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Date(s) - Sun, Feb 10 2019
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FREE Program: “Pro-Future Faith: Big Picture Inspiration for Chaotic Times, (a.k.a., “Sacred Science, Evolving Religion: Ecology as the Heart of Theology”), with Rev. Michael Dowd: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1:00PM, UUMAN Sanctuary, 11420 Crabapple, Roswell GA 30075

 
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, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientistsnoted skeptics and atheists, 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.

DESCRIPTION: A “deep sustainability” interpretation of Big History is vital for staying sane, sober, and inspired in contracting and confusing times. An evidence-based “sacred realism” can help us accept what is inevitable, avoid what is futile, and be a blessing to friends, family, and community in an uncertain world. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, we are already in the early stages of, what could be called, The Great Reckoning. The good news is that this could also be The Great Homecoming: The prodigal species, after squandering our inheritance, comes home to Reality. This dynamic, multi-media presentation bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.

 

Rev. Michael Dowd is 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, and fellow climate activist wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to some 2,500 groups throughout North America since 2002,

including nearly 500 UU churches. Their work has been featured on the cover of the UU WORLD twice, in 1997 and again in 2006.
Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He has also conducted an acclaimed online conversation series: “The Future Is Calling Us to GreatnessAt the 2016 General Assembly, Michael and Connie were honored as “UU Religious Humanists of the Year”.