What is religion? Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith

These true, beautiful words come from Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith: “Religion lies not in the yogi’s patched garment, nor in his staff, nor in besmearing the body with ashes. Religion lies not in suspending large rings from split ears, nor in shaving the head, nor in the blowing of horns. To live […]

Interfaith service with Dr Stephanie Dowrick

In need of spiritual nourishment? Or simply curious to discover whether spirituality has something to offer you? You are so welcome to join us today, Sunday 19 February, at 3pm for the monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive service at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church. A block from Town Hall Station. Cross St: Park. Glorious music from […]

On writing (and reading) Rilke

This portrait of 20th-century European poet Rainer Maria Rilke is by his friend the Expressionist painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, painted when both were adventurous idealists in their 20s. I have a particular fondness for it because it was when I working at The Women’s Press in London in the early 1980s that we published the first-ever monograph on Modersohn-Becker. Through that […]

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 […]

A Norwegian voice of peace

All people are children when they sleep. there’s no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them. They pucker their lips like small children and open their hands halfway, soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters. The stars stand guard and a haze veils the sky, […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Sustaining our compassion YouTube talk    Easy communications via the “Official Stephanie Dowrick” Facebook page Australian Women’s Weekly: “The Case for God”       Easter Retreat (21-25 April) plus Writing in Kyoto (Oct/Nov)       Interfaith in Sydney 17 April 3pm        On-line book buying Inspiration from Gandhi      Stephanie’s website http://www.stephaniedowrick.com Dear Universal Heart friends Heartfelt greetings […]

Seeking the Sacred – reviews

Good books don’t get old. Or stale. Trivia does curdle. Or goes right off. But some of the books that I treasure most and refer to most often seem as fresh as dew and were literally written two or three thousand years ago. I don’t want to be asked what I am writing next when […]