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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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8. Staying Sane, Sober, and Inspired in Contracting Times


PFF-Session-8_Sane-Sober-Inspired.pdf


Primary resources…

SERMON: “Not the Future We Ordered: Staying Sane in Crazy Times” – Dowd (37 min)

SOUL NOURISHMENT: Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil’s 2019 series: “How then Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse”: Essays / Audios

Additional resources…

ESSAY: The Prodigal Species – Bruce Sanguin

INSPIRATION (text): Positive Visions, Practical Tools, and Inspiring Examples of Eco-Wise Thinking and Living

ON HOPE, DESPAIR, GRIEF, and ACTION

AUDIO PLAYLIST: https://soundcloud.com/michael-dowd-grace-limits/sets/rip-homo-colossus

Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil’s series: “How then Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse”: Essays / Audios

Emily Johnston: “How to Keep Going”:  https://medium.com/@enjohnston/how-to-keep-going-c634a8322f28

Derrick Jensen: “Beyond Hope”https://orionmagazine.org/article/beyond-hope/

Jem Bendell: “Hope and Vision in the Face of Collapse: The 4th R of Deep Adaptation”  https://jembendell.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/hope-and-vision-in-the-face-of-collapse-the-4th-r-of-deep-adaptation/

Catherine Ingram: “Facing Extinction”: http://www.catherineingram.com/facingextinction/

AUDIO: https://soundcloud.com/michael-dowd-grace-limits/catherine-ingram-facing-extinction

Dahr Jamail: “In Facing Mass Extinction, We Don’t Need Hope, We Need Courage”:  https://truthout.org/articles/in-facing-mass-extinction-we-dont-need-hope-we-need-to-grieve/

Rebecca Solnit: “Hope is an embrace of the unknown”https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/15/rebecca-solnit-hope-in-the-dark-new-essay-embrace-unknown

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone (BOOK) — Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: All audios in the following two SoundCloud playlists:

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Rev. Dowd’s TEDx Talks – VIDEO

(2014) “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion

Blog: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tedx-talk-reality-reconci_b_5513264

YouTube: https://youtu.be/1QeTWVw9Fm4

(2012) “Why We Struggle and Suffer

Blog: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tedx-talk-why-we-struggle_b_1605802

YouTube: https://youtu.be/DDMOF7qtlh8

Interviews with Top Climate Scientists, Activists, Sustainability Experts:

(2015) “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness” (55 interviews, Dowd as host)

Videos: http://www.tree-of-life.works/greatness

Audios: https://soundcloud.com/michael-dowd-grace-limits/sets/the-future-is-calling-us-to-greatness-55-interviews

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Resources Mentioned During Rev. Dowd’s Presentations

  1. Un-trivializing God — Reality as Thou

Loyal Rue — Religion Is Not About God

William R. Catton, Jr. — Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

Thomas Berry — The Dream of the Earth, and The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future

Conservation International & Hollywood stars — Nature Is Speaking videos

Marc Perkel video: Why Reality Needs a Religion (and Atheism Isn’t Good Enough)

  1. The Purpose of Religion and the Necessity Science

David Sloan Wilson — Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, and Evolution for Everyone

Edward O. Wilson — On Human Nature, and The Social Conquest of Earth

Larry Rasmussen — Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key

Bron Taylor — Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future

Edward (Teddy) Goldsmith — A Blueprint for SurvivalThe Stable Society, and The Way: An Ecological Worldview

Stuart Guthrie — Faces in the Clouds: A New Theory of Religion

  1. The Epic of Evolution — A Cosmic Timeline

Clive Ponting — A New Green History of the World

William R. Catton, Jr. — Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

Anand Veeraraj — Green History of Religion

  1. Thus Sayeth Reality… What is Inevitable; What is Necessary

Nate Hagens — Reality 101: UMN Nexus One videos (also here)

John Michael Greer: “The Next Ten Billion Years” (audio of Bardi-Greer-Bardi: here)

