathan Haidt: "The Righteous Mind"
          

    Episode 17 of "Inspiring Naturalism" podcast series features moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt in conversation with Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd about his new book, The Righteous Mind. (posted May 2013)

  • VIDEO: "Rev. Marlin Lavanhar on an Evolutionary Understanding of Easter"
          

    Rev. Marlin Lavanhar of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa preached a sermon the Sunday after Easter 2013, in which he offered "an evolutionary understanding of Easter." Beginning with an understanding of how the death of stars (we are made of stardust) makes life possible, he goes on to apply this wisdom to the practical challenges of life and the spiritual challenges of our own mortality. We have embedded this powerful sermon in our own death programs page. (posted May 2013)

  • UU Best Practices webpage for Unitarian congregations
          

    Soon after we launched our itinerant evolutionary ministry in 2002, Connie began taking notes of some of the "best practices" she observed during Sunday services in the Unitarian Universalist congregations we presented guest sermons in. Then she posted them online and has been updating that page ever since. Worship committees and ministers at UU congregations are encouraged to visit that ever-updated page. (posted May 2013)

  • Two photos of Thomas Berry (2007)
          

    Dowd and Barlow visited Thomas Berry in April 2007 and took several photos of the 3 of us together. Connie just discovered that she could crop two photos into superb portraits of just Thomas (two years before his death). We've added the hi-res versions of these photos to the webpage we have devoted to photos, videos, and audios of Thomas. (posted May 2013)

  • "Ecology Is the New Theology"
          

    Dowd and Barlow cover article in the Spring 2013 issue of SpiritEarth magazine is a one-page manifesto of how the teachings of Thomas Berry are ever more urgent.
    (posted April 2013)

  • AUDIO: John Haught: Between Natural and Supernatural?"
          

    Episode 8 of Michael Dowd's Evolving Faith Podcast is a 43-minute interview with Catholic theologian and author John Haught. Here Dowd and Haught probe where they agree and disagree on their own preferences for "evolutionary Christianity." Haught describes his enthusiasm for a "third way" — neither naturalism nor supernaturalism — grounded in the work of Paul Tillich. (posted April 2013)

  • AUDIO: Jonah Sachs, "Winning the Story Wars"
          

    Episode 16 of Dowd and Barlow's Inspiring Naturalism Podcast is a 46-minute interview with story entrepreneur and author Jonah Sachs. The topic is his 2012 book, Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell (and Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future. Jonah weds the meaningful story-making patterns identified by Joseph Campbell with his own speciality in digital animation. The result is, what Jonah calls, "the Digitoral Era." (posted March 2013)

  • VIDEO: "Ecology Is the New Theology" - sermon by Michael Dowd
          

    February 10, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michael preached a guest sermon, now in video in edited form. 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 and the title of one of Michael's blogs in the Huffington Post. (posted February 2013)

  • VIDEO: "Climate Change and Extreme Weather" (Prof. Jennifer Francis, 2013)
          

    Now that Connie and Michael have become vocal advocates for systemic responses to climate change, they have been donating their services where possible. Since Connie loves to make videos, she excerpted/edited a fine educational video (but far too long, at 112 minutes) of a top climatologist, Jennifer Francis, presenting at the 2013 "Weather and Climate Summit". Note: Prof. Francis told Connie that she was grateful for this 40-minute version. (posted February 2013)

  • "We Are All Cousins" children's curriculum online now
          

    After six years of testing and revising in actual classrooms, Connie Barlow has now made her evolutionary journey curriculum freely available for quick and easy download. She was forced to make major revisions in 2013, owing to new fossil discoveries and dating. This gave her a chance to update the digital downloads and instructions to make it easier for teachers to use. Highly recommended for 3 to 5 day programs in evolution-celebrating church summer camps.(posted February 2013)

  • "My Universe Story" children's curriculum report
          

    Marge Gonzalez, religious educator at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Myers, has been using Connie's free downloadable "My Universe Story" curriculum for this school year. The photo at left is one child's creation during a crafts project recommended for Bead No. 2 - "Galaxies Form". Alas, owing to a lack of funding, Connie has finished only half of the 30-week curriculum. Marge will, thus, be creating her own stories and crafts for the remaining 15 weeks. (posted February 2013)

  • "An Ever Evolving Life View" (news article on Dowd's talk in Pennsylvania)
          

    Perhaps the most substantively rich and accurate news article on Michael's newest material is now available online. Ad Craber, a journalist with the local paper in Lancaster PA, did the story on Michael's invited lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster PA in late January. (posted February 2013)

  • Michael Dowd: "Theologian in Residence" Methodist Sermon
          

    Michael Dowd served as "Theologian in Residence" for First United Methodist Church of Boulder (Colorado) for the month of January. He gave many presentations in the area (including at Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado). His sermon at the Methodist church can be listened to online: "God Is Back! (Prophets Too): Evidence As Modern-Day Scripture". There is also an online audio for a similar sermon he delivered in January at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver. Both sermons included a call-to-action re climate change. Pictured at left, Dowd is standing before a global warming exhibit at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. (posted January 2013)

  • Climate Change: new webpage of best online links and videos
          

    Connie Barlow continues to update TheGreatStory.org's new Climate Change Resources page. In addition to climate-specific blogs, news reports, and indexes, our page embeds more than a dozen climate-change videos. Videos are the most user-friendly, emotionally evocative, and thus most successful way to help others "wake up" to the profound intergenerational injustice that will ensue if the USA continues to ignore the need to evolve our ways of obtaining and using energy sources. (posted January 2013)

  • 30-minute VIDEO of Michael's new sermon,"God Rebukes Religious Right: Repent or Face Hell and High Water"
          

    Rev. Michael Dowd delivered an entirely new sermon on January 6 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. Note: An online version is also available in audio. See the 2-minute excerpt, "Michael Dowd challenges baby boomers to leave a great legacy re climate change and death," now on Youtube. (posted January 2013)

  • 21-minute VIDEO performance of "Startull: The Story of an Average Yellow Star"
          

    Connie Barlow leads an impromptu performance of a parable she wrote to celebrate the creation of chemical elements inside stars. You will see that she recruits 3 audience volunteers to play the roles of: Startull, Elder Yellow Star, and Big Blue Star. She, herself, serves as narrator. Performance recorded Sept 2012 in Missoula, MT. (posted December 2012)

  • NEW FAMILY RESOURCE: "Elemental Birthdays"
          

    Jon and Heather Cleland-Host are two of the most imaginative and prolific creators of ways to bring inspiring "cosmic education" and scientifically accurate rituals celebrating the epic of evolution for families. After years of testing out birthday materials on their own 4 boys, these two scientists have made available for online purchase their "Elemental Birthdays" Guide (thus far, for birthday years 1 through 11). Each birthday year is named for the chemical element (atomic number; number of protons in the nucleus) that corresponds to that year. For example, kids turning 6 get to celebrate their Carbon Birthday. Those turning 8 celebrate their Oxygen Birthday. What playful, and life-long meaningful birthday parties! (posted December 2012)

  • 49-minute VIDEO by Barlow & Dowd: "Climate Change and Intergenerational Evil"
          

    This video was created to be the single best quickie overview of the problem (and solutions) to climate change / global-warming. In 2012 the speed and magnitude of human-caused climate disturbance became undeniable, making this the fundamental moral issue of our time. This 49-minute program includes video excerpts from talks by the world's most respected climate scientist, NASA's Dr. James Hansen, and by two powerful advocates for systemic change: Bill McKibben and David Roberts. (posted December 2012; also posted on Michael's Huffington Post blog.)

  • BLOGPOST (on HuffPo): "Failing Our Youth: A Call to Religious Liberals"
          

    Excerpt: "Here lies an extraordinary opportunity for theologically progressive institutions to do what the fundamentalist churches cannot. Liberal churches can offer the youngers an evolutionary worldview that delights children in their wonder years, offers immensely practical insights and guidance for those going through puberty (by teaching them about "mismatched instincts" and "supernormal stimuli"), and empowers teens to ponder the meaning of life — and their life — as they edge toward adulthood." AUDIO format also available. See also Harold Wood's "Evolution Sunday" 2013 sermon, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Visalia, which quotes extensively from this essay and from Cathy Russell's superb Epic of Evolution website. (posted December 2012)

  • NEW PODCAST EPISODE: "Evidential Wisdom"
          

    For Episode 37 of "America's Evolutionary Evangelists" podcast series, Michael Dowd is interviewed for Blog Talk Radio by Richard Brendan. Topics of this 50-minute program include: the evolutionary value of religions, how all religions necessarily are evolving, the "evidential wisdom" of science (science as humanity's "global collective intelligence"), science as "public revelation," and the distinction between "practical truth" (carried forward by all long-standing religions) and "factual truth" (the unique contribution of science). (posted December 2012)

  • NEW DVD: "Evolutionize Your Life" 2-disk set   (published November 2012)
          

    Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow explore how an understanding of our brain's evolutionary heritage can help us thrive despite "mismatched instincts" tempted by "supernormal stimuli". Watch 5-minute previews of each of the 6 sections:

  • "Inspiring Naturalism" (Michael Dowd)
  • "Physical Instincts" (Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd)
  • "Internet Gaming Addiction" (Shane Dowd)
  • "Your Brain's Creation Story" (Connie Barlow)
  • "Evolution and Infidelity" (Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd)
  • "Modern Women with Stone-Age Instincts" (Connie Barlow)
  • CALENDAR: Earth Story 2013 calendar
          

    Peter Adair follows up his acclaimed 2012 "Earth Story Calendar" with a 2013 version. This one is titled "The Great Journey" and you can sample online to preview the entire calendar, or go directly for purchasing. Here is a sample of the luscious narrative that weaves through the months:
       "Beginning thirteen billion years ago, ushered by transparent fields of beneficence, immense clouds of hydrogen collect and condense along seams of the fabric of the universe, forming the hundreds of billions of galaxies that paint the heavens. The fields of beneficence comprise the songlines of the universe."
        (posted November 2012)

  • TIMELINE UPDATES: Chronozoom and Stone-Age Institute examples added
          

    The two newest timelines added to our hotlinked list of 16 different evolutionary timelines are among the most scientifically sophisticated and digitally accessible. We highly recommend you explore both the Chronozoom Timeline and the 100-events Stone-Age Institute Timeline. (posted November 2012)

