A letter to Prime Minister Ardern

A letter to Prime Minister Ardern

Dear Prime Minister Ardern Those of us here in Australia who are supporting asylum seekers – and there are many, many of us – are extremely grateful that you are keeping up awareness of the humanitarian plight of those who sought asylum in Australia and have been held in prison-like situations of extreme isolation for four […]

Stephanie Dowrick on marriage rights for all

Stephanie Dowrick on marriage rights for all

Those of you living outside Australia may know that we are currently enduring a hugely expensive, divisive, national “postal vote” survey on the question of marriage equality, which is basically about whether every adult has equal rights to commit to marriage – or not. Currently everyone over the age of 16 who is not already […]

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on the Path of Love

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on the Path of Love

I very much hope that you will feel inspired by this talk on the Path of Love, given on 17 September 2017 at the conclusion of 11 years of monthly services at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney. Our work there will continue – wonderfully! – but less frequently. Reflecting on the Path of Love […]

Farewell & thanksgiving: Sacred service with Stephanie Dowrick 17 September

Farewell & thanksgiving: Sacred service with Stephanie Dowrick 17 September

Interfaith service with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick Music: Dr Kim Cunio, Heather Lee, Anna McDonald (violin), Elizabeth Lecoanet, Samarai Cunio (tabla) Sunday 17 September 2017, 3pm – prompt start Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street, Sydney (between Bathurst and Park streets) Tea, coffee, fellowship after the service. “The radiance that is neither East nor […]

No place for race or religious hatred

No place for race or religious hatred

Perhaps the greatest stain on Christianity is its centuries-long abhorrent treatment of Jewish people. This persecution is more than tragic given that Jesus was himself, and was always, a Jew. When we consider recent events like that of Charlottesville, they should horrify us not only because those marching with the regalia and ideology of Nazism […]

Letter from Stephanie Dowrick

Letter from Stephanie Dowrick

Dear Universal Heart Networkers (Hearty apologies if this letter is coming to you for a 2nd time. We have moved servers – big job – to streamline our webmail. Simple? Not quite…but we hope much simpler from now on.) A special welcome to those of you new to this Network, and an equally special greeting […]

Stephanie Dowrick on caring for yourself

Stephanie Dowrick on caring for yourself

Is it surprising that many of the genuinely caring people among us are somewhat confused as to what it means to take at least reasonably good care of themselves? Maybe not. In this age of self-obsession, cravings and rampant entitlement, anything that hints at too much self-concern may well seem repugnant. Yet intelligent self-care is […]

Stephanie Dowrick praises creativity

Stephanie Dowrick praises creativity

Perhaps the greatest gift that we have as a human family is imagination and, with that, our creativity and capacity for thought, expression, language (all the languages of body, vision, touch, as well as speech and silence, and also the languages of the land, oceans, air). Yes, imagination in its most familiar sense can be […]

Stephanie Dowrick wishes Valentine Happiness for All

Stephanie Dowrick wishes Valentine Happiness for All

Let’s declare Valentine’s Day as a day for all. Love has infinite expressions…Let’s open to their mystery, their beauty, and their healing. Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day as inclusively as possible: all those lessons in love (some so necessary, so timely; some so hard), all those teachers of what love is or can be (some lost, […]

Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

As I sit here this very early morning, the house is quiet. The world outside is quiet. The air even now is hot and still. (I will go outside in a moment to water my thirsty plants – all in pots.) It is the penultimate day of what has been a long year, with personal […]

Prayer for all those seeking safety

Prayer for all those seeking safety

On this Christmas morning, let us remember and pray most especially for our brothers and sisters who are without homes, countries or safety. We pray especially for our brothers and sisters held in detention on Manus Island, on Nauru, in detention centres in Australia, for all those denied shelter, dignity and hope. You are not […]

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