Stephanie Dowrick speaks on enthusiasm as a spiritual resource

We invite you to enjoy this quite exceptionally enriching and timely talk, recorded at the June interfaith service at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church in Sydney. We were also celebrating eight years of spiritually inclusive services there, led by Dr Stephanie Dowrick. They continue each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm. All very welcome. […]

Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaks on Radical Simplicity

Here is a chance to hear a short, highly supportive talks from Dr Stephanie Dowrick, recorded at her regular interfaith services at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, offered each 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm. In this talk, recorded on 18 May 2014, Stephanie challenges you to notice what matters most in all our […]

Stephanie Dowrick offers spiritual support in this secular age

Are you yearning for practical, meaningful personal support? Please take time to enjoy this talk, given in the Tom Keneally Library at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts in Sydney on 26 March 2014. Here, writer and spiritual leader Dr Stephanie Dowrick reflects on our needs for spiritual support especially at a time when religions […]

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 celebrates our gift of life

“I see the gates of happiness opening for you!” Please enjoy this vital talk, inspired by one of the most exquisite of the Upanishads, as well as by contemporary poet Mary Oliver, given on 20 October 2013 by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Interfaith in Sydney, Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney. What theme could matter […]

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 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. […]

Universal Heart Network (invitations) & Book Club

Dear Universal Heart friends Interfaith service, Sydney, THIS Sunday 21 April, 3pm  *Book Club news including Anne Deveson’s new book  * Retreat at Mana  * Links to supportive talks and articles  *  Bookstore support  * A beautiful prayer of appreciation for this day. Welcome to this month’s Universal Heart Newsletter – and to Book Club […]

Buddhist nun explains what anger is – and is not

I (Stephanie Dowrick) have written a great deal about the epidemic of anger in our society and its disastrous consequences, as well as what to do about it – particularly in Everyday Kindness, The Universal Heart and Choosing Happiness. Creating a life free from anger is an individual responsibility that has profound and immediate consequences […]

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 […]

Stephanie Dowrick asks, What good was that crisis?

Unless you are an accomplished masochist (or have a fatal attraction to drama), you will want to avoid most situations dramatic and uncomfortable enough to qualify as a crisis. However, life is more often than not indifferent to our list of “wants”. And so it is that crises fall upon us and we fall upon […]

Stephanie Dowrick: Let’s talk about religion

With World Interfaith Harmony Week resonating around the globe, Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick asks us to consider what religion is…or could be. And whether this is the time for a “post-tribal” inclusive spirituality to be increasingly articulated – and lived. I have a soft spot for religion. And even for religions. However, many so-called religious […]