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                                        GUEST:    

                        Reverend MICHAEL DOWD

    

                 Americas Evolutionary Evangelist

          

                  Author" Thank God for Evolution"

                       www.thankgodforevolution.com

                                      www.thegreatstory.org

                              greatstoryteller@bigplanet.com

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The program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the you tube link below:

   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Z3pqdRJSA - Rev. MICHAEL DOWD

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 More about: Reverend MICHAEL DOWD  

The Reverend Michael Dowd is one of the most inspiring speakers in America today. For the past five years he and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have lived permanently on the road sharing a sacred view of evolution with religious and secular audiences of all ages, as America’s evolutionary evangelists. At home in both conservative and liberal settings, and uniquely gifted at building bridges between religious and nonreligious people, Michael is passionate about sharing the 14-billion-year epic of evolution in ways that uplift and expand heart, mind, and soul.


The Making of an Evolutionary Evangelist

Michael graduated summa cum laude from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri (affiliated with the Assemblies of God), where he received a B.A. in biblical studies and philosophy. He also graduated with honors from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (affiliated with the American Baptist Church), where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. Rev. Dowd served as a congregational minister for nine years, pastoring churches in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Michigan. His 1991 book, EarthSpirit: A Handbook for Nurturing an Ecological Christianity (Twenty-Third Publications) was one of the first attempts to look appreciatively at biblical Christianity from the perspective of a modern cosmology.

In 1995 Rev. Dowd began working with Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Unitarian Universalist, and New Thought leaders across America on social and environmental issues that were coming up for a vote in Congress, as Religious Organizer for the Washington D.C.--based National Environmental Trust. From 1997 to 2000 he headed the first government-funded program designed to produce large-scale voluntary citizen behavior change along stewardship lines in the United States: The Portland Sustainable Lifestyle Campaign, in Portland, Oregon. In 2000 and 2001 he served as Campaign Manager of Global Action Plan's EcoTeam and Livable Neighborhood Programs in Rockland County, New York. Both programs helped neighbors build trust and a greater sense of community by supporting each other in living more Creation care, stewardship-based lifestyles and developing healthier, friendlier, safer neighborhoods.

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

Michael and Connie are co-creators of the leading educational and community building website in the sacred evolution movement: www.TheGreatStory.org

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An Educational Website
for Learning and Celebrating
The Great Story of Cosmic Evolution

 

   "Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd are gifted troubadours who celebrate the new evolutionary epic. As they travel endless freeway miles and speak to the full spectrum of humanity, their passionate presentations are igniting a new and exciting synthesis of science and faith."

Brian Swimme, Professor of Cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies

Click for
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WEBSITE
REPORT OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PRAISE FOR OUR WORK
PUBLICITY PHOTOS
ITINERARY

 


 

   Praise for Michael's 2007 book from NOBEL LAUREATES      full list of endorsements

  • "The universe took 13.7 billion years to produce this amazing book. I heartily recommend it." — JOHN MATHER, NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST, 2006 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS

     

  • "The science vs. religion debate is over! Michael Dowd masterfully unites rationality and spirituality in a world view that celebrates the mysteries of existence and inspires each human being to achieve a higher purpose in life. A must read for all, including scientists." — CRAIG MELLO, 2006 Nobel PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE

     

  • "Dowd has given us a bridge across one of the major chasms of our times: religion and evolution. His passion for both science and religion is contagious. Reading his book, one can see that the discourse itself has just evolved to a whole new level!" — REV. MARLIN LAVAHNAR, SENIOR MINISTER, ALL SOULS UNITARIAN CHURCH, TULSA

     

  • "If anyone can persuade a monotheist that the science of evolution — biological, geological, or cosmological — can enrich his or her faith, I'm betting on Michael Dowd." — THOMAS C. SCHELLING, 2005 NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS

     

  • "At last, someone who understands that all of reality is sacred and science is our method of comprehending it." — LEE HARTWELL, 2001 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE

     

  • "Honest students of God should welcome the revelations of science as insights, not fear them as threats. Here is a book in that spirit by an ardent believer, who takes evolution to heart, and celebrates it." — FRANK WILCZEK, 2004 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS

     

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    BRIEF BIOGRAPHY for INTRODUCING MICHAEL DOWD at:
    Unitarian Universalist events
    Christian events
    Unity / New Thought / Religious Science events
    Secular and Other events
     