  • BLOG: by Dowd and Barlow on Metanexus site
          

    The most recent blog Barlow and Dowd posted on the Metanexus site points to very helpful scientific resources on understanding emergence. Prior posts include Big History Educational Resources, several posts on death and other topics. Access the index to all their Metanexus posts. (posted November 2012)

  • AUDIO: "Evolution: The Next Generation"
          

    Connie Barlow delivered this sermon at Cadboro Bay United Church, Victoria BC. (posted October 2012)

  • REVISED SCRIPT: "Startull: The Story of an Average Yellow Star"
          

    After half a dozen years testing out the original script for this evolutionary parable (on audiences throughout the USA), author Connie Barlow has made substantial improvements, including more audience participation. Both adults and upper elementary children can perform this story (with no advance preparation or rehearsal!) about the creation of chemical elements inside dying stars. (posted August 2012)

  • PHOTO-ESSAY: The Epic of Evolution Joins Big History
          

    Connie Barlow, Michael Dowd, and many other long-time collaborators in the Epic of Evolution movement (including Cathy Russell and Jon Cleland-Host in the photo at left) participated in the inaugural conference of the newly formed International Big History Association. Click on the link above to peruse this colorful photo-essay/collage. (posted August 2012)

  • AUDIO: "The Evidential Reformation: Humanity Growing Up"
          

    Michael Dowd delivered this sermon at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY. (posted July 2012)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd at TEDx 2012
          

    "Why We Struggle Now" is the title of Dowd's 18-minute TEDx Talk, performed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2012. Superbly filmed! The best short introduction to Michael's take on the practical importance of an evolutionary worldview. (posted June 2012)

  • EVOLUTION: This View of Life (website)
          

    Tagline of this superb multi-media website is "Anything and everything from an evolutionary perspective." Among the expert editors supervising the growth of this website full of evolutionary resources is biologist David Sloan Wilson, author of Evolution for Everyone. (posted June 2012)

  • Developmental Psychologist ALISON GOPNIK on Inspiring Naturalism Audio Podcast
          

    Barlow and Dowd converse with Alison Gopnik about her research toward understanding how young children acquire their picture of the world — especially the ways in which they seem to develop, test, and amend hypotheses not unlike the methods of scientists. What sparked the interviewers' interest, however, was a widely read essay she published in a January 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal, titled "What's Wrong with the Teenage Mind". There she offers both an evolutionary understanding of why making the transition from childhood to adulthood is so prolonged and problematic today — and what can be done to improve the situation. (posted May 2012)

  • VIDEO: "Thomas Berry Recites 9 Poems"
          

    48-minute video now on YouTube of Thomas Berry (1914-2009) reciting nine of his poems to an enthusiastic audience. This was one of the last videos filmed of Thomas in public performance. Videography by Lou Niznik. See also one poem as excerpted, "Thomas Berry recites his 'Earth's Desire' poem." (posted April 2012)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd at Skeptics Society (CalTech): "Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis"
          

    "We're fortunate to have Michael Dowd on our side (the 'our' being humanity)," says Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, who introduces Dowd as part of Skeptic's Distinguished Lecture series at CalTech. This is an unabridged video of Dowd's bridge-building religious naturalism program, as presented in 2009. (posted April 2012)

  • VIDEO: "Ancestor's Tale for Kids"
          

    90-minute video on YouTube of Connie Barlow presenting a highly interactive children's program that journeys back through time (based on Richard Dawkins' 2004 biology book, Ancestor's Tale: Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution.) Connie is thrilled to finally have a video of her presenting this program, as this video should empower teachers, parents, and religious educators to conduct this program themselves. Make sure you click on "more info" so that the text fully scrolls open beneath the video window; you will see an annotated Table of Contents with hotlinked time codes for instant access to different parts of the video. Slides, scripts, and a leader's manual are all freely downloadable for this program.(posted April 2012)

  • "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity" AUDIOCOURSE - leaders package now for sale
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    38 hour-long conversations with leading Christian scholars and ministers who fully embrace a deep-time, evolutionary understanding of the world. Hosted by Michael Dowd, this teleseries aired Christmas 2010 and is now available for purchase and digital download (mp3 audios and pdf transcripts, plus study guides) by church discussion-group leaders and college teachers. (posted March 2012)

  • DOWD begins to BLOG at Huffington Post and Metanexus
         

    Michael Dowd began blogging for the Huffington Post and Metanexus in March 2012. He continues to host the Evolutionary Christianity blog he initiated in November 2010. Click on images left to sample his blogs. (posted March 2012)

  • VIDEO: "Your Brain's Creation Story"
          

    54-minute video of a presentation on the practical insights of evolutionary brain science, which Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd delivered at Seabeck Conference Center (Puget Sound, Washington) in August 2009. Make sure you click on "more info" so that the text fully scrolls open beneath the video window. You will see an annotated Table of Contents with hotlinked time codes for instant access to different parts of the video, just like the chapters in a dvd. (posted February 2012)

  • Neuroscientist TERRY DEACON on Inspiring Naturalism Audio Podcast
          

    Barlow and Dowd posted a 64-minute audio interview of evolutionary biologist / neuroscientist Terrence Deacon. The topic is his 2011 book, Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter. Terry is chair of the anthropology department at U.C. Berkeley. His previous book, published in 1997 book, is The Symbolic Species Note: You can access the full archive of the Inspiring Naturalism audio series. (posted February 2012)

  • "2012: The Triumph of Multi-Level Selection"
          

    Michael Dowd posted an essay that previews three forthcoming books (by Jonathan Haidt, Edward O. Wilson, and Christopher Boehm) that together might turn the tide from a restricted focus in biological and cultural evolution on the gene and the individual organism to a broader understanding that natural selection occurs at higher levels, too. This is especially true for the emergence of internally cooperative human social groups at far greater scales than kin selection and reciprocal altruism have ever been able to account for. As well, this paradigm shift would recast religion as a key adaptation for bonding humans at these greater scales. (posted February 2012)

  • VIDEO: Michael Dowd sermon at All Souls Unitarian (Tulsa): "Re-Imagining Religion"
          

    Michael Dowd spoke from the pulpit on a Sunday morning in August 2011 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His sermon was part of their summer series: Re-imagining Religion. Michael's sermon title: "Reality Is My God, and Integrity Is My Religion." (posted January 2012)

  • NEW SACRED SITE OF THE EPIC OF EVOLUTION
          

    Connie Barlow posted a richly illustrated photo-essay of her 7-week participation in the life of "Sallie Pond" — an ephemeral forest pool in northeastern Alabama in which a local population of Spotted Salamanders lays eggs. Learn why a Spotted Salamander Pond is a superb place to experience in one's imagination two key transitional times in the Epic of Evolution. Note: You can access the full archive of all Sacred Sites of the Epic of Evolution. (posted January 2012)

  • AUDIO: Michael Dowd interviewed by Terry Patten: "Big Integrity"
          

    Michael Dowd was interviewed by Terry Patten in Terry's "Beyond Awakening Teleseries." Michael's topic was "Big Integrity: Deep-Time Eyes and a Global Heart." Audio length = 62 minutes. Note: You can access the full list of free audios by Michael Dowd (and Connie Barlow). (posted December 2011)

  • NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Peter Mayer - "One More Circle"
          

    Peter Mayer's classic end-of-year ballad, "One More Circle," has been made into a captioned and richly illustrated music video for contemplation or sing-along, using Connie Barlow's nature photos from travels throughout North America. You can also access all four music video collaborations between Peter Mayer and Connie Barlow. (4:30 min, posted December 2011)

  • AUDIO: Michael Dowd sermon at Unity Center of Davis, California
          

    Michael Dowd presented the Sunday morning service at Unity Center of Davis on 28 August 2011. His theme, "Thank God for Evolution," centered on distinguishing sanity v. insanity and maturity v. immaturity in the world today, especially given the widespread "idolatry of the written word" demonstrated by many religious institutions. Audio length = 45 minutes (posted November 2011)

  • BOOK: The Ghosts of Evolution freely available online
          

    Connie Barlow's 2001 book is now freely available online. It is a classic in evolutionary ecology and an entertaining example of using "deep-time eyes" to help us see the magic of reality in our kitchens and lurking nearby some of our favorite street trees (honey locust and ginkgo). Connie posted a playful 5-minute video introduction to this book on her YouTube channel. Also, a short text article (in PDF) on its practical implications: "Garden of Eden on Your Dinner Plate?". (285 pages, posted October 2011)

  • Primack and Abrams TEDx Talk VIDEO on Youtube
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    The hosts of this TheGreatStory educational website (Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd) visited our friends and colleagues in Santa Cruz this past week: Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams — co-authors of the books The View from the Center of the Universe and The New Universe and the Human Future. There we learned of a superb new 18-munute video of their work: "Changing The World Through A Shared Cosmology". (18 minutes, posted October 2011)

  • The Magic of Reality - an inside look at Richard Dawkins' first children's book
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    Barlow and Dowd created a VIDEO posted on Youtube that celebrates the 2011 book by Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality (22 minutes, posted October 2011)

  • Ventura County Star reports on Dowd talk at California Lutheran University
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    The news report is titled, "Evolution doesn't have to clash with Christianity, author tells CLU crowd." An interview with Dowd prior to the event can be accessed online: "Bestselling author to give free lecture at CLU". (posted October 2011)

  • 2011 Darwin Day presentation by Dowd posted as VIDEO on Youtube
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    Michael Dowd's dynamic illustrated talk for the interfaith celebration of Darwin Day in Omaha, Nebraska, February 2011, and hosted by Countryside UCC Church. Evolutionary topics include the importance of a Big History perspective in which we forthrightly see our evolved human nature as challenging us with mismatched instincts, especially in modern environments full of "supernormal stimuli" temptations. Death as "natural and generative at every level of reality " means it is to be honored, not feared." (68 minutes, posted September 2011)

  • "Primack and Abrams: View from the Center of the Universe" AUDIO
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    Episode 10 of the "Inspiring Naturalism Podcast Series" features astrophysicist Joel Primack and cultural historian Nancy Ellen Abrams in conversation with Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd. Images and metaphors for helping us understand and feel a sense of belonging with the entire cosmos are topcs of discussion, drawn from their 2006 book, View from the Center of the Universe, and their 2009 Terry Lectures at Yale University, now available as an illustrated book, The New Universe and the Human Future. (70-minute audio, posted September 2011)

