TRIBUTES

MICHAEL DOWD

November 19, 1958 – October 7, 2023

FOREVER WRITTEN IN OUR HEARTS

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“Any human being exists only as a member of the wider community of life, air, water, and soil. We have no existence apart from the earth. We are the earth. What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.”

“The biosphere is a greater Thou, not a lesser it.”

-Michael Dowd (1958-2023)

May these images shared be a lasting inspiration for all…and a daily challenge to reconnect with the wild world.

Enjoy the viewing with a personal music selection. Or just listen deeply to the silence.

Tribute Video for My Life Partner

“To Michael’s colleagues and friends: I give you my thanks for helping my husband shine in serving the human and the more-than-human world. I can speak for Michael in saying that his life was complete at age 64. If he had any inkling of dying, I know he agrees that it was indeed a good day to die. And for me, today is a good day to live.”

– Connie Barlow

Michael Dowd 

“His electric, surround sound version of loving attention was wild and joyful to experience. His limitless curiosity and bombastic reverence for life never ceased to compel me to want to lean into my life with more authenticity. He could challenge, cajole, compel, and confuse with grace. I loved the man.”

                      – Jordan Perry

Collapse Acceptance Alliance hosted a Post-doom No Gloom zoom gathering of 200 people from around the world to honor the life and death of Michael Dowd

Credits: Hosts Val Christensen and Peter Melton, along with Jordan Perry. Slide presentation by Karen Perry. Video editing by Roshana Ariel

FALL
an Art For the Sky dedication video

“For centuries, poets and artists have compared dying to a leaf falling…is there any metaphor more apt? Here is a verse from my song Forever, included at the end of the video.” – Daniel Dancer

And when death welcomes me
to Sweet Infinity
May I please go gracefully
Like a gold leaf falling to the ground
Impermanence is life’s sweet sound
And forever is the song it sings 

It’s Not Too Late
to Love the World

“Michael had a contagious enthusiasm and one of the most generous spirits I have ever met.

He had a unique gift for lifting up other people and connecting like-minded folks. This was, in my opinion, at least as important as his writing and speaking.”

– John Halstead

An elegy in prose for Michael Dowd

“His huge evangelical heart combined with his understanding of God as the evolving Universe, our home, and his acceptance that we are not going to wheedle our way out of this great unraveling…He was faithful to reality, including glorious rivers and repeated endings of mighty civilizations.”
– Vicki Robin

The Late Great Reverend Dowd

“A brave, bold, positive, humble, intelligent and good-hearted man who made a unique contribution to humanity at this unprecedented time.”  -Jem Bendell

Environmental Coffee House Tribute

“We all loved Michael and he loved all of us.”

Featuring Post-doom Conversationalists: Sandy Schoelles, Jennifer Hynes, and Eliot Jacobson

Practiced What He Preached

“His passing was a devastating loss not only for me and those that knew him, but for the whole body of life surrounding his love-in-action…His message of G🌎D , religion, and the state of where exactly human civilization is heading completely transformed and rocked me.”– Gerry Russell

In Memory of the Great Ecotheologian

“He referred to hope as love-in-action. I met Michael Dowd through the Gaian Way. He referred to the living earth as Gaia, but spelled it like this, which I thought was perfect.”

– Krista Hiser

Just a Beautiful Human Being

His efforts to include everyone, his kindness, and his humility were a genuine blessing to those he touched. He was a light in these times and will be sorely missed.”

Michael Shaw

On the Passing of Michael 

“The power of Michael’s message was growing, but now it is our responsibility – each one of us – to accelerate that broadcast to achieve a critical mass of predicament consciousness…


…not that it will “save” us or much of life on this planet, but because that is what evolution wants humanity to learn and is what must be done.” Bob Bates

Michael’s Gifts

“I’m blessed to know a lot of impactful elders. Seldom have I crossed paths with one who quickly made me feel special and important. Michael’s gift of easy engagement both in interviews and in personal conversations was a special gift that not everyone can boast” – Steve Aman

Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology Honors Michael Dowd’s Legacy

“Michael’s Post-doom concept challenged us to engage in a radical eyes-open acceptance of the planetary situation and finding richness, equanimity, meaning, and joy, not only in spite of the reality, but because of it.”– Tara Trapani

Michael Helped Me Keep Trudging

“What is real? What is important? What is possible?” – the key questions Michael would ask in his talks – have much informed my ongoing 30+ year cruel jungle trudge as a planet Earth crew member.” – Joseph Carson

Dowd Gave Us All So Much

“Michael was a bright star who, with Connie, have brought a scientifically real, cosmically inspiring, reality based spirituality to literally hundreds of thousands of people. They were instrumental in getting me on the path of proclaiming our awesome evolutionary roots to the world.”                       –Dr. Jon Cleland Host

In Memoriam

“He was certainly a big thinker and a pioneer in the framing of the very story of the Universe and evolution themselves as a grand spiritual narrative… promoting a philosophical position that eschewed big-picture hope, but rather chose small acts of bettering the world immediately around us.”– Mark Green

Contagious Energy

“Michael knew how to interpret difficult, heartbreaking data – presenting it in a way that helped me not feel so hopeless. He did not sugarcoat anything – delivering it with gentleness and compassion – a sure sign of a wise elder.”– Annie Thomas

Loved His Charismatic Presence

“Thank you Michael for your ecological worldview, your understanding of being in-right-relationship-with-reality, and for leaning into the wisdom of giants who went before you.

This teaching helps me find peace, happiness, and meaning while living in a dying world.”                                  – Renaee Churches

A Genuine Difference Maker

“Michael’s energy and passion was palpable from the first time I heard him talk. He was a genuine human that cared about others and the world. I’m certain that he has made a difference in thousands of lives.” Juan Pablo Quiñonez

 Excellent Teacher

“Michael had a massive influence on me. His communication, research and teaching skills were outstanding. He helped me to let go of judging others, and attempting to control what I cannot.” – Bridget K