Rev. Michael Dowd will be the guest speaker for "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness," a weekend lecture series presented by the Kerley Endowment for Spiritual Advancement and Understanding at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Fondren Hall.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 am–3:30 pm: Advance registration for Saturday, Nov. 17 (tickets=$20/person) is now closed. Limited space will be available on first-come, first-served basis.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:45–11 am: Session is free; space is limited.
About the Speaker | Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian. He calls himself “an evidential mystic, a sacred realist, a Christian naturalist.” He graduated with honors from Palmer Seminary and has served as a United Church of Christ minister. Now he travels as an “evangelist for evolution,” inspiring and empowering people of all ages and theological orientations to know real freedom, to live in deepest integrity, and to fulfill their evolutionary mission. Dowd’s latest book, “Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World,” has been endorsed by six Nobel Prize winners and will be for sale at the event.
Format for the Weekend | Dowd will present a series of eight dynamic 20-minute multi-media presentations, celebrating the convergence of science, inspiration, and sustainability.
Saturday, Nov. 17 (morning):
REALITY 101 — The Great Story as Deep Time Wisdom
1. Un-trivializing God — Primary Reality as “Thou”, not “It”
2. The Evolutionary Purpose of Religion and Necessity Science
3. The Epic of Evolution — The Cosmic 101-Year Timeline
4. Reality Says — What’s Inevitable? Futile? Urgent?
Saturday, Nov. 17 (afternoon):
LEGACY 101 — Honoring Reality and Living Purposefully
5. Why We Struggle — Un-trivializing (REAL-izing) Mythic Insights
6. Impermanence & Death as Sacred — What Matters Most
7. Staying Sane, Sober, and Inspired in Contracting Times
Sunday, Nov. 18 (9:45–11 am):
ECO-THEISM: The Death and Resurrection of Religion
8. Anti-Future (Unnatural) vs. Pro-Future (Undeniable) Faith
Location and Parking
Free parking is available across from the church at the corner of Binz and Fannin. Fondren Hall on the second floor of the Jones Building at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.