- May 22, 2018
- 7:00 pm
- Community Christian Church of Springfield, MO 4806 E Farm Road 136 Springfield, MO 65809
Pro-Future Faith: Ecology as the Heart of Theology
Three Part Series – Lecture 1
Reality 101: Big Green History & Deep-Time Wisdom
What’s inevitable? What’s futile? What’s inspiring?
Science, ecology, theology, and inspiration must creatively dance and give birth to something new if humanity is to survive the 21st century. 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. The first program will provide an evidence-based view of “God’s Time” and “God’s Nature” that bridges the believer vs. nonbeliever divide and provides science-based inspiration for these times of climate chaos, political turmoil, economic unrest, and other large-scale challenges. The second lecture will highlight why ecology (“grace limits”) must be the heart of theology and explores a “facts as God’s native tongue” look at our outer nature, inner nature, social nature, and mortal nature. The third lecture will showcase the evolutionary purpose of religion and the religious necessity of science, and will conclude by offering tools and spiritual practices for staying sane, sober, and empowered in chaotic and contracting times.
The Rev. Michael Dowd is a 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. His book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He and his wife, science writer and climate activist, Connie Barlow, have spoken to some 2,500 groups across North America since 2002. Rev. Dowd has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series: “Evolutionary Christianity” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness.
Sponsered by The Emerging Church and First Unitarian Universalist Church