  • "Death, Budgets, and Generational Justice" by Connie Barlow - VIDEO or AUDIO
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    In August 2011, Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd gave twinned theme talks at two events in the American West: "Evolutionize Your Life" (by Michael) and "Evolutionize Your Death and Legacy" (by Connie). Inspired by the audience response and poignant storytelling that ensued, Connie wrote a call-to-action in essay form, urging her boomer generation to transform the debilitating and financially untenable death-denial that pervades American culture — largely because of literalist Christianity that interprets death as "the enemy." More on a naturalized understanding of the role death plays in the universe can be accessed via our webpage "Death Through Deep-Time Eyes". (posted August 2011)

  • Durango Herald newspaper reports on Dowd presentation at Unitarian Church
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    Michael Dowd promoted an evidential, evolutionary understanding of reality and faith at the local Unitarian Universalist Church in Durango. The news report concludes with Dowd saying, "Sending our teenagers out into the world without an understanding of mismatched instincts surrounded by supernormal stimuli is like sending out teenagers 20,000 years ago and not telling them anything about sabertooth cats." (posted August 2011)

  • "Jennifer Morgan: Born with a Bang" AUDIO
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    Episode 9 of the "Inspiring Naturalism Podcast Series" features children's book author Jennifer Morgan in conversation with Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd. Key topics include how creativity emerges from chaos, and how individuals and cultures can derive gratitude and hope from our common creation story. (54-minute audio, posted August 2011)

  • "The Return of Universal History" (text by David Christian)
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    Big Historian David Christian published a provocative paper in 2010 that called for the return of "universal history." He calls for history to, once again, have "a powerful impact on public thinking about the past because it will begin to play a role similar to that of traditional creation stories: it will aspire to create a map of the past as a whole. That map that will allow individuals and communities throughout the world to see themselves as part of the evolving story of an entire Universe, just as they once mapped themselves on to the cosmologies of different religious traditions, from the dreamtime stories of indigenous Australians to the Ptolemaic maps of medieval Christianity." (posted August 2011)

  • 2011 Sermon Audio by Michael Dowd
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    Michael Dowd delivered one of his most prophetic sermons on Darwin Day at Countryside UCC Church in Omaha Nebraska on Feb 13, 2011. Title: "Getting Real About God, Guidance, and Good News". (posted July 2011)

  • Tribute to Paul S. Martin, Pleistocene Ecologist 1928 - 2010
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    Paul Martin was a major mentor to Connie Barlow. He wrote the foreword to her 2011 Ghosts of Evolution book, and coauthored with her the first advocacy piece for assisted migration. Here Connie posts an hour-long AUDIO interview she recorded of Paul in 1999, plus a 6-minute video she just produced from a recording of him she made in 1997, with images overlaid. (posted July 2011)

  • "Pilgrimage to the Mammoth Site, South Dakota"
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    Connie Barlow posted a new destination for this website's Sacred Sites of the Epic of Evolution inventory. She made the pilgrimage in 1999 to the stupendous fossil site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, called "The Mammoth Site." But here she posts reflections, photos, audio, and links to inspire others to make such a pilgrimage. (posted July 2011)

  • SERMON TEMPLATE: "Evolutionary Spirituality" by Mary Hitch
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    Mary Hitch delivered a sermon titled "Evolutionary Spirituality" at her Unitarian Universalist congregation in Comal County Texas in July 2011. She did a great job of using some of the evolutionary brain science material in Michael Dowd's book, Thank God for Evolution, so we have posted her sermon template on this website and encourage others to download and adapt it for their own purposes. (posted July 2011)

  • AUDIO: "Modern Women with Stone-Age Instincts"
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    Connie Barlow was interviewed by Claire Zammit for the online series Women on the Edge of Evolution. The topic: Why evolution served our ancestors, why it challenges us now, and how to step toward a brighter future. (posted May 2011)

  • "EVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE!" Dowd and Barlow's preview audio for their first ONLINE COURSE
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    Announcing Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow's first ONLINE COURSE, developed in collaboration with professionals pioneering a new approach for transformative e-learning. "Evolutionize Your Life!" draws on Dowd and Barlow's approach for translating the discoveries of evolutionary brain science and evolutionary psychology into practical tools for improving lives and relationships. "EVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE": The science of how to decode human behavior, eliminate self-judgment, and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity. Preview teleseminar May 18 (downloadable later, as well); course begins in June. (posted May 2011)

  • Epic of Evolution SONG for singing grace at meals
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    Connie Barlow discovered this 2003 photograph (left) of a feast they enjoyed, prepared by Epic of Evolution elder PHILEMON STURGES (1929 - 2005). So she added the photo full size to illustrate the page used to share the lyrics (and audio) of the "grace" song Philemon wrote, and which they love to sing at meals. (posted May 2011)

  • 18-minute TED Talk Video on "Big History"
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    Backed by stunning illustrations, Prof. David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. Also, check out the "Big History Project" website being developed (with funding from Bill Gates) to make timelines and course syllabuses freely available to high school teachers throughout the world. (posted April 2011)

  • 2-hour classic AUDIO of Miriam MacGillis, in her "Fate of the Earth" 1986 presentation
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    Finally, available for complementary listening or download is the classic audio, which in cassette tape format 2 decades ago, awakened so many people who are now leaders in the Epic of Evolution movement. (posted December 2010)

  • Half-hour DOCUMENTARY (PBS) of DOWD now on You-Tube
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    This 27-minute documentary, produced by New Hampshire's public television station, first aired in December 2010. The camera crew filmed Michael Dowd, "America's evolutionary evangelist," at one of seven presentations he made during November 2010 at UCC and Congregational churches in New Hampshire. (posted December 2010)

  • FREE AUDIO / TELE-COURSE Dec-Jan: "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity: Conversations at the Leading Edge of Faith"
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    28 hour-long conversations with leading Christian scholars and ministers who fully embrace a deep-time, evolutionary understanding of this world are broadcasting each evening till Christmas in the month of December. Hosted by Michael Dowd, the free series (with all audios posted online for later listening or downloads) is a lively, insightful, and sometimes poignant opportunity to listen in on some amazing dialogues. (posted December 2010)

  • NEW ONLINE VIDEO: "Evolutionize Your Life"
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    The 1:15 hr program Michael Dowd has been delivering as his introductory talk to a diversity of secular and religious audiences during 2010 is now available for free online viewing. Note: If your internet speed is slow, it may take a while for this page to upload, so be patient. If your internet speed is exceedingly slow, you will need to access a faster server. (posted September 2010)

  • NEW VIDEOS on science of STARDUST
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    Scientifically accurate and inspiring videos available on YouTube have been embedded on this classic page of The Great Story website. Also updated is the companion Stardust Background webpage that contains a wealth of accessible information and charts to understand the process of stellar nucleosynthesis and how the mass of a star profoundly affects its brightness and lifespan. (posted September 2010)

  • RAP POEMS to accompany two Evolutionary Parables: "Seaweed Rap" and "Snortlefish Rap"
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    While creating a full-year curriculum for elementary age kids ("My Universe Story"), Connie Barlow wrote 2 rap poems for use alongside 2 beloved evolutionary parables: "The Lucky Little Seaweed" and "Ozzie and the Snortlefish." (posted October 2010)

  • 2 NEW SCRIPTs FOR 30 or 45 MINUTE PERFORMANCES for CELEBRATING THE DEEP-TIME STORY OF NORTH AMERICA
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    Connie Barlow has produced a 30-minute script, and Jon and Heather Cleland-Host have produced a 45-minute script, that tells the 65 million year story of the North American continent. Performers include elementary-age children, plus older teens or adults. Costuming and props are important, but little rehearsal is required because the only words spoken are by 2 narrators, who get to use scripts. Because the theme is "death and rebirth" the play is ideal for the Easter/Spring season. (posted October 2010)

  • Articles Published in the Epic of Evolution Journal
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    In preparing the online resources for an audiocourse that Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow will offer in 2011, Connie stumbled upon a vital hubpage (already on our own website!) for classic essays in the 1990s phase of the Epic of Evolution movement. You can access here 14 such essays in PDF by Connie Barlow, Ursula Goodenough, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Ruth Rosenhek, John Seen, Bill Bruel, Larry Edwards, Jennifer Morgan, plus intra-group forums. (posted August 2010)

  • "Pluto's Identity Crisis" Parable is now available in script format for full classroom use in elementary schools
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    Connie Barlow has just rewritten this script for easy and fun use in elementary school classrooms. In this new kids' version, in addition to the 4 main characters, now 8 other children get to volunteer in the moment to read 1-3 sentence scripts when they each come on-stage to briefly assume the role of one of our Solar Systems' planets. (posted August 2010)

  • "Biblical Christianity Is Bankrupt" - online essay/blog by Michael Dowd
        In early August 2010, Michael Dowd delivered a new sermon title at several large, liberal Christian churches in Oklahoma City. His title, "Thank God for the New Atheists!" Although his message was well received in liberal Christian settings, media attention led to conservative Christian responses that were highly critical. In response to such a posting by Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dowd wrote this essay specific to the "biblical Christianity" that Mohler uses as his base. (posted August 2010)

  • "The Great Story in Kosovo" - 21-minute Vimeo video
        "The Great Story in Kosovo", which was created onsite in 2010 by resident James Nicholls, is a remarkable 21-minute example of how this story encircles the globe — and can delight children everywhere. Note several remarkable sequences where a book of evolution is paired with the Koran, so that children can see they can honor both. Here, the children learn that they are made of stardust, and go on a physical journey that carries them through the countryside around Kosovo, as the 13 billion year epic of their ancestry is laid out proportionally over the miles. (posted July 2010)

  • "Imprinting Is Not Indoctrination" (Connie Barlow's boldest statement yet!)
        Connie subtitled this 9-page essay, "An invitation to parents and religious educators to present a coherent cosmology to our children." Composed as a critique of Dale McGowan's invited lecture at the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists nationwide (in June), Connie calls for a reassessment of the way kids in religiously liberal families and institutions are taught "religious literacy". Our postmodern celebration of diversity and advocacy of free choice actually means we deny our children a basic human requirement: "a coherent cosmology (creation story / worldview) through which to enjoy and securely navigate the years of childhood wonder, learning, and innocence." (posted July 2010)

  • Preview of Full-Year Universe Story Beads Curriculum for Kids (for classroom use) 3rd-4th grade
        Finally, Connie Barlow is working on a FULL-YEAR children's curriculum, to bring the 13.7 billion year story of everyone and everything into the classroom of liberal religious institutions or private schools. She posted the first 3 lesson plans in draft form to solicit feedback for shaping this new project. A total of 28 events are put into story and craft, one per week, with a bead selected to signify each. Final class project: a full loop of Universe Story beads. (posted July 2010)

