Taking Refuge, Finding Courage: a talk by Dr. Stephanie Dowrick given on 16 March 2014 at Interfaith in Sydney, Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church. In this talk, Stephanie Dowrick brings together two vital themes: concern for the many millions who are without a safe home in our world, including refugees and asylum seekers – currently so cruelly treated by many countries including Australia – and also our urgent need to discover our hearts and souls as an inner sanctuary, a “place of refuge” and an infinite resource for a more conscious life. We need this not for our own sake solely, but – and urgently – in order that we can move through the world more generously and inclusively. Stephanie Dowrick has been leading monthly services at Pitt Street Uniting Church since June 2006. All welcome to these truly inclusive, deeply uplifting gatherings. You are welcome to leave comments on Stephanie Dowrick’s FACEBOOK page.
“Your life is and can be your greatest teacher!” Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, in this immensely accessible talk, shows how we can bring to life the sacred power of illumination in our everyday lives. She particularly shows how this idea, ideal, experience can allow us to learn from every one of our experiences – those that are welcome and those that are not – as well as understanding what “coming awake” means, along with our power to choose. The talk was recorded at the spiritually inclusive monthly services Dr Dowrick leads at Pitt Street Uniting Church, in Sydney. (3rd Sundays; 3pm) Given in February 2014, this was a most powerful way to begin our services for 2014: giving each of us a real chance to dive deep into an understanding of what “seeing” truly means and how this can transform or transfigure our lives and clarify what matters most and where we can give our lives and attention. Please note that all of the recorded video talks from the services that Stephanie leads are available via InterfaithinSydney YouTube link.
Heaven on Earth: Timeless Prayers of Wisdom and Love is Dr Stephanie Dowrick’s most recent book and in this short talk, recorded in December 2013 at Sutherland Shire Library, Sydney, Stephanie speaks persuasively about the power of prayer to help us – and especially how we can pray in ways that are nourishing, uniting, and healing. Whether or not we “believe” in prayer, it can become a priceless resource. As she says in her book, “Prayer is itself an answer.” A CD of Stephanie Dowrick reading some of the book’s prayers is also available. Called HEAVENLY, music is from Dr Kim Cunio and sales details are available on www.stephaniedowrick.com and also Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page as well as on the new website http://www.universalheartmusic.com.
At the monthly spiritually inclusive services she leads at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, Dr Stephanie Dowrick brings our attention to what it might mean to think with generosity about ALL the people with whom we share our planet. What would it mean to give up our habits of divisive, exclusionary thinking, and also to grow in discernment and sense of choice about the thoughts and inspirations we welcome into our own minds and hearts? What’s more, she gently challenges us to consider how are we offering compassion to the parts of our own selves that perhaps we have not yet fully owned. This is a deeply encouraging talk, recorded in December 2013, and intended for the Christmas season and way beyond. Please note that all of the recorded video talks from the services that Stephanie leads are available via InterfaithinSydney YouTube link.
Using the idea of the earth as our most vital teacher, Dr Stephanie Dowrick invites us to renew our love for the physical universal. “As long as we are in the physical body, we are one with that universe.” This allows us to cherish the seasons of life and the truth that life is constantly renewing. “Nature is in us and we are in nature.” This talk, recorded in November 2013 at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, brings the richly potent ideas of ecospirituality to life and makes them highly relevant to all our efforts to save our world, to save all species and to enhance our joy and appreciation in living. Please note that all of the recorded video talks from the services that Stephanie Dowrick leads are available via InterfaithinSydney YouTube link.
“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 more than to begin to understand what “life” is…how sacred all of life is, and how intrinsic our own self-worth can be? This allows us to live from a place of humility, stability and great inner strength and connection. Please note that all of the recorded video talks from the services that Stephanie leads are available via InterfaithinSydney YouTube link.
We are pleased to share a talk given in July 2013 by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick at Interfaith in Sydney, Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, where she invites us to grow in spiritual strength and wholeness…and to see the reality, truth and strength of our interconnectedness. Oddly – or perhaps not – Stephanie was less than perfectly well when she gave this talk which adds depth to the insights she brings to us about our true or eternal nature and how we live and express that. As often before, she brings our attention to choice…and the freedoms that come with our awareness of choice and our power to choose wisely. Please note that all of the recorded video talks from the services that Stephanie leads are available via InterfaithinSydney YouTube link.
Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaks here on the gloriously transformative power of living thankfully. The talk was recorded at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, in June 2013. Please note that all of the recorded video talks from the services that Stephanie leads are available via InterfaithinSydney YouTube link.
