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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

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Stephanie Dowrick: Australia’s choice to “arm” the arms industries

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/secret-mens-business-of-the-arms-industry-needs-exposure-20180202-h0spx3.html When governments make decisions that may offend or appall many of us, or that seem to be utterly against the public good, we can only assume they are relying upon our short attention span, or perhaps feelings of helplessness: “What difference can I make?” Well, we can do a

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Stephanie Dowrick discusses Integrity & Moral Intelligence

An absence of moral compass in political and corporate leadership is increasingly decried. We talk about it. Legitimately, we complain. And we worry. What people instinctively miss, I believe, is the steadiness, courage and yes, humility, that such leadership implies, plus the hope and vision it generates. They also miss

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No place for race or religious hatred

Perhaps the greatest stain on Christianity is its centuries-long abhorrent treatment of Jewish people. This persecution is more than tragic given that Jesus was himself, and was always, a Jew. When we consider recent events like that of Charlottesville, they should horrify us not only because those marching with the

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Want your children to be happy?

You can certainly help your children to be happier by becoming happier (more engaged, more considerate, and kinder) yourself. Of course you want your children to be happy! Whatever our culture, we share that. But do you know how? Endless gratification of “I want” certainly doesn’t do it. In fact,

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Spiritual transformation: the essential prelude to peace

Spiritual transformation: the essential prelude to peace What follows is a revised version of the talk I gave at the Common Dreams (progressive Christianity) conference in Sydney in 2007.  I am re-posting this in January 2015…in a world in which an understanding of non-violence has become even more urgent…and on

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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,

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Stephanie Dowrick on self-acceptance and self-love

“Loving ourselves” should be entirely natural. It should also lead us away from anxious self-obsession and certainly far away from debilitating self-pity. In fact, self-love – when we understand it – should lead us towards an easy acceptance of our gifts, gratitude for our strengths, as well as a willingness

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Universal Heart Newsletter – Heaven on Earth publication

Publication of Heaven on Earth * New bookstore link: free postage  *  “Heavenly”: Special concert announcement for 23 November 2013  * Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 20 October 2013, 3pm  *  Stephanie on ABC RN’s “Spirit of Things”  *  YouTube talks * Regular inspiration on FACEBOOK Dear friends What a

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Universal Heart Newsletter September 2013 (new book!)

Interfaith service, Sydney, this Sunday 15 September 2013, 3pm  * Retreats – October * Visiting the Universal Heart Book Club  * YouTube talks * Regular inspiration on FACEBOOK  * New book on its way! * A gratitude prayer (even for those who never pray) Dear friends This Sunday, 15 September, is

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Foreign aid benefits everyone

We all love a bargain – and are all inclined to congratulate ourselves when we find one. I certainly do…especially when it comes to my weakness around nice clothes. But how often do we stop to remember that our “bargain” is possible only because someone has made our briefly-desired object

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Stephanie Dowrick thinks about work

Countless people draw on work for identity as much as income. But this can leave people feeling immensely vulnerable to others’ decisions and whims. Far greater freedom can come from consciously deciding that no matter what your work is, what most positively affects your wellbeing are the values you seek

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A weight off your mind? Thinking your way to a healthier body.

In Dr Stephanie Dowrick’s latest book, EVERYDAY KINDNESS, she writes extensively – and with compassion and great encouragement – about mood, food (what we put into our bodies and our minds), as well as our attitudes to our own and other people’s bodies. Here is an abridged extract from her book

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Anna Funder’s All That I Am

Stephanie Dowrick reviews Anna Funder’s exceptional debut novel, recent winner of the Miles Franklin (published by Penguin Australia). This review first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. What kind of people dare to dream of a better world than the one in which they find themselves? Ruth – one of

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Reading recommendations!

My on-line bookstore is administered and run by Seek/Collins and is less than exciting in design (I’m in their hands on this). However, because of their size it offers a vast range of books, many available immediately, and all at a minimum discount of 10% off the retail price. That

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Cheers, anyone?

One in 8 Australian adults drinks alcohol to excess. Fourteen per cent of our children live with at least one parent who drinks to excess. (And is frightening, sometimes violent and always unsafe and self-absorbed.) More than 3000 Australians die each year as the result of excessive drinking. Alcohol abuse

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Stephanie Dowrick on choice and freedom

Most of us talk a great deal about freedom. And regard it as an ideal. Living that ideal though – and the sense of choice and inner authority that it implies – is something else altogether. In my own life I struggle not to use the “slave” words: “have to”,

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A whole life

Thomas Merton: “If you want a spiritual life, you must unify your life. A life is either all spiritual or not at all. No man [or woman] can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you

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