The New York Times bestselling author of Thank God for Evolution will preach at both services on Earth Day. Rev. Dowd describes how science and religion can be mutually enriching forces, providing a solid moral and ethical foundation for our lives. Ordained as a UCC pastor, he has lived entirely on the road since 2002 with his spouse Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, giving sermons and presentations to hundreds of churches and secular organizations. Rev. Dowd is passionate about sharing the 14-billion-year history of everything and everyone in ways that offer both practical guidance and inspiration.
FREE Program: “Faithful to the Future: Big Picture Inspiration for Chaotic Times”, with Rev. Michael Dowd: April 22, 4pm-5:30pm at Dayspring United Methodist Church
Child care will be provided.
This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s two TEDx talks and material in his bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Grounded in an ecological interpretation of Big History, this program centers on fidelity to the future and how to stay sane, sober, and inspired to act locally and become ever more resilient in chaotic and contracting times.
We each have experienced times of trouble that threaten to overwhelm our individual lives. In such times, a vision of possibility is essential. The same holds for the punctuations in history when whole societies face troubles of an immense and uncharted variety. Truly, we here and now have arrived at such a time. Humans, unwittingly, have become a planetary force. We are changing, irreversibly, the very climate of our world. Henceforth, any actions we take as individuals and societies will be done in the new light of climate change. What vision will carry us forward through such times and inspire us to work together? How shall we frame the need to shed our business-as-usual outlook on life and take on a new vision of possibility that can unite us as a species in joyful self-sacrifice and service? What vision will charge us with a sense of heroic purpose that the future is, indeed, calling us to greatness?
Science and religion are not enemies; indeed, they must work together if humanity is to survive the 21st century. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, humanity is about to experience what could be called The Great Reckoning. The good news is that this will also be The Great Homecoming: the prodigal species coming home to Reality. This presentation will focus on points of agreement held in common by tens of millions of religious and non-religious people across the globe — and how to stay deeply inspired in the face of changing climate and other large-scale challenges.
Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science, pro-future evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. Michael and his science writer / evolutionary educator wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to more than 2,500 groups throughout North America since 2002, Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He has also has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series: “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness.”