  • "AUDIO of Jon Cleland-Host providing guidance for FAMILIES"
        Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd posted on their "Inspiring Naturalism" Podcast Series a 2-part interview/conversation with curriculum innovator Jon Cleland-Host. Podcast 4a, "Inspiring Naturalism for Families" is full of practical suggestions for bringing the Universe Story into family holidays and other celebrations. Podcast 4b, "It's All Really There!" is a stunningly inspiring and emotionally resonant reflection by Jon on how the Universe Story gives him meaning and purpose, and why he and his wife are determined to make this living force available to their 3 young sons. (posted July 2010)

  • "The New Atheists As God's Prophets" (new, 2010 sermon by Michael Dowd)
        In June, 2010, People's Church (Unitarian Universalist) in Ludington MI invited Rev. Dowd into the pulpit to preach, for the first time, a controversial new sermon titled, "The New Atheists As God's Prophets." This sermon is based on material Dowd first posted in podcast form in September 2009, immediately after having been diagnosed with cancer. (posted June 2010)

  • New Videos of Loyal Rue, Nancy Ellen Abrams, and Neil deGrasse Tyson
        Connie Barlow has posted on her YouTubeChannel ("ghostsofevolution") 3 short video clips taken from the public domain, which she edited and embellished with graphics. Most recent is a 6-minute clip of Loyal Rue, presenting the essence of his book, Religion Is Not About God. A second video (3 minute) is a clip of a presentation at Yale by Nancy Ellen Abrams, coauthor of View from the Center of the Universe. Third is an amazing 8-minute clip of a widely heralded extemporaneous presentation by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, which Michael Dowd regularly uses in his own public presentations. (posted June 2010)

  • Memorial Weekend 2010: Michael's BEST SERMON ever!
        May 30, Michael was called the night before to substitute for his colleague, Rev. Ian Lawton, executive minister at the large and progressive church in Spring Lake, Michigan: C3 Exchange. Michael rose to the occasion and extemporaneously delivered "Deep-Time Remembering, Deep-Time Blessing". You can access this free audio via our podcast series at the link above. (posted June 2010)

  • Our Even Newer Podcast Series: "EVOLVING FAITH"
        In this podcast series Michael Dowd interviews/dialogues with clergy, theologians, religious educators, and other leaders in evolving faith to not only accommodate but to celebrate the evidential understanding of ourselves and our universe, as given by modern science. The first interview posted is with theologian and Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong. (posted May 2010)

  • Our New Podcast Series: "INSPIRING NATURALISM"
        We launched our first podcast series, "America's Evolutionary Evangelists" in September 2009, to give us an opportunity to offer ideas and experiences from our own work. Now we have launched an entirely new series, "Inspiring Naturalism," in which we interview/dialogue with scientists, educators, and other leaders in this emerging movement toward science-based (hence, natural) worldviews and wonders. The first interview posted is with evolutionist Prof. David Sloan Wilson. (posted May 2010)

  • QUESTIONS for group discussion of Dowd's and Barlow's chapters in the 2009 book, The Whole World Kin: Darwin and the Spirit of Liberal Religion
        You can read online Dowd's chapter in its entirety: "A Story Big Enough to Hold Us All", and download in PDF 6 questions for group discussion. You can read or download Connie's chapter in its entirety: "We Are Stardust: The Epic of Evolution in Children's Religious Education", and download in PDF 6 questions for group discussion. (posted May 2010)

  • List of our FAVORITE PODCASTS
        On our own podcast page ("America's Evolutionary Evangelists"), we have added a list of the podcasts that we (Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd) regularly listen to. (posted April 2010)

  • "The Scientific Basis of Compassion" (AUDIO)
        February 27 Michael and Connie hit the road again, after 6 months of cancer treatment for Michael and healing in the Seattle area. February 28 Michael gave the Sunday morning lesson at the Unity Church of Portland (posted March 2010)

  • STAGE DIRECTIONS FOR PARABLE: "Startull: The Story of an Average Yellow Star"
        Tory Sonstroem, Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, California, has posted on this site the stage directions that her congregation used in performing this short evolutionary parable at an intergenerational worship service in February 2010. The script itself can be downloaded via the main parables page on this website. (posted March 2010)

  • NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "Ghosts of Evolution"
        Connie Barlow has posted a 5-minute music video on YouTube that she created to playfully summarize the science concepts in her 2001 book, The Ghosts of Evolution. Richly illustrated and ideal for kids, too! (posted February 2010)

  • Rev. Dowd Begins Bold, Prophetic Outreach to Christians
        Michael Dowd discusses how and why the Bible has become perhaps the Church's greatest liability: Atheists Promote Bible Reading?! He goes on to suggest that the future of faith lies in moving from mythic (unnatural) to measurable (undeniable) views of "divine revelation": The Salvation of Religion: From Beliefs to Knowledge. (posted February 2010)

  • VIDEO (in 4 parts) "Stardust and Death" by Connie Barlow
        Connie Barlow has posted the Stardust component of her "Death Through Deep-Time Eyes" program, from film captured at her July 2009 presentation on this topic at the Unitarian Center of Ashland, OR, and with lots of added illustrations. (posted January 2010)

  • ESSAY BY MICHAEL DOWD: "Evolutionary Spirituality: Coming Home to Reality"
        In preparation for his live online interview for the "Awakening the Impulse to Evolve" series, Dowd produced this essay and posted it on his blog. It is available here in PDF. You can also listen to the 1:15 hr interview of Michael, by Craig Hamilton, on these concepts by signing onto the "Awakening to the Impulse to Evolve" on the website EvolutionarySpirituality.com (posted January 2010)

  • VIDEO clips of Connie's "Death Through Deep-Time Eyes"
        Connie Barlow has posted two 10-minute segments on YouTube of her evolutionary program on death, from film captured at her July 2009 presentation on this topic at the Unitarian Center of Ashland, OR. (posted January 2010)

  • MUSIC VIDEO on our Stardust Ancestry
        Connie Barlow wrote a chant-song, "In the Beginning," to tell the story of stardust and our deep connection with the night sky at the world's first evolutionary revival (held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, February 2008). She has now produced slideshow and/or movie forms available for free online viewing or download. (posted December 2009)

  • CONNIE BARLOW POSTS VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
        Connie Barlow has posted 10 videos thus far under her new YouTube name "ghostsofevolution". Among them, music videos of her photographs set to evolutionary songs by Peter Mayer and by Keith Mesecher, plus YouTube video remixes of segments of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Michael Dowd, and Nancy Ellen Abrams (posted December 2009)

  • GREAT STORY BEADS
        When we launched our website in April 2002, "Great Story Beads" was one of our first pages. It has remained one of our most visited pages. Representing the 13.7 billion years of cosmic history in beads is a fun and meaningful activity for both kids and adults. Because so many people have sent us photos of their loops of beads and also children's curricula based on this project, Connie had to do a major webpage revision to make this topic attractive and navigable. (posted November 2009)

  • Michael Dowd's contribution is the PREVIEW CHAPTER in new book celebrating evolution
        Skinner House Books has published, The Whole World Kin: Darwin and the Spirit of Liberal Religion, edited by Fredric John Muir. Michael Dowd's contributed chapter, "A Story Big Enough To Hold Us All," was selected as the preview chapter and is thus available in its entirety for free online viewing. (posted November 2009)

  • LISTEN ONLINE to Connie Barlow read her new CHILDREN'S BOOK on DEATH
        The 12th podcast of "America's Evolutionary Evangelists" has author Connie Barlow reading aloud her children's book on death, titled Tree Talks About Death. (posted November 2009)

  • "RIVER OF LIFE" and other NEW CHILDREN's CURRICULA celebrating evolution
        Finally, Connie Barlow has converted her most successful children's program into downloadable scripts, digital slides, and instructions so that any parent or teacher in schools or religious education can bring the 3.8 billion journey of life to youngsters in fun and meaningful ways. She has also updated the children's curricula webpage, which now contains 8 distinct titles for free download and use. (posted November 2009)

  • The Symphony of Science Phenomenon
        Musician and video-artist John Boswell has topped the chart with two YouTube music videos that use auto-tune software to manipulate the voices of Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson into song. In its first month of posting, Boswell's first music video contribution in his Symphony of Science series topped the YouTube charts: "Number 1 Top-Rate Video of all time. Connie and Michael have celebrated this cultural phenomenon in their Oct 22 podcast, titled "Symphony of Science, and in two blogposts: "New Music Video Celebrates Science — and Tops the Charts" and "Sacred Science Music Videos". Boswell's new webpage is SymphonyofScience.com. (posted October 2009)

  •     A new issue is posted online with links to a selection of Michael Dowd's blogs, "America's Evolutionary Evangelists Weekly Podcast", a new children's book by Connie Barlow, and more. (posted October 2009)

  • MUSIC VIDEOS for Contemporary Church Services
        Wow! Connie has posted a new webpage with high quality downloadable music videos that she regularly uses in her church and other programs. Her photographs, plus the musical compositions of Peter Mayer and of Keith Mesecher, captioned with lyrics to facilitate sing-along, are ideal ways for liberal churches to bring ecological-evoutionary themes into their services in visually rich and rousing ways. (posted October 2009)

  • YouTube Remix of CARL SAGAN "Cosmos"
        Normally, we don't use this webpage for posting links to other websites, but this 4 minute YouTube video of Carl Sagan (from Cosmos) is a gem. Click to be inspired by this deft Remix that tweaks Carl's own narration such that he sings his way through moving elements of his profound television series. (posted September 2009)

  • "PODCAST: America's Evolutionary Evangelists on the Road"
        Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd have begun half-hour WEEKLY audio podcasts for online listening or free subscription download. (posted August 2009)

  • Epic of Evolution Pilgrimage to "The Great Unconformity"
        Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd contribute a photo-essay of their July raft trip down the Grand Canyon with the National Center for Science Education. One highlight of the trip was spanning 1.2 billion years of geological time between one's own hands at "The Great Unconformity." Surely, the Grand Canyon as a whole, and this site in particular is a "sacred site of the Epic of Evolution." (posted August 2009)

  • "Gratitude: An Evolutionary Perspective": new sermon by Michael Dowd
        In August 2009, Michael Dowd delivered this sermon at the Unity Church of Bellevue, WA. Click link above for free listening. (posted August 2009)

