Collapse Acceptance Alliance

Zoom discussions

Thursdays @ 5pm PST / 6pm MST / 7pm CST / 8pm EST / 12am (Friday) UTC

We aim to create a safe and supportive space to explore our grief, discuss the full range of benefits of collapse acceptance,  and build community.  We believe in, and have experienced for ourselves, the emotional and relational blessing of these community discussions, as we support each other through our personal and collective challenges. (Facilitated by Val Christensen & Peter Melton)

Interested in joining in this “Post Doom, No Gloom” zoom discussion?

Email ‘why you feel the group may be a good fit for you’ to:


BEGINNING on THURSDAY, APRIL 20th… (Send email to above CAA gmail address)

Skills for “Post Doom, No Gloom” Living 

Five (90-minute) sessions Zoom discussion course with Rev. Michael Dowd
DESCRIPTION: No one needs convincing that we are living in challenging times and an age of breakdowns. Even those without the benefit of a big picture understanding of our predicament feel the stress. So, how do we cope? What skills can help us live life fully and love the life we live even in the most challenging of circumstances? And how can we be of support to others who are confused, angry, depressed, or filled with fear, blame, or guilt?
1.  Accepting the Unacceptable — Trusting Reality
2.  Healthy Relating — Communicating What Matters Most
3.  Embracing Mortality — Celebrating the Circle of Life
4.  Noticing Beauty — Nurturing Awe and Gratitude
5.  Calm and Courageous Love-in-Action — Living with Purpose
Michael suggests that participants can prepare for this course by watching his most pastoral and emotionally supportive video to-date: “Sanity 101: Living Fully in an Age of Decline — Essential Wisdom for Hard Times” (90-min)

Resilience and Acceptance in the Face of Collapse

Nine Week Zoom Course

This free, 9-week online Zoom course guides participants through written, video, podcast, and other material exploring subtopics including The Great Unraveling, deep adaptation, inner and outer resilience, Indigenous Wisdom, and collapse acceptance.

For more information and details, see the Course Syllabus and/or reach out to the course developers about upcoming course offerings.



Michael Dowd’s Main Programs: SLIDES in several formats — Click HERE

Videos for Coping, Adapting, Sharing with Others


These five videos offer tools and perspectives vital for staying sane, grateful, and on-purpose in contracting and increasingly difficult times. The first one: “Sanity 101: Living Fully in an Age of Decline – Essential Wisdom for Hard Times” is foundational, and the most important. If you only watch one video of Michael Dowd’s, make it this one.

Sanity 101: Living Fully in an Age of Decline — Essential Wisdom for Hard Times

A 90-minute crash course (four 20-25 min sections with a break between each) in living with awe, gratitude, and generosity in an age of chaos and breakdowns. Even those with no understanding of the runaway nature of biospheric and civilizational decline feel the stress of these times. So… how do we cope? How do we stay (mostly) positive? And importantly, how can we support others who are confused, angry, depressed, or filled with fear, blame, or guilt? A 30-minute “Cliff Notes” version can be found here.

The Big Picture: What Every Young Person (and Grandparent) Should Know

The first collapse-related post-doom “religious naturalism” presentation that Rev. Dowd has presented in an actual building (not Zoom) in more than two years, this 30-minute sermon (UU Flint) is precisely the kind of supportive message he is especially passionate about these days. A 20-minute Q&A (“talkback”) session after the sermon is on the church video, here: 1:04:40: 

New Serenity Prayer: Emotional Support for Climate Anxiety and Environmental Dread

This 25-minute video was created to help people experience as little suffering as possible, now and in the near-term future, by providing a clear and compelling guide for “accepting what we cannot change, changing the things we can, and having the wisdom to know the difference … living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Beyond Hope and Fear: Clarity, Compassion, Courageous Love-in-Action

This 23-minute Zoom presentation offers an essential “big picture” perspective that can help us move (A) from confusion to clarity, (B) from blame to compassion, and (C) from fear, overwhelm, or despair to meaningful and courageous love-in-action.

Post Gloom: Deeply Adapting to Reality

This is a 70-minute “hope-free” roadmap for staying sane, sober, and inspired in the face of the inevitable (and already underway) collapse of industrial civilization and the hardships already experienced in most parts of the world. This video explores how to “live life fully and love the life you live” even at TEOTWAWKI — i.e., within the context of the collapse of industrial civilization, abrupt climate change, resource depletion, coronavirus pandemic, and other symptoms of ecological overshoot.

Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow

Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling religious naturalistcompost theologian” and TEDx speaker whose work has been celebrated by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science writer, evolutionary educator, and fellow climate activist wife, Connie Barlow, have addressed 3,000 secular and religious groups throughout North America over the past two decades. (Connie is a leading advocate of Assisted Migration of trees poleward in an abrupt climate regime.) Their work has been  featured in major media throughout the U.S. and Canada, including The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and Canadian Broadcast Network. They live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 




1.  A normal feeling of disgust or dread upon realizing that technological progress and economic growth and development are the root of our predicament,  not our way out.

2.  A name for the anxiety and fear called forth when living in a corrupt, dysfunctional civilization causing a mass extinction.

3.  The mid-point between denial and regeneration . . .  with or without us. 





1.  What opens up when we remember who we are and how we got here, accept the inevitable, honor our grief, and prioritize what is  pro-future and soul-nourishing.

2.  A fierce and fearless reverence for life and expansive gratitude — even in the midst of abrupt climate mayhem and the runaway collapse of societal harmony, the health of the biosphere, and business as usual.

3.  Living meaningfully,  compassionately, and courageously no matter what.

A post-doom mindset is a hard-earned and often fluctuating state of being. Classic stages of grief mark a well-worn path. However, mere acceptance of what is unavoidable need not be the endpoint.

What shifts in perception, understanding, relating, and identity become possible when we walk through a post-doom doorway? How do priorities, life-ways, and outer-world involvements shift and clarify on the other side? And how can such changes call forth genuine equanimity, even joy?

What opens up when we share our personal journeys along this trajectory and especially gifts to be found on the other side of “doom”? What stories, perspectives, and tools assist us in going beyond emotional detachment, stoic resolve, and spiritual transcendence?

Those with a post-doom mind and heart haven’t given up; they’ve stood up. Empathy follows naturally in the wake of realizing what is underway and unstoppable.