Michael Dowd: Pro-Future Evangelist

Michael Dowd | Pro-Future Evangelist

About Rev. Michael Dowd

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

Michael and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer and evolutionary educator (both climate hawks), permanently travel North America promoting the inspiring side of science, religious naturalism, and one-story spirituality. They've addressed more than 2,000 religious and secular audiences since 2002 — from Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical Christian churches, to Unitarians and freethinkers, to secular grade school, high school, and university students, to New Thought, Integral, and Eastern Spirituality groups.

In all settings Michael shares the same bridge-building “Religion 3.0” gospel, which is best summed up in his most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion” and 5-part educational video series, “God in Big History”. His personal credo:

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

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

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

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

Religious, Educational & Professional Background

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

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

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