Event Guest Speakers:
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group.
Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and in 2010, he received a second honorary doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal).
The Reverend Michael Dowd is a former pastor and bestselling eco-theologian and deep sustainability evangelist whose book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science writer, evolutionary educator, and fellow wild activist wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to 2,500+ religious and secular groups across North America since 2002. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on CBC, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News.
Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. He has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series: “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity,” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness.” Rev. Dowd’s passion is sharing a sobering yet empowering Big Picture that offers practical tools for living and inspiration for engaging in the prophetic work of pro-future action and inter-generational justice.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. His newest book is The Universal Christ (coming March 2019). Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity’s place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings.
Geneen Marie Haugen, Ph.D., is grateful to have lived among elk, moose, grizzlies, wolves, big rivers and thermal basins for decades; the wild Ones have been her abiding teachers. Her doctorate is in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from CIIS. She guides experiential immersions with roots in ecopsychology - including contemporary vision quest - for the Animas Valley Institute. She believes in the world-transforming potential of the human imagination in service of the anima mundi. Her writing appears in Kosmos Journal; Ecopsychology Journal; Parabola; Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth; Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth, and other publications.