Finding Meaning in the Dark: A Post-Doom Big Picture

Please invite your friends and join me next Sunday (May 3, 2020) at 10am (CDT) for a virtual presentation by eco-theologian, Michael Dowd, about living beyond hope and despair in a time of civilizational collapse. Michael’s message is especially salient during this time of social distancing and global pandemic.

Facebook event page:

Zoom link: (password: 46342)

This 45-minute Zoom presentation (with Q&A following), geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution (endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and diverse religious leaders), and highlights wisdom gained from his 2020 “post-doom” conversation series. Grounded in a deep green interpretation of cosmic, biological, and human history, Dowd centers on fidelity to the future and how to stay sane, sober, and inspired in chaotic and challenging times.

Post-doom (three-fold definition): (1) Love, trust, and equanimity even in the midst of abrupt climate change, a global pandemic, and collapse of both the health of the biosphere and business as usual. (2) What opens up when we accept the inevitable, honor our grief, and prioritize what is pro-future and soul-nourishing. (3) Living meaningfully, compassionately, and courageously in the face of climate disruption, ecological loss, and societal upset.

This Big Picture presentation bridges the gap between head and heart and celebrates the convergence of science, inspiration, and practical wisdom.

Michael’s 10 am presentation will be followed at 11 am by his sermon, “Corona, Climate, and the Myth of Perpetual Progress”.

BIO: Rev. Michael Dowd is bestselling eco-theologian, TEDx speaker, and pro-future advocate whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. Michael and his science writer, evolutionary educator, and fellow climate activist wife, Connie Barlow, have addressed nearly 3,000 groups throughout North America over the past two decades, including some 500 Unitarian Universalist churches. Their work was featured on the cover of the UU WORLD twice, in 1997 and 2006, and they were honored as “UU Religious Humanists of the Year” in 2016.

Published by John Halstead

John Halstead is the author of *Another End of the World is Possible*, in which he explores what it would really mean for our relationship with the natural world if we were to admit that we are doomed. John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is a co-founder of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which worked to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment.” He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post,, and Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of John also facilitates climate grief support groups climate grief support groups affiliated with the Good Grief Network.

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