Beatitudes Campus to host renowned theologian, Rev. Michael Dowd, as Scholar in Residence during April

Theologian Rev. Michael Dowd will be the third Scholar in Residence at Beatitudes Campus during the month of April. He will live on campus and present lectures at the campus and throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area during his month-long residency. A bestselling evolutionary eco-theologian and pro-future evangelist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Dowd will be joined by his wife, noted science writer and educator, Connie Barlow.

Beatitudes Campus began the Scholar in Residence Program three years ago. The campus hosts thought leaders in a variety of fields who can inspire our community in their fields of expertise.

“Rev. Dowd as this year’s Scholar in Residence will be a thought-provoking experience, not just for Beatitudes Campus but for the community. He will challenge our thinking about the intersection of science and spirituality while celebrating the mysteries of existence,” says Rev. Peggy Roberts, senior vice president of spiritual life at Beatitudes Campus.

Dowd will be presenting a series of public lectures at Beatitudes Campus and throughout the Valley. He will be a guest minister at several local churches. All events are free and open to the public.

“Beatitudes Campus is a pioneer in creating lifelong learning opportunities for our residents at Beatitudes Campus, many of which we also offer to the community” says Michelle Just, president and CEO of Beatitudes Campus. “Our Scholar in Residence program brings renowned experts who address critical issues important to our community. Rev. Dowd is making an important contribution to the conversation about the relationship for science and religion, which will inspire and empower people of all ages and theological orientations.”

Both Dowd and his wife, Connie Barlow, share the inspiring side of science. Barlow has written several science books, and her book on evolution was one of’s top-recommended science books. Currently, she devotes her energies to forestry-climate activism. She will be discuss tree migration at Beatitudes Campus.

Dowd and Barlow will be available for media interviews. Their public appearance schedule is following.



April 2, 10 am
Movie: “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”
Beatitudes Campus, 1610 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

April 9, 16, 23 - 10 am
Pro-Future Faith: Ecology as the Heart of Theology
Beatitudes Lifelong Learning Series
Beatitudes Campus, 1610 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

4/9: Deep-Time Wisdom & Dark Optimism
4/16: Energy, Ecology & Human Nature
4/23: The Death and Resurrection of Religion

April 6, 13, 20, 27 - 10:30 am
Science & Spirituality Roundtable Conversations
Beatitudes Campus, 1610 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

April 9
10:30 am
Assisted Migration of Trees
Connie Barlow
UCC Lunch Bunch at Beatitudes Campus, 1610 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

April 19 - 4:00 pm
Earth Day Celebration
Sponsored by Arizona Interfaith Power & Light and Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology
Daley Park in Tempe, 
1625 S. College Avenue, Tempe, AZ


April 8 - 9 am
Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

April 15 - 9 am, 10:20 am, 11:15 am
Fountain Hills United Methodist Church, 15300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ

April 20 - Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

April 22 - 9 am, 10:30 am, 4 pm
Day Spring United Methodist Church, 1365 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, AZ

April 29 - 10:30 am, 11:30 am
Via de Cristo Faith Community, 15656 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