Stephanie Dowrick Spring Retreat, 4-10 October 2018

Stephanie Dowrick Spring Retreat, 4-10 October 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Spring Retreat with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, Mana Retreat Centre, 4-10 October, 2018.  This year’s theme: “Courage, Beauty & Self-Forgiveness” Full details are available via this link to the REGISTRATION PAGE at Mana Retreat Centre, near Coromandel, New Zealand. Shuttles from Auckland Airport, making the travel to Mana both easy and […]

Stephanie Dowrick: Taxing Questions

Stephanie Dowrick: Taxing Questions

It is with my social justice hat on that I wrote the article you can access below. You are very welcome to comment on it on the excellent, thoughtful “Pearls and Irritations” blog, hosted by John Menadue. Or on my own public Facebook page where it also appears as a link. How privileged we are […]

Collection of Talks | 2017

Collection of Talks | 2017

2017 | A selection of Stephanie Dowrick’s talks at Mana Retreat Centre Click on the links below to be taken to each individual audio file. Always A New Beginning Healing, Contemplation, Action Essential Interbeing Claiming Our Worthiness Fruits Of Contemplation – Mindful Action The Elements and Joy Mary and Martha – The Subtleties Of Presence […]

Collection of Meditations | 2015

Collection of Meditations | 2015

2015 | A collection of guided meditations led by Stephanie Dowrick Click on the links below to be taken to each individual meditation’s audio. These meditations were all recorded at Mana Retreat Centre, meditations led by Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Meditation Guidance Guided Meditation 2 Meditation – Breathing Life Meditation – Refreshment Of New Day […]

Farewell & thanksgiving: Sacred service with Stephanie Dowrick 17 September

Farewell & thanksgiving: Sacred service with Stephanie Dowrick 17 September

Interfaith service with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick Music: Dr Kim Cunio, Heather Lee, Anna McDonald (violin), Elizabeth Lecoanet, Samarai Cunio (tabla) Sunday 17 September 2017, 3pm – prompt start Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street, Sydney (between Bathurst and Park streets) Tea, coffee, fellowship after the service. “The radiance that is neither East nor […]

Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

Greeting 2017 with a brave heart

As I sit here this very early morning, the house is quiet. The world outside is quiet. The air even now is hot and still. (I will go outside in a moment to water my thirsty plants – all in pots.) It is the penultimate day of what has been a long year, with personal […]

Prayer for all those seeking safety

Prayer for all those seeking safety

On this Christmas morning, let us remember and pray most especially for our brothers and sisters who are without homes, countries or safety. We pray especially for our brothers and sisters held in detention on Manus Island, on Nauru, in detention centres in Australia, for all those denied shelter, dignity and hope. You are not […]

Join us to celebrate, Sunday 19 June 2016!

Join us to celebrate, Sunday 19 June 2016!

Dear Universal Heart Networkers I have been sending out Universal Heart Newsletters since the publication of The Universal Heart in 2000. That means some of you were with me during the year of my ordination (2005), and also during the year we started interfaith services at Pitt Street Uniting Church in June 2006. (Thank you […]

Remembering my mother

Remembering my mother

Remembering my perfect, beautiful, talented, unfailingly loving mother, Estelle Mary Brisco Dowrick, who died of cancer in December 1955, a month after her 38th birthday. It remains agonisingly incomprehensible to me that not only did my sister Geraldine and I spend most of our lives without her loving, reassuring, inspiring presence, but that she also […]

Thomas Merton on Seeking God

Thomas Merton on Seeking God

We must in all things seek God. But we do not seek Him the way we seek a lost object, a “thing.” He is present to us in our heart, in our personal subjectivity, and to seek Him is to recognize this fact. Yet we cannot be aware of it as a reality unless He […]

International Women’s Day: Let’s envision boldly

International Women’s Day: Let’s envision boldly

8 March 2016: International Women’s Day We have much to celebrate and a great deal still to achieve. Yes, you and I and everyone else surely wants every human being on earth to meet their potential and live in harmony and safety. But the difficulties and dangers that girls and women face remain specifically unjust […]

Writing the world from wherever you are

Writing the world from wherever you are

‘A mind that is stretched never returns to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell As the shorter, more reflective days of winter settle in, I am half way through my teaching months with the Faber Academy in Sydney, engrossed in bringing to my talented, serious, highly alert students all that I can to increase their pleasure […]

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