  • "Your Brain's Creation Story": new sermon by Connie Barlow
        In August 2009, Connie Barlow delivered this sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, WA. Click link above for free listening. (posted August 2009)

  • Dowd interviewed on Fox & Friends nationwide television
        Michael used his insights and perspective from his recent raft trip down the Grand Canyon to deliver a stunning and well received performance on live television interview. Fox News hosts called his perspective "overdue." (posted July 2009)

  • b>"Evolutionary Transformations: Audio of New Sermon by Michael Dowd
        On 19 July 2009, Rev. Dowd shared with Mountainside Center for Religious Living (Placerville, CA) bold new understandings derived from his recent 300 mile raft trip through the Grand Canyon. (Photo left of Dowd in side canyon waterfall.) (posted July 2009)

  • Watch Online: Michael Dowd at Agape Center
        On 17 June 2009, Rev. Dowd shared his cosmic gospel message at the Wednesday evening service of Michael Beckwith's Agape Spiritual Center in Culver City, CA. Three cameras captured this 35-minute dynamic talk. The full video is now available free online. When you get to the page, click the play arrow. (posted July 2009)

  • Sex Scandals and Instincts: Evolutionary Insights
        Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow have repeatedly weighed in with blogposts on how an evolutionary worldview can lend insight for not only understanding the current epidemic of sex scandels that are felling politicians right and left but also for suggesting practical advise for a less calamitous future. The link above contains a hotlinked list of all of these blogs from our evolutionary brain science webpage. You can also go directly to the latest political sex scandal blog, triggered by the confessions of Governor Sanford (South Carolina) and U.S. Senator Ensign (Nevada). (posted July 2009)

  • Texas Wesleyan University: Faculty Praise Dowd's "University Day" Keynote Address
        The provost of Texas Wesleyan, along with 3 faculty members, praises Michael Dowd's contribution as keynote speaker at their annual University Day events. (posted July 2009)

  • Music Video of a Revered Ancestor: Tiktaalik
        Within the Paleozoic portion of the TIMELINE on our website, we have embedded a new music video from YouTube that is a fun way to celebrate the recent discovery of one of our very own ancient ancestors — a "transitional fossil" between fish and land-based amphibian ("tetrapod"). Also visit the photo- and video-rich official Tiktaalik website. (posted June 2009)

  • New, professional drafting of EVOLUTION'S ARROW chart
        Josh Dodge donated this professional rendering of a hand-drawn chart Michael Dowd had long been using in his programs to speak of the trajectory of evolution in producing greater and greater top-level complexity through time. (posted June 2009)

  • An hour-long audio conversation with Connie Barlow
        On 7 June 2009, Jeff Carreira and Elizabeth Debold of EnlightenNext talked with Connie Barlow about, what Ken Wilber calls, "The Third Face of God" — that is, the creativity at work in the Universe at all nested levels. This interview is part of the EnlightenNext weekly webcast, available by online subscription. (posted June 2009)

  • "Tree Talks About Death": a Children's Book
        Connie Barlow has written her first children's book. It is intended to provide children with a comforting "cosmic container" that will safely hold them and their grief when death (of a pet, a grandparent, a friend) comes their way. It conveys for children much of the content that she is accustomed to presenting to adults — that death is natural and plays a creative role at every level of reality (see Connie's webpage on death). The children's story is published on this website in draft form for comments. Connie is thinking about self-publishing it for sale at hers and Michael's ongoing public presentations. (posted June 2009)

  • New Middle School Curriculum based on The Lion King
        Connie Barlow has written a new curriculum for religious education of kids making the transition from childhood to early adolescence. It can be FREELY DOWNLOADED from this website. It is based on the mythic Disney movie The Lion King and a 2008 book by Bill Plotkin on a mythic approach to life and life's transitions: Nature and the Human Soul. (posted May 2009)

  • "The Good News of Evolution": NEWS STORY: May 2009
        Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd were interviewed for a full-page, pictorial news story in the Ludington Daily News, Ludington Michigan. (posted May 2009)

  • AUDIO LINKS TO SUPERB SERMONS BY OTHERS
        Connie Barlow offers a webpage of links to the audios and podcasts of ministers (mostly in her own faith tradition, Unitarian Universalism) who deliver intellectually top-notch and soul-serving sermons. (posted April 2009)

  • 6-MINUTE AUDIO of Dowd reading his new PREFACE   
        The softcover, Penguin/Plume edition of Thank God for Evolution was issued April 2009. Listen to Michael reading the short, new preface to this edition. (posted April 2009)

  • Michael Dowd at United Nations Values Caucus
        Photographs of this event in New York City. Michael presented an illustrated talk: "Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis" (posted April 2009)

  • Epic of Evolution Pilgrimage to the First Skeletal Dinosaur Discovery (New Jersey)
        Connie Barlow contributed a photo-essay of a pilgrimage to this New Jersey sacred site of the Epic of Evolution. (posted April 2009)

  • Epic of Evolution Pilgrimage to Arkansas River
        Connie Barlow contributed a photo-essay of four days along the Arkansas River near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Find out why she declares, "This riverine area has become a sacred site of the Epic of Evolution for me because of the juxtaposition of two species of life — one living, and the other extinct. (posted March 2009)

  • Evolution Week 2009 in TEXAS
        Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow had a packed scheduled around Evolution Week in Texas. Connie created a photo-essay of their Texas events and travels. (posted February 23, 2009)

  • Michael Dowd on ABC National News
        Michael Dowd was interviewed at the ABC News affiliate in Austin Texas for a program that aired nationally. (posted February 23, 2009)

  • Online Videos of Michael Dowd at Marquette University
        Michael Dowd was plenary speaker for 3 hours at the October 2008 "And God Said It Was Good" conference, held at Marquette University, a jesuit college in Milwaukee WI. The conference sessions are now available for online video viewing. (posted February 23, 2009)

  • New SERMON AUDIO: "The Gospel According to Science"
        Sermon by Michael Dowd at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston Texas, of 22 February 2009. (posted February 23, 2009)

  • Thank God for Evolution now available in AUDIO (audible.com)
        Michael Dowd's book, Thank God for Evolution is now available for download onto your computer or I-Pod for audio listening. The author reads his own words, so it is particularly moving. (posted February 17, 2009)

  • EVOLUTIONARY TIMES E-ZINE 2nd issue on Darwin's 200th birthday
        The second issue of the e-zine was published on the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. A free online publication supporting a sacred understanding of mainstream science. (posted 12 February 2009)

  • PILGRIMAGE TO NASA's APOLLO FLIGHT CENTER
        On February 6, Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow made a pilgrimage to a Sacred Site of the Epic of Evolution. Johnson Space Center in Houston is where Earth first directed the launch of a piece of itself, off of itself, in order to see itself in its entirety, through the eyes of the human: the Apollo missions. (posted February 11, 2009)

  • PILGRIMAGE TO CHARLES DARWIN'S HOME in England
        Connie has done a number of things to commemorate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday on February 12. The compilation of "26 Evolution Projects and Proposals" immediately below is one. So was the February 8 "Evolution Sunday" sermon Connie delivered at Thoreau Unitarian Universalist church near Houston TX. Finally, the day before his birthday, Connie posted this photo-essay of her 1994 pilgrimage to one of the premier sacred sites of the epic of evolution: Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, and where he wrote On the Origin of Species. (posted February 11, 2009)

  • 26 EVOLUTION PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS IN 2009
        2009 is Evolution Year, thanks to its being Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, On the Origin of Species. Connie Barlow, Michael Dowd, and colleagues have posted a pdf that outlines all 26 projects and proposals they are engaged in that would promote a sacred and practical understanding of evolution in many different venues. (posted February 2009)

  • WORSHIP MATERIALS FOR EVOLUTION SUNDAY
        Jon Cleland-Host, a scientist and lay leader of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland MI, has developed a list of worship resources with evolution as the theme that can help a minister or worship leader flesh out an order of service for any evolution-theme service, notably what has come to be known as "Evolution Sunday" to commemorate Darwin's birth each year on February 12. (posted February 2009)

  • AUDIO OF ASTRONAUT's CHURCH SERMON CELEBRATING EVOLUTION
        Loren Acton flew on a 1985 NASA mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger. After reading Michael Dowd's book, Thank God for Evolution, Acton contacted Michael to let him know that the book inspired him to preach this sermon in his Methodist church in Montana. We then posted the sermon audio on this website. (posted February 2009)

  • THE EPIC OF EVOLUTION IN CHILDREN'S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
        Draft of an 8,000 word chapter by Connie Barlow, contributed to a forthcoming book edited by Unitarian Universalist minister Fred Muir. The book is titled, Sleeping with the Fishes: Charles Darwin and the Spirit of Liberal Religion, and it will be published (by Skinner House Books) just in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin in November 2009. This chapter is Connie's summary of her work and philosophy in bringing the Epic of Evolution into religious education for children. (posted February 2009)

  • EVOLUTIONARY, ECOLOGICAL, AND ECUMENICAL ARTS and MEDIA for contemporary worship
        A short proposal written by Connie Barlow to stimulate the funding and creation of a website to foster musician and videographer collaborations to produce a new form of music video to assist contemplation and sing-along at worship services of liberal churches, on the themes of evolution and ecology, from an interfaith perspective. This project was stimulated by ongoing music video creation by Connie, who is doing her own video work toward an 8-song DVD, in collaboration with singer-songwriter Peter Mayer. (posted January 2009)

  • NEW CD OF SONGS FOR EVOLUTIONARY REVIVALS AND PRAISE WORSHIP
        Singer-songwriter Keith Mesecher, with his band "The Cosmic All Stars," are now selling online a CD of the 5 participatory songs they led at the world's first evolutionary revival February 2008. The title song of this CD is "Thank God for Evolution." The CD is not only for evolutionary spirituality and liberal religious church events, but also just for listening, dancing, and aerobic exercise. (posted December 2008)

  • "CRETACEOUS INTERIOR SEAWAY": NEW SACRED SITE
        In September 2007 Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow visited 2 sites in central Kansas that are superb places to pilgrimage in honor of the interior seaway that divided North America 80 million years ago and to get a visceral sense of the immense and amazing sea and land creatures of that time in the Mesozoic. (posted December 2008)

