Interfaith In Sydney – Pitt Street Uniting Church
Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is widely known as the author of a number of books including “Seeking the Sacred”. She has been leading spiritually inclusive services at Pitt Street Uniting Church each month since 2006. This is one of the world’s largest interfaith congregations with people gathering from way beyond Sydney to enjoy uplifting teachings from different faith traditions, exquisite music, prayer and the healing power of an accepting community. Music provided by Dr Kim Cunio, Heather Lee and Elizabeth Lecoanet. All are welcome at 3pm on third Sunday of the month at the Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney (one block from Town Hall).
Interfaith In Cronulla – Cronulla Library
Reverend Shalani McCray graduated from OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary in 2011 but, with her extended family, has been involved with the interfaith community at Pitt Street Uniting Church for several years. Shalani now offers inclusive interfaith gatherings at Cronulla, Sydney, which she and friends were moved to create after the Cronulla riots in 2005.
Gatherings are held on the first Tuesday of every month in meeting room 2 of the Cronulla library and a not-for-profit organisation has been formed with office bearers to administer the local activities. Shalani sees her home faith community as Pitt Street and the Cronulla gatherings as an outreach or extension of that.
Interfaith in Gordon – Gordon Library
The Positive Living Spiritual Centre was founded by Reverend Laurie Lea Levine who has been leading spiritually inclusive gatherings in Sydney for nearly 7 years combining meditation, live music and singing, spiritual message, candle lighting, readings and sharing. The Centre is independent of any other group and combines New Thought, Science of Mind and Eastern philosophical and spiritual approaches. The core beliefs of the community are of the unity of life – that the highest God and the innermost God are one. There is no separation, only oneness and that God is good – there is no judgement, only acceptance and love . Gatherings are held on the last Sunday of each month at 4.00pm at the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Interfaith in Auckland – Subud Centre
The Auckland Interfaith community is an inclusive spiritual community led by Reverend Hilary Star which originated out of an Easter retreat facilitated by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick in 2004. Interfaith gatherings have been held every month since 2008 and are now in the Subud Centre, 19 Formby Avenue, Point Chevalier, originally a Baptist Church. Gatherings are warm and accepting, open to everyone and very relaxed.
Formby Avenue is a quiet suburban street, so it’s easy to find free street parking. Bus No. 045 will take you from the main railway station along Queen St. to Pt. Chevalier, the closest stop to the Centre. Buses 042 and 043 will take you to the junction of Great North Road and Pt. Chevalier. Keen cyclists can bring their bikes. However you get there we look forward to seeing you! https://www.facebook.com/InterfaithNewZealand
Retreats at the Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel Peninsula
Interfaith minister, writer and retreat leader, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick leads annual retreats at the beautiful Mana Retreat Centre, a dedicated retreat centre about three hours south of Auckland on the famed Coromandel Peninsula with Reverend Hilary Star, founder and leader of the Auckland Interfaith community. (Shuttles can be arranged and ferries are available).
It is impossible to imagine a lovelier landscape and the beauty and inspiration of the physical world is matched by the care and kindness of all who work there. Retreat life allows a far gentler and more healing pace than “ordinary” life, combining, as it does, highly supportive spiritual teaching, reflection, walks, rest, meditation (with guidance), delicious meals and optional body treatments including watsu and massage. You are most welcome to book extra days on either side of the retreats.