This talk, from the monthly (3rd Sundays, 3pm) interfaith services at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney, led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, takes us to the personal heart of living peacefully and happily. Stephanie pays particular attention to unnecessary suffering…and how to avoid it. She draws upon her deep understanding and appreciation of the Four Noble Truths – and while this talk is a little longer than most on our YouTube channel, it is worth the extra minutes to honour the Buddhist and universal wisdom that inspired it. You are welcome to comment on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page.
Please enjoy this short, heartfelt talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on what it means to “grow in spirit” even and sometimes especially when your circumstances are hard or especially challenging. No, this is not “easy” – but it is slowly possible – and the benefits will resonate throughout our lives. On the day she gave this talk, Stephanie herself was under considerable pressure which adds to the sense in many of her talks that she is unconditionally “with us” and not teaching or preaching from any distance. She herself was inspired that day by these words from Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield:
In this short video talk, you can hear Dr Stephanie Dowrick giving the Sunday “sermon” at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney. She uses her commitment to spiritual and social inclusivity and harmony to draw our attention to key universal “messages of love” while inviting us also to be “messengers of love”. On 21 July 2013 Stephanie Dowrick will lead the monthly INTERFAITH service at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney. All truly welcome. Please come a little earlier than 3pm as the services must begin promptly.
This short talk on wisdom – and its relevance in contemporary life – by Dr Stephanie Dowrick begins with a famous teaching from the Wisdom of Solomon. Stephanie uses it as a springboard to invite us to think freshly about wisdom and particularly about the wisdom we learn first-hand: from the experiences of our own lives. To “get” this, she suggests, we also need to think deeply about humility, neither putting ourselves too far up or down, but instead co-operating with our circumstances, causing least harm to ourselves and others, and trusting an instinct for wisdom and compassion that’s part of our human and divine inheritance, but that must be approached and thought about with care. This talk was recorded at the regular monthly Interfaith service at Pitt Street Uniting, Church, Sydney, on 19 May 2013. Your comments are welcome on Stephanie Dowrick’s public Facebook page. Stephanie will also be teaching at greater length on wisdom during the October retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, New Zealand (3-6, 6-9 October 2013.) For details of how to register for this retreat, please contact Mana direct.
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. “Are we spiritually ambitious enough?” she asks. And then she encourages us to care far, far more. You can share your comments on this powerful talk on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page. You can also share this link with your own networks to spread a message of happiness that can reduce suffering; we can be the cause of happiness – even sometimes in the face of grief and sorrow – because happiness is not just pleasure, joy and fun, it is also a state of aliveness, wholeness and even holiness that has abundant room for compassion, forgiveness and great tenderness.
At the monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services she leads at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick brings us ideas and inspirations that can sustain us spiritually and emotionally whatever our life circumstances. This month (April 2013), she speaks about gratitude – with some very fresh thoughts about gratitude as a way of life and being, and also about how essential it is to RECEIVE gratefully and appreciatively what others are giving us, and adding to our lives. You are free to comment on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page where she also offers daily inspirations. Thanks to Brad Harris for videoing and posting this talk. You can find other talks also on interfaithinsydney’s YouTube link. Please share this resource generously.
Take one quarter of one hour to hear this remarkably uplifting talk from Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick. With humour and compassion, she invites us to view our lives, even our struggles, from a place of hope and confidence. You are very welcome to share your thoughts on her Facebook page where she posts short daily inspirations. You are also deeply welcome to come to the Interfaith services led by Dr Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, each 3rd Sunday at 3pm. ALL welcome.
In the first of her “Interfaith in Sydney” talks for this year, Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick shares some surprising thoughts about harmony, and especially the need to embrace and even rejoice in difference. Harmony – inner and outer – is essential for our safety and our wellbeing. We hope you enjoy this talk and share it freely. Please direct any comments you may have to Stephanie Dowrick’s public Facebook page.
This is a timeless talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on the different PRACTICAL expressions of love that we all need – and can all give. They include hospitality, patience, forgiveness, appreciation, joy. Please join us in creating a more loving, appreciative, and certainly more joyful world. Your comments are always welcome on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page. We also highly recommend her books Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, The Universal Heart and Seeking the Sacred, for further depth and insight. They are available from bookstores and also on-line from the Stephanie Dowrick discount bookstore administered by Collins/Seek.
Please enjoy this unusually frank discussion of what it means to commit ourselves to a deep appreciation of life: to see ourselves as spiritual beings – with human challenges – and to see all of life as sacred, including the shadow. Dr Stephanie Dowrick was being interviewed on her book Seeking the Sacred, but this is her chance also to share her most personal and deeply felt views about the sacred and her life-long journey to understand and live it, in the complexity of 21st-century life.