  • "The Evolutionary Times": a NEW PERIODIC E-ZINE
        Supported by proceeds from the sale of Michael Dowd's book, Thank God for Evolution, Dowd and his staff are now producing a free, periodic E-Zine. You can sign up for the E-Zine by registering at the "Join the Evolution" block on the homepage of the ThankGodforEvolution.com website. (posted December 2008)

  • 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

  • YouTube Tribute to the Hubble Deep Field
        Moving animation of the Hubble Telescope legacy, and how it shifts our sense of who we are in the Universe. (posted November 2008)

  • CONNIE'S NEW IDEA FOR HEALTH INSURANCE GROUP
        President-elect Barak Obama has set up a website in which anyone can contribute ideas to help his presidency make the change. The site is Change.gov. Connie Barlow has long been making presentations to all age groups on how an evolutionary understanding of death shifts our view of end-of-life issues and helps us accept with gratitude our own mortality. Prompted by Obama's website, she finally put up a webpage on a radical proposal for a new opt-in group health policy that emerged from her evolutionary worldview. (posted November 2008)

  • New THOMAS BERRY DVD now available
        Caroline Webb and colleagues have just made available for online sale a new DVD with 2 short pieces ( 8 and 9 minutes) on and with Thomas Berry. Beautifully illustrated, and with superb narration and music, this is a must-have video for institutions to use for events on the Universe Story, Thomas Berry, and Ecozoic awareness. Price: $18.00 plus shipping. (posted October 2008)

  • EVOLUTIONARY BRAIN BUTTONS AND TEE-SHIRTS FOR SALE ONLINE
        Cafe Press is now selling buttons, hats, tee-shirts, bumper stickers, tote bags, and coffee mugs that bear some of the main images of our work and Michael Dowd's book, Thank God for Evolution. Click the link in this title to browse the items and images. Connie Barlow gives the evolutionary brain buttons (pictured at left) to teens when she does her "Brain's Creation Story" for youth groups. They are a real hit with the young folk! Note: Although we are the store owners for this CafePress products site, we have chosen to use no mark-ups on the products. You will purchase them at cost. (posted September 2008)

  • 3 NEW SERMONS BY CONNIE BARLOW
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    Connie and Michael always deliver sermons extemporaneously, but in August 2008, Connie wanted to produce a kind of manifesto for religious educators in her faith tradition: Unitarian Universalism. So she wrote out a sermon, titled, "Evolution Now: A Manifesto for Our UU Congregations." It is posted here on this website in PDF (and also on the church website, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church of Bethesda, MD, in in PDF). But minutes before she was supposed to read her sermon, she reverted to a comfortable old habit: she walked away from the pulpit and launched into an entirely extemporaneous presentation of it instead. Later, she recorded it in mp3 AUDIO.
        Later in the autumn of 2008, she delivered an entirely new sermon in a church setting, available in audio here titled, "Evolution: Truth, Beauty, and Utility".
        Also available online is a VIDEO of Connie's sermon "Celebrating Evolution, recorded in June 2008 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua, NY. (Click on "Celebrating Evolution" in the left column of choices.) (posted August 2008)

  • NEW SERMON BY MICHAEL DOWD (AUDIO)
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    25 minute audio of "Thank God for Evolution" sermon delivered by Rev. Michael Dowd at First Unitarian of Dallas, 20 July 2008. (posted August 2008)

  • "4 Reasons Why Nothing Is More Important Than What We Think About Evolution
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    This blogpost by Michael Dowd is now available in PDF on this website. (posted August 2008)

  • Michael Dowd and Thank God for Evolution on CNN
        Michael Dowd is interviewed live on CNN in New York City end of June 2008. His book is featured as part of discussion on the evolution v. creation controversy. The clip is now available on You-Tube. (posted July 2008)

  • 2 new SONGS to celebrate OUR BRAIN'S CREATION STORY
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    For two years, Connie has been presenting in churches and schools a program called "Your Brain's Creation Story." She uses playful ways to teach about our evolved Quadrune Brain. Now she has posted two versions of songs she uses in these programs. (posted July 2008)

  • Astrophysicist Preaches Evolution on You-Tube
        Normally, we don't use this webpage for posting links to other websites, but this 9 minute YouTube video of Neil deGrasse Tyson is a gem. Click to be inspired by his personal story of how how he became a scientist and his peak spiritual experiences in doing science. (posted June 2008)

  • NEWS REPORTS on Michael Dowd's Thank God for Evolution
        19 June 2008 Viking/Penguin released the new hardcover edition of Dowd's Thank God for Evolution. The book website provides links to the news articles about it, including New York Times Magazine and Washington Post. August 2008 the book becomes available as an AUDIOBOOK. (posted June 2008)

  • New York Times Magazine article on Michael Dowd as evolutionary evangelist
        The 15 June 2008 New York Times Magazine includes an article titled "Darwinists for Jesus" that brings to national attention the ministry of Michael Dowd in Christian churches. The article also launches his new book, Thank God for Evolution, prominently into the science/religion debate at the highest level. (posted June 2008)

  • Free, downloadable STUDY GUIDE
        A STUDY GUIDE for the new book by Michael Dowd Thank God for Evolution! and its companion DVD by that same title is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD. There are two distinct versions: one for MIXED RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR GROUPS and another for CHRISTIAN groups. (posted March 2008)

  • New DVD: "Thank God for Evolution!"
        The companion dvd to Michael Dowd's acclaimed book, Thank God for Evolution! is now available for purchase online. This 2-disk set was filmed in audience settings and then richly supplemented with illustrations during the editing process. (posted March 2008)

  • EVOLUTIONARY REVIVAL! in San Diego
        The world's first evolutionary revival attracted 150 enthusiastic participants to First Unitarian Church of San Diego. Initiated and organized by Keith Mesecher, Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd also played key roles in the celebratory event. (posted February 2008)

  • SONG: "In the Beginning"
        At the world's first evolutionary revival (above), Connie Barlow decided to sing rather than lecture on the science of stardust, as her introduction to performance of the dramatic script of the parable Startull: The Story of An Average Yellow Star". She wrote this chant-song the day before the event, projected the lyrics on the screen, and then sang it in the dark as the dramatic prelude to the parable performance. (posted February 2008)

  • LITANY: "It Matters What We Think About Evolution!"
        Michael Dowd has written a call-and-response LITANY that he now uses in his sermons and talks, based on his new book Thank God for Evolution! (posted January 2008)

  • "Zoey 101, Brain Science 101"
       

    On a guest blog, Connie Barlow writes about how evolutionary brain science can help us gain compassion for the foibles of ordinary human beings turned celebrities — and how this new science can help us avoid the same pitfalls in our lives and in the lives of our intimates. (posted January 2008)

  • 2 More Stories of Awakening
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    People say amazing things! After our presentations on practical and sacred ways of taking mainstream evolutionary science into one's life and spirituality, people tell us profound stories of how these understandings have enhanced their own lives. The lastest two anecdotes (related to evolutionary brain science, stories #4 and #5) have just been posted on our main "Stories of Awakening" webpage. (posted January 2008)

  • "Jesus Loves Darwin" Clothing
       

    The website for Michael Dowd's new book, Thank God for Evolution!, now includes an opportunity for enthusiasts to purchase online caps, tee-shirts, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers with either of two logos: (1) the Jesus fish kissing the Darwin fish, or (2) the Christian fish symbol superimposed on a golden fossil fish. (posted October 2007)

  • Stardust Curriculum for Kids
       

    Connie Barlow has posted an 80-page pdf on this website from which you can print (for free) any or all of the components of a 12-session curriculum for religious educators, private school teachers, and homeschooling parents to use with their elementary-age students. This curriculum is based on 5 years of Connie's experience, bringing the wonders of cosmic science to kids in a variety of settings. It takes a long time to download this PDF, so be patient! (posted September 2007)

  • "ThankGodforEvolution.com"
        Michael Dowd's November 2007 book now has a splendid companion website, including a dynamic video book trailer and links to news articles that have since appeared about his book or our "evolutionary evangelism." You can also click on audio and video presentations by Michael on this theme and keep up on his thoughts and travels via Michael's new blog. The book has been endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and many other scientific and cultural leaders. (posted September 2007)

  • Fabulous Radio Interview with Michael Dowd
        An August 2007 radio interview of Michael Dowd on Interfaith Radio can be freely listened to at the link above. (posted September 2007)

  • THOMAS BERRY audio & video
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    A community of folk, including Caroline Webb, has posted a terrific new website that highlights in audio, video, and slideshows the profound influence Thomas Berry has had on the movement to regard life and humanity within a reverential cosmic context. (posted September 2007)

  • "NEW LOGO": Jesus fish & Darwin fish kissing
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    Graphic artist Kevin Pease volunteered to donate his services in applying to the 2 sides and the back of our van this graphic that appears in Michael's forthcoming book, with the new website for that book beneath it: www.ThankGodForEvolution.com. (posted June 2007)

  • "MENAGERIE OF THE MIND": a new evolutionary parable
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    This new evolutionary parable by Connie Barlow is a playful introduction for adults and teens to the facets of our evolved "Quadrune Brain", which we like to call our Lizard Legacy, our Furry L'il Mammal, our Monkey Mind, and our Higher Porpoise. Scripts for 6 actors. This brings our total number of evolutionary parables to 16, 8 of which are scripted for dramatic readings/acting. (posted April 2007)

  • Sheet Music for 2 EVOLUTION SONGS
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    Palm Sunday 2007, Connie presented the guest sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, NC. Their minister of music, Dan Smith, had selected for the choir to sing two evolution songs from our website. He created lovely arrangements for them, and now the sheet music is available in pdf for anyone to use. One song is "I Love to Tell the Story", lyrics by Evelyn Pease Tyner, traditional melody. The other is "Praise Birth and Death Amid the Stars", lyrics by Connie Barlow, traditional melody. (posted April 2007)

  • "PETER MAYER SINGS The Great Story": CD
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    Singer-songwriter Peter Mayer collaborated with us to produce a retrospective of 13 of his songs that celebrate the Epic of Evolution. His two most famous songs in this collection are "Blue Boat Home" and "Holy Now". You can listen to samples and purchase the CD through by clicking on the title above.

