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, […]

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on transformative appreciation

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on transformative appreciation

On 19 June 2016,  the tenth anniversary of our services at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick spoke on the beautiful topic of deep appreciation. This is a radical, transformative quality when we allow it to be, dramatically challenging the competitive, aggressive, cynical way of life that can come to seem “normal” […]

Profound appreciation

Pioneering psychologist William James is best known for his book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, where he wrote, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  Is this true for you? I read that line when I was seeking new inspiration on the perennial theme of encouragement. Thinking about it for […]

It’s a beautiful day!

Many years ago I remember listening to a singing group called “It’s a beautiful day”. Even then I had at least some realisation that it’s our inner attitude that lets us experience our days as beautiful and precious: each one of them.  When it’s “just another day”, my outlook and energy levels lift dramatically when […]