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 urges peace for the world’s children

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaks at a special service held at Pitt Street Uniting Church in August 2014 to celebrate the beauty of childhood and to give us a vital chance to think and pray together so that we might more imaginatively and compassionately create a world of peace for all…and most especially for the […]

Universal Heart Newsletter (& invitations) September 2014

“Rising”: an evening of opera, Brisbane, Thursday & Saturday, 18 & 20 Sept; Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 21 Sept 2014, 3-4.30pm: Closing the Sydney Sacred Music Festival * Next retreat at glorious Mana starts 25 Sept for 3 or 6 days (one or two places left)  * Daily inspirations Stephanie Dowrick on Facebook A […]

Sydney Sacred Music Festival event 21 September 2014, 3pm

MANY NOTES, ONE HEART     Sunday 21 September: our monthly inclusive sacred service for September will be almost entirely devoted to music … and will be, in essence, the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sydney Sacred Music Festival. The service – led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick – will start promptly at 3pm with a slightly […]

Universal Heart Newsletter August 2014, from Stephanie Dowrick

  “We will never achieve what we can’t imagine.” Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 17 August 2014, 3pm: Peace for the world’s children * Next retreat at glorious Mana starts 25 September for 3 or 6 days *  Where are the men?  * YouTube talks * Regular inspiration on FACEBOOK  * Reviewing James Hillman’s A […]

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: Spring Retreat begins 25 September

Dear Universal Heart Networkers Spiritual service, Sydney * Meditation CDs plus YouTube Talks * Retreat talks * Spring Retreat, Mana, 3 or 6 days This coming Sunday, 15 June 2014, at 3pm, we will celebrate EIGHT years of genuinely inclusive spiritual services at Pitt (264) Street Uniting Church in Sydney. Sustaining and growing our community really […]

Welcome to our anniversary sacred service 15 June 2014

On the 15th June 2014 we will celebrate EIGHT years of beautiful, enriching and genuinely inclusive sacred services at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney, led by Dr Stephanie Dowrick, with music ministry from Dr Kim Cunio. Please do feel free to join us for a most enriching time when we come together to honour […]

How to restore calm and optimism

It is all too easy to add pain to our suffering when times are hard…telling ourselves how badly we are managing, or that this is how things will always be. In this short, supportive article, Dr Stephanie Dowrick leads us towards a simple practical way of restoring calm, equanimity and even optimism in the present […]

On getting things done (at last)

How do you feel about putting off until tomorrow what really could and should be done today? Countless ordinarily intelligent, resourceful people – with every good intention in the world – will be flirting today with procrastination, or may even be deep in its grip. The usual scenario (and it’s very usual) is dreading a […]

Spiritually inclusive service this Sunday 18 May with Stephanie Dowrick

“With life as short as a half taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.” Rumi The spiritually inclusive services led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick in Sydney continue – and flourish. Our music is magnificent. The teachings we share and reflect upon are always inclusive, enriching, loving and peace-making. All welcome. We will gather as […]

Universal Heart Newsletter from Stephanie Dowrick

Dear Universal Heart Network friends Retreats: NZ & Bhutan * Spiritual service this Sunday, 18 May * Guided Meditation CDs  * A Universal Heart call to love * Links for Universal Heart Book Club & Universal Heart Music My thoughts have been very much with you over these recent days. Since I last wrote, we […]