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Featuring eco-theologian, author, and TEDx speaker, Rev. Michael Dowd, ProFuture Faith is a dynamic eight-session digital media and internet-based course that bridges the gap between head and heart, science and faith.  The basic format for each 1 – 1-1/2 hour session includes conversation around the readings, a 20-minute digital media presentation and guided discussion. Digital media and internet-based discussion.

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  1. Thus Sayeth Reality — What is Futile; What is Urgent

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SERMON VIDEO: “EcoTheism: Ecology as the Heart of Theology” – Dowd (31 min)

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SCHUMACHER LECTURE (text): “The Ecozoic Era” – Thomas Berry

AUDIO of above Thomas Berry lecture, “The Ecozoic Era” (narrated by Dowd; 42 min)

  1. Thus Sayeth Reality — What is Inevitable; What is Needed


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OVERVIEW: Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Environment (review, quotes)

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SLIDE NARRATION: “Reality’s Rules: Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction and Redeem Humanity” – Dowd (17 min)

TEXT: Jem Bendell’s 2018 paper: “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy


SERMON VIDEO: “Confessions of a Recovering Progressive” – Dowd (28 min)

Lesson 3

The Epic of Evolution — A Cosmic Timeline


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SLIDE NARRATION: “Sane vs. Insane Progress” – Dowd (24 min)

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MINI ESSAY: “Ecology is the New Theology” – Dowd and Barlow

SERMON VIDEO: “Intergenerational Justice: Could Any Vision Matter More?” – Dowd (23 min)


Lesson 2:

The Purpose of Religion and the Necessity of Science

  1. The Purpose of Religion and the Necessity of Science


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SERMON VIDEO: “Reality 101: Expanding Our Circle of Compassion” – Dowd (30 min)

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AUDIOS: Edward “Teddy” Goldsmith: (audios narrated by Dowd)

INTRO to Goldsmith:


Lesson 1:

  1. Un-Trivializing God — Reality as Thou

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ESSAY: “What Are We Pointing to with the Word ‘God’?” – Gene Marshall

ARTISTIC VIDEO: “God Is Reality Personified, Not a Person” (20 min)

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BLOG POST: “God: Personification ≠ Person” – Rev. Dowd

VIDEOS: Nate Hagens: “Reality 101: What every student (and citizen) needs to know