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 […]

Want your children to be happy?

Want your children to be happy?

You can certainly help your children to be happier by becoming happier (more engaged, more considerate, and kinder) yourself. Of course you want your children to be happy! Whatever our culture, we share that. But do you know how? Endless gratification of “I want” certainly doesn’t do it. In fact, it makes monsters of even […]

Spiritual transformation: the essential prelude to peace

Spiritual transformation: the essential prelude to peace

Spiritual transformation: the essential prelude to peace What follows is a revised version of the talk I gave at the Common Dreams (progressive Christianity) conference in Sydney in 2007.  I am re-posting this in January 2015…in a world in which an understanding of non-violence has become even more urgent…and on a day when we can […]

Big issues; Great thinkers. Why non-violence is essential.

Stephanie Dowrick is a life-long social activist and peace-maker. She reflects here on the wisdom of non-violence and the urgent necessity of our understanding this – and bringing it to life. Her many books include Seeking the Sacred. It is utterly heartbreaking to be sitting in my office in Sydney, on this entirely pleasant, early-summer […]

Stephanie Dowrick on self-acceptance and self-love

“Loving ourselves” should be entirely natural. It should also lead us away from anxious self-obsession and certainly far away from debilitating self-pity. In fact, self-love – when we understand it – should lead us towards an easy acceptance of our gifts, gratitude for our strengths, as well as a willingness to learn from our inevitable […]

Universal Heart Newsletter – Heaven on Earth publication

Publication of Heaven on Earth * New bookstore link: free postage  *  “Heavenly”: Special concert announcement for 23 November 2013  * Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 20 October 2013, 3pm  *  Stephanie on ABC RN’s “Spirit of Things”  *  YouTube talks * Regular inspiration on FACEBOOK Dear friends What a joy it is to be […]

Universal Heart Newsletter September 2013 (new book!)

Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 15 September 2013, 3pm  * Retreats – October * Visiting the Universal Heart Book Club  * YouTube talks * Regular inspiration on FACEBOOK  * New book on its way! * A gratitude prayer (even for those who never pray) Dear friends This Sunday, 15 September, is our beautiful, enriching monthly interfaith […]

Foreign aid benefits everyone

We all love a bargain – and are all inclined to congratulate ourselves when we find one. I certainly do…especially when it comes to my weakness around nice clothes. But how often do we stop to remember that our “bargain” is possible only because someone has made our briefly-desired object for far less money than […]

Stephanie Dowrick thinks about work

Countless people draw on work for identity as much as income. But this can leave people feeling immensely vulnerable to others’ decisions and whims. Far greater freedom can come from consciously deciding that no matter what your work is, what most positively affects your wellbeing are the values you seek to express through your work […]

Anna Funder’s All That I Am

Stephanie Dowrick reviews Anna Funder’s exceptional debut novel, recent winner of the Miles Franklin (published by Penguin Australia). This review first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. What kind of people dare to dream of a better world than the one in which they find themselves? Ruth – one of this immensely fine novel’s two […]

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