“Faithful to the Future: Big Picture Inspiration for Challenging Times” 

FREE!!!  with Rev. Michael Dowd

ThursdayJan 19th, 7pm-9pmEmmanuel Parish Hall, 242 Main St, Eastsound, WA

A 5-page (2,500 word) essay that expresses the heart of Rev. Dowd’s
pro-science, pro-future prophetic message can be found HERE.

This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s two TEDx talks and material in his bestselling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our Worldwhich was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and by religious leaders across the spectrum.

An inspirational presentation for challenging times, on the necessary cultural weaving of spirituality & science!!!
(This work is seriously groundbreaking, and I hope to see all of you there. Please read on). ~Ben

FREE!!! (In partnership with Orcas Episcopal, Thriving San Juan Islands, backtolife.org, and Orcas Universal Unitarian Congregation!) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!!

REV MICHAEL DOWD is a former pastor, bestselling author, and eco-theologian, whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on national television… His great joy in life is sharing a science-based message of inspiration about our sacred responsibility to future generations. Since 2002, he’s spoken to more than 2,000 groups throughout North America, given a program at the United Nations, and delivered two TEDx talks.

THE EVENING will be a community affair. We’ll enjoy song to begin, then Michael will give his captavating powerpoint “sermon,” followed by a Q&A catered to both societal and intimate community needs.

Science and spirituality are not enemies; indeed, they must work together if humanity is to survive the 21st century. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, humanity is about to experience what could be called “The Great Reckoning.” The good news is that on the other side of this is “The Great Homecoming.” Through the turbulence lies an opportunity to durastically shift our worldview to a Life-affirming paradigm.

This presentation will focus on 6 points of agreement held in common by tens of millions of “religious” and “non-religious” people across the globe — and how to stay deeply inspired in the face of changing climate and other large-scale challenges.

We’ve each experienced times of trouble that threaten to overwhelm our individual lives. In such times, a vision of possibility is ESSENTIAL… The same holds true in history, when whole societies face troubles of an immense and uncharted variety. Truly, we here and now have arrived at such a time. Humans, unwittingly, have become a planetary force. We are changing, irreversibly, the very climate and consciousness of our world.

***Henceforth, any actions we take as individuals and societies will be taken in a new light:

***What vision will carry us forward through such times and inspire us to work together? 

***How shall we frame the need to shed our business-as-usual outlook on life and take on a new vision of possibility that can unite us as a species in joyful self-sacrifice and service? 

***What vision will charge us with a sense of heroic purpose that the future is, indeed, calling us to greatness?

***********Really looking forward to seeing youon the 19th!!!**********