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

William R. Catton, Jr. — Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

Michael & Jean Huesemann — Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Environment (also here and here)

John Michael Greer — Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead (audiobook here, narrated by Dowd)

John Michael Greer — The Long Descent: A Users Guide to the End of the Industrial Age

Joseph A. Tainter — The Collapse of Complex Societies

  1. Why We Struggle — Un-trivializing Mythic Wisdom

Ajit Varki and Danny Brower — Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind

Deirdre Barrett — Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose

Stephen Jenkinson — Griefwalker (VIDEO, 80 min) and Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (BOOK)

Paul Chefurka — “Approaching the Limits to Growth” website

AUDIO RECORDING of Paul Chefurka: “Best Hits” from his website (narrated by Dowd)

  1. Impermanence and Death as Sacred — Embracing Limits

Wikipedia page: Societal Collapse

BBC Future — “Are we on the road to civilization collapse?

William R. Catton, Jr. — Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

Jared Diamond — Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Ronald Wright — Book A Short History of Progress / Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Short_History_of_Progress

Joseph A. Tainter — The Collapse of Complex Societies

Sir John Glubb — The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival

William Ophuls — Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail

Michael & Jean Huesemann — Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Environment (Also here and here)

Death portal on TheGreatStory.org website: http://thegreatstory.org/death-programs.html

  1. Staying Sane, Sober, and Inspired in Contracting Times

Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone — Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy

VIDEO (fictional documentary): Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown  (44 min)

  1. Impermanence and Death as Sacred — Embracing Limits

Primary resources…

SERMON VIDEO: “Not the Future We Ordered: Honoring Our Grief” – Dowd (30 min)

WEB PORTAL (text, audio, video): “Death as Natural, Generative, and No Less Sacred than Life”: http://thegreatstory.org/death-programs.html

BLOG POSTS: (1) “Death: Sacred, Necessary, Real”: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-michael-dowd/death-is-sacred-necessary-real_b_1541102.html

(2) “A Scientific Honoring of Death”: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-michael-dowd/a-scientific-honoring-of-death_b_1556839.html

BBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT (2019): “Are We on the Road to Civilization Collapse?” and “The Lifespan of Ancient Civilizations

Additional resources…

BOOK (75 pages): William Ophuls: Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail

ESSAY: “The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival” – Sir John Glubb

  1. Why We Struggle — Un-Trivializing Mythic Wisdom

PFF-Session-6_Why-We-Struggle.pdf

Primary resources (web portals link to text, audio, video) …

Quadrune (4-Part) Brain resources: http://thegreatstory.org/evolutionize.html

Our physical instincts: http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain.html

Our social instincts: http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain-mammal.html

Our interpretative instincts: http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain-monkey.html

Our spiritual instincts: http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain-porpoise.html

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

Primary resource…

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

Additional resources…

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

PFF-Session-4_Thus-Sayeth-Reality-Part-1.pdf

Primary resource…

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

Additional resources…

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

AUDIO: https://soundcloud.com/michael-dowd-grace-limits/sets/jem-bendell-deep-adaptation

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

Lesson 3

The Epic of Evolution — A Cosmic Timeline

PFF-Session-3_Epic-of-Evolution.pdf

Primary resource…

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

Additional resources…

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

    PFF-Session-2_Religion-Science.pdf


Primary resource…

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

Additional resources…

AUDIOS: Edward “Teddy” Goldsmith: https://soundcloud.com/michael-dowd-grace-limits/sets/edward-teddy-goldsmith (audios narrated by Dowd)

INTRO to Goldsmith: http://thegreatstory.org/sustainability-audios.html#goldsmith

 

Lesson 1:

  1. Un-Trivializing God — Reality as Thou

Download the lesson Worksheet or view it embedded below.

PFF-Session-1_Un-Trivializing-God.pdf

Primary resources…

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

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

Additional resources…

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

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

Also: https://un-denial.com/2019/02/02/by-nate-hagens-reality-101-what-every-student-and-citizen-should-know-about-energy