    "I was in tears when I first heard "Blue Boat Home." A year later, I wept again, on Earth Day Sunday, as I walked up the aisle of a church while 500 congregants sang Peter's words of praise to our beloved planet." — Connie Barlow

    (posted March 2007)

  • Unitarian Universalist AUDIO SERMONS
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    Here you can access the webpages for on-stream or downloadable audio listening of some of the best sermons by Unitarian Universalist ministers. (posted March 2007)

  • PLUTO PARABLE is revised!
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    In August 2006, the world's astronomers collectively decided to demote Pluto from the status of being a planet to that of a "dwarf planet". Thanks to a suggestion by Bella Downey, the parable is now revised to have the up-to-date science. Its new title: "Pluto's Identity Crisis." (posted March 2007)

  • "Of Black Holes and Hol-i-ness
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    Paula Hirshboeck, author of "The Buddha Bowl parable", has written a second Great Story Parable. This one explores the science of black holes inn the context of psychological understanding of darkness and the divine feminine. (posted February 2007)

  • "River of Life" (40 element) Great Story Beads
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    Connie has updated one of our most popular pages/activities, "Great Story Beads", to suggest a new version of the beads that celebrates the 40 events in "The River of Life" experience. (posted January 2007)

  • "EPIC OF EVOLUTION WIKIPEDIA entry
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    Cathy Russell in Boulder CO has taken the initiative to post a terrific first set of linked pages for an "Epic of Evolution" entry on the Wikipedia. Join in the creative process of making this a fabulous introduction to this movement and its ideas. (posted November 2006)

  • New Stardust Ritual that incorporates THE BUDDHA BOWL parable
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    Beth Fitzgerald has created and facilitated a new form of meditative ritual that celebrates our connection to ancestral stars that created the chemical elements in our bodies. She has made a number of excellent adaptations, including using "The Buddha Bowl" parable as central. (posted November 2006)

  • Fabulous quotations from the book View from the Center of the Universe

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    Joel Primack and Nancy Abram's 2006 book is chock full of ideas that, as Connie Barlow enthuses, "can take our Universe Story from 2-D to 3-D". Here Connie has aggregated onto a single webpage her 45 favorite quotations drawn from this book. (posted October 2006)

  • Ancestors Meditation
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    Created by Jon Cleland-Host as a meditational reading for an autumn Samhain ritual, this script images a journey back through time to visit significant forms and life conditions of our ancestors, and then continues back to our atomic ancestral origins in the chemical cauldrons of stars. (posted October 2006)

  • 6 SERMONS available ON-LINE (free)
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    Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow have posted on this website 6 of their sermons for free, on-line downloading (in MP3). (posted September 2006)

  • Evolutionary Life e-newsletter
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    Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow are collaborators and sponsors of the Co-Intelligence Institute's new bi-monthly free e-newsletter, Evolutionary Life. Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute is the editor and webmaster for it. (posted September 2006)

  • "The Gospel According to Evolution": SERMON by Michael Dowd
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    Listen on-line or download a half-hour sermon delivered by Michael Dowd at the Unity Church of Christianity, Houston TX. Titled, "The Gospel According to Evolution", this sermon/lesson was delivered in the spring of 2006 and is available in MP3 AUDIO. (posted September 2006)

  • DANCE for "Spirit of Life" Song
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    "Spirit of Life" is perhaps the most loved and sung piece in the Unitarian Universalist hymnal. Penny Wollan-Kriel of Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Springfield IL has created a simple and easy-to-learn dance for kids and adults. You can access a 4-minute VIDEO of the dance and instructions, by Penny herself. (posted August 2006)

  • "The River of Life SONG"
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    Connie Barlow has created a playful song for adults and kids designed to teach in a celebratory way the same wondrous story as conveyed in The River of Life Ritual, which is based on Richard Dawkins' 2004 book, Ancestors' Tale. It can be used at the end of the ritual, or taught in sequence for a kids curriculum based on this same story. You can access both the 25 verse song and an audio sample to listen to the simple melody as sung. (posted August 2006)

  • Vol 3 of Born With a Bang Kids books now available
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    In September 2006, "Mammals Who Morph" becomes available. This is the third and final volume in the award-winning kid's book series by Jennifer Morgan and Dana Lynne Andersen. You can access the author's website by clicking above, or go to any bookseller to purchase the new title. (posted August 2006)

  • Joint Sermon by Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow
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    Listen to the audio of the sermon, "Cosmos, Mysticism, and Reverence for Life" that Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow delivered at the First Unitarian Society of Denver on July 30, 2006. (posted August 2006)

  • Stardust Chapter: Kids' Book of Awesome Stuff
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    Here, for the first time, you can view and download Chapter 1 of Charlene Brotman's 6-chapter, acclaimed children's book. This first chapter ("Awesome Stuff #1") is titled, "We're Made of Star Stuff!" (posted July 2006)

  • Stories of Awakening
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    The most moving way to glimpse the kinds of awakenings that happen when people are deeply moved by a sacred telling of the 14-billion-year evolutionary cosmos is by way of anecdotes. Sample this richly illustrated compendium of vignettes gleaned from four years on the road evangelizing "The Great Story". (posted July 2006)

  • Report of Great Story Travels for 3rd and 4th Years
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    You can now access a short and richly illustrated report of Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow's prior two years on the road, telling "The Great Story." Included is a tally of the kinds and numbers of institutions that they presented talks at, as well as highlights of other accomplishments. (posted July 2006)

  • New DVD by Michael Dowd: "The Great Story"
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    Michael Dowd has a new 4-hour DVD for general audiences that includes his most popular programs: Evolution's Arrow; Worldviews in Transition; The Next 250 Years — A Hopeful, Inspiring Vision; and Gifts of The Great Story. Filmed in 2005 before live audiences. Digitally enhanced with supplemental charts, photographs, and other illustrations. (posted June 2006)

  • A New Great Story Parable (about Stardust)
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    Connie Barlow has written a new parable, "Startull: The Story of an Average Yellow Star," that celebrates the role that stars play: red giants creating carbon; blue stars for other complex atoms; average yellow stars for burning steadily enough to make life possible. Values include finding one's own gifts, trusting in the ways of the universe, learning that death is natural and important even for stars. The parable is in script form, intended for ADULTS or KIDS to act: 4 characters. (posted June 2006)

  • Curricula for Kids!
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    We have finally created a page that lists links directly to all the programs and curricula on this website designed specifically for kids or teens. We also changed our home page to include a "Stuff for Kids!" link so you can go directly from there. (posted April 2006)

  • "The River of Life": An Evolutionary Experience
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    Connie Barlow has created a second, more kid-friendly version of the original ritual ("Greet the Concestors") that was inspired by Richard Dawkins' 2004 book, Ancestor's Tale. "The River of Life" ritual is best conducted outdoors, and with 20 to 100 participants. (posted April 2006)

  • Illustrations for "COMING HOME TO NORTH AMERICA" Program
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    Four more charts to illustrate the 65-million year history of animal evolution in and immigration to North America during the Cenozoic have been posted on this website. (posted April 2006)

  • "The Wonder of Evolution" (article in UU World)
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    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. (posted February 2006)

  • "Evolution's Gospel" (Sermon by Michael Dowd)
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    You can now listen online to a 30-minute sermon by Rev. Michael Dowd, delivered at the Unity Church of Woodinville, WA in Dec. 2005 (posted January 2006)

  • "Ancestor's Tale: A Ritual Pilgrimage through Time"
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    Connie Barlow has sifted through Richard Dawkins' 2004 book, Ancestor's Tale, to extract a new RITUAL for experiencing the immense journey of life, which she calls "Greeting the Concestors". A concestor is an ancestor that we humans share with another living lineage of life. For example, Concestor #1 lived about 6 million years ago, and is the common ancestor of chimps and humans. Amazingly, only 40 concestors connect us humans with the very origin of life 3.8 billion years ago! (posted November 2005)

  • "Scablands" Sacred Site of the Epic of Evolution
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    In the course of their travels, Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd made a pilgrimage to sites in Montana, Washington, and Oregon that tell the story of catastrophic floods of lava and glacial waters, and in so doing reveal that disastrous events can seed unexpected richness and beauty in the world — and in one's life. (posted October 2005)

  • "Sacred Sites of the Great Story"
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    Photos, descriptions, and pilgrimage suggestions have been added for 4 new sacred sites: Dinosaur Ridge (CO); The Little Colorado River (CO); Darwin's Home (Sussex, England); and The Wall of Diversity (American Museum of Natural History, NYC). You can click on those pages from the main page of Sacred Sites. Read how to contribute a favorite Sacred Site of your own to this website! (posted August 2005)


  • List of Unitarian-Universalist BEST PRACTICES
  • In our 3+ years on the road, we (Connie & Michael) have given Sunday sermons and other talks in more than 150 Unitarian Universalist churches. Along the way Connie has kept track of the Sunday service components that we regard as exemplary, and we have just now posted this illustrated list on this website. (posted July 2005)

         


  • BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY STARS
  •    We are the first culture in the history of humanity
    to be able to celebrate birthdays with particular birthday stars.
    For example Sirius is the birthday star for 8 year olds, because
    Sirius is 8 light-years distant from Earth. This means that when
    an 8-year-old gazes at Sirius, she is seeing how the star looked
    in the year she was born. Vega, at 25 light-years distant, is the
    anniversary star for couples celebrating their 25th year.
    (posted July 2005)

  • "We Gather Together" Grace Song by Philemon Sturges
  • Posted in memory of Philemon Sturges, an elder in the Epic of Evolution movement, who died in May 2005.

