A foreboding sense of climate chaos, societal dysfunction, and ecological “doom” is now widespread. Acknowledging our predicament and working through the stages of grief takes one only to the midpoint: acceptance. What lies beyond? Michael Dowd (with occasional co-hosts) invites guests to share their personal journeys along this trajectory and especially the gifts they have found on the other side.
‘Post-doom’ means living, loving, and relating honorably with awareness that…
Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow are itinerant evolutionary educators and deep sustainability / deep adaptation advocates. They have spoken to nearly 3,000 religious and secular groups throughout North America over the past twenty years. These include Roman Catholic, Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Evangelical, New Thought, and Jewish congregations, as well as humanist, skeptic, and freethinker groups. Educational institutions range from grade school (Connie’s evolutionary curricula for kids) to high school and university classes and colloquia. They have also been keynote speakers at summer camps, clergy retreats, and denominational gatherings. Their 2020-2021 itinerary can be found here and a full list of their 2002-2019 speaking engagements can be found here. Together, they serve on the Board of Advisors of the Religious Naturalist Association.
Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian, TEDx speaker, and pro-science evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television throughout the U.S. and Canada. His book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by six Nobel Laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. In 2009, Michael delivered “Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis” at both Caltech and the United Nations, and he has conducted two previous online conversation series: “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness”. His message centers on accountability to the future and how to stay sane, sober, and inspired in increasingly chaotic and challenging times. His two-part (eight 20 min sessions) video discussion course, “ProFuture Faith: The Prodigal Species Comes Home” was published in 2019.
“Less than two years after our climate awakening in 2012, I hosted a conversation series titled The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness. That title would, however, have been impossible for me to use after our encounter early in 2015 with William Catton’s classic 1980 book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change. Since then, my guest sermons and longer programs (the main way I earn a living as an itinerant eco-theologian) have been decidedly more sobering and less human-centered. “Post-doom” for me includes favoring language less anthropocentric than “doom”.”
Connie Barlow is a science writer, evolutionary educator, and professional audio, video, and text editor. Her 2001 book, The Ghosts of Evolution (Basic Books), was Amazon.com‘s top-recommended science book for several months. Her previous books, Green Space, Green Time: The Way of Science (Copernicus Books), Evolution Extended: Biological Debates on the Meaning of Life (MIT Press), and From Gaia to Selfish Genes: Selected Writings in the Life Sciences (MIT Press), all explore the nexus of science, meaning, and inspiration. Now mostly retired from speaking, Connie is a leader in the rapidly emerging field of assisted migration (See her “Climate, Trees, and Legacy” video blog.)
“I have mostly ignored the worsening human plight of climate disruption and ecological overshoot and have focused my climate activism instead on advocating “assisted migration” poleward of native trees, including the “poster species” of climate change in eastern USA, the endangered Florida Torreya tree (I am founder of Torreya Guardians).”