Guest speaker: Connie Barlow
This season of darkness invites us to reflect on the upsets and disappointments within ourselves and with our culture/society. As video editor of a new conversation series with environmental and social activists the world over, Connie will offer gems of wisdom she is learning from leaders young and old who have found meaning, even gifts, in the darkness.
Worship Leader: Terra Anderson
BIO: Connie grew up in Detroit, getting an environmental education working in our national parks. While in Seattle during the 1980s she transitioned from consulting for the fossil fuel industry, moving to New York and the far less lucrative career of science writing in the fields of evolution and paleoecology. She has written 4 books. In 2002 she downshifted careers again when she and her husband, Michael Dowd, hit the road as “America’s evolutionary evangelists.” In 2016, the duo was honored at UU General Assembly as “Religious Humanists of the Year.” Connie is now a climate activist — advocating for “assisted migration” of America’s native trees. In our own Salish Sea region, Connie is calling attention to old horticultural plantings of California Redwoods that are thriving here and launching seedlings into nearby regrowth forests. Her shift into climate activism is both cause and consequence of wrenching worldview shifts for her in recent years. Hence, her sermon title: Finding Meaning in the Dark.