    THIS WEBSITE was launched in May 2002 to support CONNIE BARLOW and MICHAEL DOWD in scheduling events for their life on the road, teaching in schools and colleges the wonders of cosmic and life evolution, and preaching in churches ways of regarding evolution such that diverse faiths and worldviews are enriched. Learn more about their:

    PROGRAMS      ITINERARY     MISSION STATEMENT

    Since beginning their traveling work as America's evolutionary evangelists, Connie and Michael have broadened the website to become an educational resource and community empowerment tool that meets the needs of diverse groups (and ages) and that showcases the work of many individuals who have innovative and inspiring ways to teach and experience the 14 billion year epic of an evolving cosmos — a genesis story that can unite all peoples and faiths, even as it helps us celebrate our diversity.

    For example, on this website you can find:

  • an inspiring assortment of essays on how a sacred view of an evolving universe enhances the religious experience of Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Unitarians, Quakers, Religious Naturalists, and more.
  • how The Great Story is being introduced in playful and reverential ways (for kids as well as adults) through GREAT STORY PARABLES. (Titles range from "The Lucky Little Seaweed" to "Pluto's Identity Crisis".)

     

  • a TIMELINE of major moments of transformation within The Great Story (we highly recommend reading the entire timeline), and see how others have represented these moments in loops of GREAT STORY BEADS (also known as "Cosmic Rosaries").

     

  • CURRICULA FOR TEACHING CHILDREN the science and values of their 14 billion year old Universe

     

  • CEREMONIES for celebrating the sacredness of cosmic, planetary, biological, and cultural evolution

     

  • Evolutionary parables being performed by volunteers at Great Story events.

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    Please feel free to download, print, and use any and all of these resources, without seeking permission, for all purposes other than publication. (Contact us if you wish to include them in a book or magazine.) And PLEASE do hotlink our site to yours.

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    New Dimensions Radio interview
    with Michael / Connie

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

     

  • Click for Michael Dowd's BIOGRAPHY and publications list.

     

  • Click for Connie Barlow's BIOGRAPHY and publications list.

     

  • Click for PUBLICITY PHOTOS.

     

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    TO PREVIEW OUR PRESENTATIONS, click here on PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS for accessing streaming video clips of us in action. Or purchase DVDs of our full-length programs.

    We deeply appreciate the gift of start-up and hosting of this website offered by Ben Goldstein at End Point Corp., and other services at EndPoint.com.

    Contact us at:   
     

    We gratefully acknowledge the volunteer assistance of Ben Goldstein in helping us create the skeletal links of this website and of Karen Holmgren for providing graphic assistance at the outset.


    WWW www.TheGreatStory.org
     


     


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    The Evolutionary Evangelist

    Michael’s Blog

    • Responding to Mixed Reviews

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      “Michael Dowd illustrates in Thank God for Evolution that there are many ways to be a spiritual person, and that all of them are enriched by an understanding of modern science, especially evolution. This is a creative, provocative book that sheds light on just about any spiritual path one might be on. Many will find their faith revolutionized.” — Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Center for Science Education

    • 4 Reasons Why Nothing Matters More Than What We Think About Evolution

      Earthviews

      1. A shared sacred story that honors both objective truth and subjective meaning: For the first time in human history we have a creation story that not only addresses life’s biggest questions—Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? Why are we here? How are we to live?—but helps us answer those questions in ways that are both religiously inspiring and scientifically accurate. No longer are subjective meaning and objective truth isolated from one another in separate domains. Both are conveyed through the same story.

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    Michael Dowd in the News

    • The Gospel of Evolution

      Staten Island Advance
      August 10, 2008

      By Leslie Palma-Simoncek

      Ever heard of Evolution Theology? Me neither, but the Rev. Michael Dowd, an ordained minister, and his wife, Connie Barlow, a science writer, travel around the country teaching their "Gospel of Evolution." They will be in Manhattan Tuesday at 7 p.m. at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave. at 80th Street. I can't go, but if anyone out there does, please let me know what they said.

    Staten Island Advance - August 10, 2008 Charlottesville Daily Progress - August 8, 2008 Winston-Salem Journal - August 2, 2008 Memphis Commercial-Appeal - July 25, 2008
     
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