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 […]

The priceless gifts of compassionate “presence”

Your quality of presence – and mine – will linger in the minds of other people long after even the cleverest words are forgotten. Without even considering that it is presence we are describing we might say, “This person is good to be around…doesn’t criticize, attack or blame…makes life smoother and calmer…” Or we may […]

Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaks on peace (and the Four Noble Truths)

This talk, from the monthly (3rd Sundays, 3pm) interfaith services at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney, led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, takes us to the personal heart of living peacefully and happily. Stephanie pays particular attention to unnecessary suffering…and how to avoid it. She draws upon her deep understanding and appreciation of the […]

Peace IS the way

Peacemaking in our personal lives, peacemaking globally: this is the most urgent challenge of our time. Happiness, wellbeing and safety depend on it. To consider others and treat them with respect; to lift other people’s spirits wherever we can; to keep them and ourselves safe: nothing else matters more. 21 September International Day of Peace […]

Our world is at a turning point

“It is not an easy thing to be a peacemaker, but it is an essential thing. Our world is at a turning point. We either speak up passionately and act for peace — or we are bystanders of and complicit with violence.”   Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick Read Stephanie Dowrick’s persuasive arguments for peace, and for […]

Peacemakers’ poster

You are free to use either version of this beautiful poster. Simply click on it to enlarge. But please let us know that you are doing so. We would love to hear. You can reach Dr Stephanie Dowrick on her Facebook page, or by emailing uhn @ stephaniedowrick. com (fill in gaps, separated to limit […]

Stephanie Dowrick offers a practical peace testimony

Peace-making is no longer an option. (And never was.) To be worthy of life, we must choose to embrace peace-making as a way of being. We must contribute on an active daily basis to the safety, happiness and well-being of all those with whom we share this planet. I offer this as a guide, inspiration, […]

Stillness, steadiness, inner balance

Which of us does not want a greater sense of stillness – and choice – in our lives? Not least so that we can meet difficult situations with greater confidence – and experience more welcome situations with greater appreciation and pleasure. With a deepened sense of inner stillness, we are also far easier to be […]

Universal Heart Newsletter Sept 2011

Welcome friends! Reading * Visiting South Australia * Peace-making * Mana Retreat Centre * You Tube talk * Elizabeth Lecoanet’s glorious singing * Special offer Seeking the Sacred * A poem from John O’Donohue * Service in Sydney One of the web tools I now have measures not just how many newsletters go out but […]

Renewal and inspiration

We are now in our  sixth year of interfaith services in Sydney. Yet sometimes even “interfaith” seems too much of a label (although I did use it on the census form when asked to nominate my religion…!).  Perhaps it’s enough to know that the spiritually inclusive services we offer each month, 3rd Sundays, 3pm, at […]

Saving peace of mind?

In this recent short talk, Dr Stephanie Dowrick discusses some of the common obstacles to our personal peace of mind. These inevitably also “disturb” the peace way beyond ourselves. With a possibly surprising lightness and even optimism, she brings our attention to anger, greed and ignorance – all well known to most of us, all […]