Peace for children in our world

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaks at the August 2014 spiritually inclusive service, held at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, celebrating childhood and praying for peace for all children in our world. These services are led by Stephanie Dowrick and held on the 3rd Sunday of each month. All welcome. Please share any comments you may have on Stephanie Dowrick’s Official Facebook page. You might also be interested to read Dr Dowrick’s review: “Challenge to humanity’s ‘Terrible love of war'”, available at the Universal Heart Book Club website.

Stephanie Dowrick helps us to heal ourselves and others

Dr Stephanie Dowrick offers a short, rich talk on this vital and timely topic: how we think about (and therefore treat) ourselves and others. The talk was recorded in May 2014 at a short retreat offered by Stephanie Dowrick at the Centre for Spiritual Learning, Wilton, NSW. Stephanie Dowrick’s next retreat will begin on 25 September at Mana Retreat Centre, New Zealand.

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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. We also invite you to check the video talks on the link for InterfaithinSydney on YouTube for a more complete record of Stephanie’s talks both at the services and retreats. You will also find music there, and other talks from these beautiful, uniformly uplifting services.

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 lives; to become more meaningfully aware of the effect of your conduct on others; to become capable of asking three essential questions: “How can I help?”, “Is this kind?”, “Where is this taking me?”. She draws on ancient calls to simplicity from the Tao te Ching and from the Dhammapada to peel away some contemporary layers of confusion and anxiety, and to support us towards greater compassion, engagement and joy. You are very welcome to comment or share your experience of this talk on Stephanie Dowrick’s public FACEBOOK page.

Stephanie Dowrick offers spiritual support in this secular age

Dr Stephanie Dowrick on refugees and “taking refuge”

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.

Dr Stephanie Dowrick on seeking and finding illumination

“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.

Stephanie Dowrick speaks informally on the power of prayer

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.

Dr Stephanie Dowrick considers “hospitality” as a key spiritual practice

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.

Dr Stephanie Dowrick: “We are one with the earth”

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.

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 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.

Dr Stephanie Dowrick invites us to grow in spirit and wholeness

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.

Dr Stephanie Dowrick on living thankfully

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.

Stephanie Dowrick invites us to “wake up”

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Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaks on peace (and the Four Noble Truths)

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.

Stephanie Dowrick encourages you to grow braver in spirit

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:

Stephanie Dowrick on the power of living thankfully

Stephanie Dowrick offers “messages of love”

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.

Stephanie Dowrick speaks on wisdom and humility

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.

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. “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.