Stephanie Dowrick at Mana Retreat Centre 2017

Stephanie Dowrick at Mana Retreat Centre 2017

Welcome! We deeply appreciate your interest in joining us for a sacred retreat. “Our search for the sacred connects us effortlessly to all living beings. It lets us discover what is most treasured and transformative in human experience. It lets us see existence itself as entirely precious. What we regard as precious, we will naturally […]

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on transformative appreciation

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on transformative appreciation

On 19 June 2016,  the tenth anniversary of our services at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick spoke on the beautiful topic of deep appreciation. This is a radical, transformative quality when we allow it to be, dramatically challenging the competitive, aggressive, cynical way of life that can come to seem “normal” […]

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 […]

Stephanie Dowrick biography

Stephanie Dowrick biography

Writer * Social activist * Retreat leader * Interfaith minister * teacher “Stephanie Dowrick’s writing and career are characterised by motifs of renewal and re-imagining..Dowrick’s work is eclectically informed and pioneering…” Felicity Plunkett, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Reverend Stephanie Dowrick, PhD, is a leader and pioneer in interfaith, post-denominational spirituality and inter-religious understanding. […]

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 […]

Making Peace With Yourself: Spring Retreat

Making Peace With Yourself: Spring Retreat

Making Peace With Yourself Spiritual Renewal at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand, with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick 29 September – 5 October 2016 A spiritual retreat offers a unique chance to step back from daily life to find and sustain far greater peace within. In the company of others, and in an exquisitely beautiful […]

Invitations from Stephanie Dowrick

Invitations from Stephanie Dowrick

Auckland sacred service 10 April. Sydney sacred service 17 April.  One-day writing course, Sydney, 11 June. Dear Universal Heart Network friends If you are in or near either Auckland or Sydney, I would love to see you at one of the above services. The service in Auckland is usually led by my wonderful friend and […]

Reclaiming the inclusive Jesus

Reclaiming the inclusive Jesus

Is it still possible for someone attempting to learn from the quiet, magnificently radical and unconditionally inclusive example of Jesus to call him- or herself a Christian? Or perhaps it would be cowardly not to do so…to allow the word to be taken and misused? Or perhaps the words themselves matter far less than living […]

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 […]

Stephanie Dowrick explores “Right View”

Stephanie Dowrick explores “Right View”

Buddhism’s Noble 8-fold path is a marvelously steadying guide for any of us to live by – but it also requires that we think about how as well as what we will understand; how we will interpret our own and others’ thoughts, choices, actions; and especially what bring us meaning and how we will live. […]

Greetings from Stephanie Dowrick

Greetings from Stephanie Dowrick

Dear Universal Heart Network friends We have our very first service of the year this Sunday 21 February, and if you are able to be in Sydney, it would be wonderful to welcome you: Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney. (Nearest cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) Starting promptly at 3pm – […]

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