  • "Evolutionary Salon"
  • Michael Dowd initiated and served as chief organizer of an amazing gathering of leading evolutionary thinkers and activists, which took place in California (north of San Luis Obispo) May 12-16. For a synopsis and more photos, click here. (posted May 2005)

       


  • "Evolution's Evangelists", in Pan Magazine
  • Paul Harrison of World Pantheism organization captured the essence of our traveling ministry in this dynamic interview. PDF version is available on our website or via http://www.pantheism.net. (posted April 2005)

  • San Francisco Chronicle Interview of Michael Dowd
  • A terrific interview with Michael was published in this influential newspaper on 25 April 2005, and can be read on the newspaper website by clicking above. (posted April 2005)

  • Universe Story Songs
  • We have been building the Songs component of this website for some time, but call your attention to it now. A week ago, Connie and Michael used a familiar song, "I Love To Tell the Story", lyrics rewritten by Evelyn Pease Tyner, during a chapel service they led at a convent in Wisconsin, and two weeks earlier, Connie used her "Praise Birth and Death Amid the Stars" at a conference of Unitarian Universalist ministers in Madison. Newest is "Death Lifted Us", written in honor of long-time Universe Story teacher Jack Heckelman, who has just been admitted to hospice care in his home in Minneapolis. (posted March 2005)

  • High Resolution Photo of THOMAS BERRY
  • During our visit to the home Lou Niznik and Jane Blewett in Maryland (both are long-time friends and colleagues of Thomas Berry), Lou gave us a high-resolution jpg of a photo portrait of Thomas Berry, which we have posted on this website so that now — finally! — anyone can download a high res (212 k) image of Thomas. (posted March 2005)

    low-res; click above for hi-res

  • "The Great Journey" - Ritual
  • Ursula Goodenough edited and reconfigured a ritual script originally written by Connie Barlow. She very successfully used this experiential process in a church setting for more than 100 participants. Here you can access Ursula's version in pdf. (posted February 2005)

  • "4-hr DVD: "Evolutionary Christianity"
  • Selections of the best of Rev. Dowd's high-energy presentations to various Christian audiences in 2004 are now available in high-quality DVD format: digitally filmed, imaginatively edited, and enriched with evocative and educational images and graphics. Available by mail as a 4-hour (2 disk) set for $29 + $4 shipping.
    (posted February 2005)

       

      

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  • Two new examples of GREAT STORY BEADS
  • See photos of two new sets of Great Story beads, and learn about how the creators of each used beads to signify relative time as well as major events. (posted January 2005)

          

  • Audio Clips of THOMAS BERRY reading from The Great Work
  • In 2000 Thomas Berry's book, The Great Work was published, and in 2001 Connie Barlow and John Cock recorded him reading 11 short passages. It is now possible for anyone with a computer and a phone link to experience the beauty of Thomas's own rendering of these inspiring words. (posted January 2005)

          

  • "Evolution's Arrow" DVD for general audiences
  • Michael Dowd's highly acclaimed talk on patterns in evolution that give rise to a realistically hopeful vision of the future was filmed at Unity Church of Dayton, Ohio, in 2004. Sections include "Worldviews in Transition," "Spiral Dynamics and Integral Thinking," and more. Available by mail as a 2-hour disk for $20 + $3 shipping. (posted January 2005)

  • "Swirling Chaos, Dancing Stars: An Intergenerational Service for the New Year"
  • This is a PDF of the text used for a special Sunday service on the stardust theme, written and conducted by Rev. Ruth Gibson, at First Universalist Church of Denver. (posted January 2005)

  • "The Star Within: An Ash Wednesday Service"
  • This is everything you need for duplicating in your church the Ash Wednesday service conducted in 2004 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Congregants are offered an opportunity to pledge to do something for Earth as well as the traditional opportunity to pledge to give something up during Lent. A short version of the Cosmic Creation Story is told, with an emphasis on how we were shaped from stardust. Thus in the ritual itself, congregants have a choice of having either glitter or ash placed upon their foreheads. Created and conducted by Rev. Dr. Paula Lehman and Rev. Sarah Griffith of Plymouth Congregational. Script available on-screen or in PDF. (posted January 2005)

  • "Torreya Guardians"
  • Connie Barlow is now webmaster of a new website, www.TorreyaGuardians.org, which keeps her active in conservation biology, specifically the rewilding of America's most endangered conifer tree, the yew-like Torreya taxifolia. In the December 2004 issue of Wild Earth journal, Connie (with coauthor Paul Martin) are proposing "assisted migration" of this evergreen tree from its "native" range in Florida northward into the Appalachian Mountains. Why? Because, from a "deep time" perspective, they conclude that the tree became stranded in its peak-glacial "pocket refuge" in northern Florida. In a warming world, Torreya now needs human help to make the trip north. (posted December 2004)

  • "Evolutionary Christianity"
  • Michael Dowd is now webmaster of a companion website, www.EvolutionaryChristianity.org. Evolutionary Christianity is an integral vision of Christian faith that honors biblical and traditional understandings, conservative and liberal, while enthusiastically embracing an evolutionary worldview. It sees the entire history of the Universe and emergent complexity of matter, consciousness, culture, and technology in a sacred, God-glorifying way. Sample faith-enriching pages on how an evolutionary understanding strengthens core Christian concepts of God, the Gospel, and others; see his take on "Seven Post-Biblical Revelations"; use the "Resources" page to visit excellent related sites on the web. (posted November 2004)

  • "K - 12 Children's Programs"
  • We have just up-dated the list of programs pertaining to cosmic and life evolution that Connie presents for kids at schools, nature centers, and in liberal religious education settings. In addition to her traditional "We Are Made of Stardust" and "Coming Home to North America" programs, she has added a new program: "Who Loves Rhinoceros Poop?" (posted November 2004)


    Testing honey locust pods (a North American native) on one of the ancient animals they co-evolved with: rhinoceros! Rhinos lived in North America from 55 million to about 5 million years ago, when they mysteriously went extinct here.

  • SHORT VIDEO CLIPS OF OUR PRESENTATIONS -
    Now you can access from our website short video or audio clips of presentations by Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow, presented to Unitarian Universalist, Unity / New Thought, and Christian audiences. (posted October 2004)

  • "In Praise of North America" - by Thomas Berry
  • This inspirational oratory was previously published in EarthLight and EarthSpirit magazines. We have edited it for liturgical use, and suggest it as accompaniment to our North American Ritual. (posted August 2004)

  • "Beads for Telling the 65 Million Year Story of North America"
  • Two years ago we posted on this website directions for and examples of loops of beads for telling the 14 billion year story of Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity. Now we also offer a shorter timeline (with abundant photographs) for those who wish to make a set of beads that tells the Cenozoic story of just the North American continent, beginning with the extinction of the dinosaurs. Represented are the comings and goings mostly of mammals, in this "Age of Mammals", but also some trees, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. A loop of North American beads can be used as a tool for contemplation, as a kinesthetic way to learn the story, and as an easy set of "notes" for telling the story to others without having to rely on a script. (posted July 2004)

    Bears, felid cats, and mastodons immigrate to North America from Asia during the Miocene epoch. Small green spacer beads distinguish the Miocene from other epochs in the Cenozoic Era. The small red beads surrounding the bear and cat beads signify carnivores.

  • "Death as Natural, Generative, and Pervasive in the Cosmos"
  • Here you can view the chart and read the explanation for how 5 centuries of work in geography, geology, paleontology, evolutionary biology, embryology, cell biology, and astronomy / astrophysics have opened our eyes to the importance of death as not only utterly natural (at all scales: from cells to organisms to continents to stars and to galaxies) but also as creative, as generative of new levels of complexity. Connie uses this chart in many of her workshops, and for a Unitarian Universalist sermon she sometimes presents: "Death in the Heavens for Life on Earth." (posted July 2004)

  • "Worldviews in Transition"
  • A major part of Michael Dowd's public presentations is the teaching of how worldviews have shifted through time, from a Medieval worldview in the west to the now-dominant "Mechanistic" worldview. Underway, however, is a shift from a mechanistic understanding of Earth and Cosmos to one of "Nested Creativity," in which creativity is seen as present and pervasive at all scales of the cosmos, from subatomic to galactic. God is no longer regarded merely as an otherworldly, transcendent "divine watchmaker" but is now also fully present and personal as the creative impulse that pervades all. (posted July 2004)

  • "We Are Made of Stardust!" Teaching Tools for Kids Programs
  • Connie has finally gotten around to putting up on this website the 10 components of the Stardust Story she uses with kids; written in a form so that anyone can teach the story (posted May 2004).


    Connie created this New Periodic Table of Elements to show that hydrogen appeared right after the Big Bang, that helium is created inside our sun, that ancestral Red Giant stars produced most of the atoms of oxygen that we breathe, that ancestral Super Blue Giant stars forged all the calcium in our bones, and that all the heavy metals (like gold) flashed into existence in the instance of supernova explosions. All this was what scientists discovered, beginning in 1957.

  • "Our Second Year of Telling the Great Story On the Road"
  • A fun, informative, and fabulously illustrated report of people, experiences, and ideas, while on the road, telling The Great Story of 14 billion years of cosmic creativity (posted April 2004).

  • "Let There Be Sight! A Celebration of Convergent Evolution"
  • Mainstream science shows that the epic of evolution is more soundly interpreted as producing forms, functions, and innovations that are in many ways inevitable, thus countering Stephen Jay Gould's contention that the pageant of life is bereft of meaningful patterns. 18 pages of background science (PDF), rich in examples, written by Connie Barlow in June 2003 (revised version posted March 2004).

  • "Seven Post-Biblical Revelations"
  • A 2-page flier in PDF, written by Michael Dowd in September 2003 (revised version posted April 2004). Outlines 7 fundamental truths about the nature of reality destined to impact science, religion, and the humanities. For people of all faiths and philosophical backgrounds.

  • "Coming Home to North America"
  • Four versions (3 for adults, one for kids) of Connie's scripts for learning the 65 million year story of the North American continent in fun, participatory, and reverential ways. Connie developed the first version for her own use in presentations on the road in the summer of 2002. In March 2004 she posted a "how-to" page that allows anyone in North America to select a version right for any size of group in any situation, and to facilitate its unfolding with participant volunteers.

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  • "Evolutionary Parables: Scripts for Performing"
  • In 2003, Connie converted 4 of the dozen multi-author parables on our website into PDF-downloadable scripts, thus enabling anyone to facilitate parables performances in groups large and small. Consistently, audiences tell us that this is a favorite part of our Great Story presentations, wherever we go.

    Left: "Pluto, the Adopted Planet." Right: "Ozzie & the Snortlefish"

  • "Programs by Michael and Connie on their Great Story Tour"
  • Constantly updated and revised, click here for now-illustrated lists of presentation topics, categorized for educational institutions, various faith traditions, and others.

  • "Annotated Timeline of Cosmic Evolution"
  • A 23-page document in PDF, which makes our 14 billion year timeline easily downloadable. This is our most accessible version, especially for use in assembling Great Story Beads. You can still access the longer, html version too.

  • "Photos"
  • In addition to finding a host of photographs of people, events, and places taken on tour in our travel reports, we have added a number of pictures of us (some high-res) to our own photos page, suitable for publicity use by organizations who host our events.

  • "Itinerary of Upcoming Events"
  • Constantly updated, here is the best way to see when we will be speaking in your neck of the woods (or prairie, or desert). We also have archived our list of past events.

  • "Charts, Maps, Graphics"
  • You will notice by browsing around on this website that a great many pages are now supported by graphics. As well, we have a new section that enables anyone to view and download the charts, maps, and other graphics that we use in our presentations.




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