Two very special (and different) October retreats

Dear Network friends Today I am writing to share news of the two retreats that I am delighted to be offering in October. The longer, more “newsy” newsletters I usually send give you a variety of information and it’s easy to miss details of special events. The early October retreat (3-6, 6-9 October) is at […]

Stephanie Dowrick encourages you to grow braver in spirit

Please enjoy this short, heartfelt talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on what it means to “grow in spirit” even and sometimes especially when your circumstances are hard or especially challenging. No, this is not “easy” – but it is slowly possible – and the benefits will resonate throughout our lives. On the day she gave […]

A teaching from Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan

“If one saw that underlying thread that connects all religions, one would see that all religion is one, as truth is one, as life is one, as God is one.” Hazrat Inayat Khan was an Indian musician and Sufi master who died in 1927 at the age of 44, having brought the message of universal […]

Universal Heart Newsletter & Book Club, July 2013

Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 21 July 2013, 3pm  * A year in the life of the Universal Heart Book Club  * Visiting Mudgee Readers’ Festival? * Buddhism & Psychotherapy Conference, Brisbane, not just for Buddhists and therapists! * October retreats *  Regular inspiration on FACEBOOK  * beautiful words from Francis of Assisi Dear friends,   […]

Stephanie Dowrick on the power of living thankfully

Dr Stephanie Dowrick begins this powerful talk on thanksgiving and living fully as well as “thankfully” by quoting Mahatma Gandhi on what we share: our unity with all of humanity, with “our human and divine family” as well as the profound possibility that each of us is “enough”. She also reflects on the sublime opportunity […]

Stephanie Dowrick offers “messages of love”

In this short video talk, you can hear Dr Stephanie Dowrick giving the Sunday “sermon” at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney. She uses her commitment to spiritual and social inclusivity and harmony to draw our attention to key universal “messages of love” while inviting us also to be “messengers of love”.  On 21 July […]

Universal Heart Newsletter & Book Club June 2013

Dear Universal Heart friends “Beauty of spirit is contagious” * Interfaith service, Sydney, Sunday 16 June, 3pm – celebrating 7 years of services  * Links to supportive talks and articles  *  Book Club news  * Bookstore support  * Events including Sydney writing workshop, July, October Retreat at Mana, & Writing Retreat in Kyoto Welcome to […]

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on wisdom and humility

This short talk on wisdom – and its relevance in contemporary life – by Dr Stephanie Dowrick begins with a famous teaching from the Wisdom of Solomon. Stephanie uses it as a springboard to invite us to think freshly about wisdom and particularly about the wisdom we learn first-hand: from the experiences of our own […]

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on Forgiveness

Stephanie Dowrick is the author, among other books, of Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love. This talk on the vital theme of forgiveness was recorded at the Happiness & Its Causes Conference in Sydney, in 2007. Stephanie spoke after His Holiness the Dalai Lama had spoken to a packed and highly receptive audience. The talk […]

Peace testimonies from the Easter Retreat 2013

Peace Testimonies, Retreat with Stephanie Dowrick,   Mana Retreat Centre, Easter  2013 Joo-Cheong As a peacemaker, I will speak against injustice, remembering that peace is not just my birthright but of all humanity. I will live with idealism, seeing the prospect of change even when change seems all but impossible, believing in hope especially when […]

Stephanie Dowrick invites you to greater happiness

In this talk, recorded at the Sydney Town Hall for the Happiness & Its Causes Conference, Sydney, 2012, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick challenges – with considerable gentleness and strength – some of our familiar ideas about happiness, and invites us to a greater vision not of happiness only, but also of safety, justice and peace. […]