Universal Heart news and Book Club

Dear friends

This may well be the briefest newsletter you have ever received from me! I am out and about this week reading my new children’s book, preparing for this coming Sunday’s service, completing the manuscript for a book to be with you late in 2013, and getting ready for the writing workshop in Japan. Enough said!! But I do want you to have the reminders that follow, especially about the interfaith service in Sydney this Sunday – and what’s new at the Universal Heart Book Club.

Interfaith service in Sydney, nourishing you for the month ahead. Inclusive prayers and readings, a talk, glorious music from Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, tea and coffee afterwards in good company. It’s this Sunday 21 October, 3pm. Please come a little earlier if you can. 264 Pitt Street (Uniting Church), Sydney. One block from Town Hall. Our theme this month is renewal. It feels very timely to me. Singing beforehand with Elizabeth Lecoanet from 1.15. (Also a delight – all welcome, no cost.) Last month’s talk from the service is now up on YouTube. Just click on this link Interfaith in Sydney YouTube. Thanks to Brad Harris who films and make the talks available way beyond Sydney.

The Moon Shines out of the Dark is out this month! This is my first book for children for many years and has been a delight from start to finish. Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, it’s the story of Harry who waits through a long night for the moon to reappear, for his mother to come home (and she does!), and meanwhile thinks about what he treasures most in his daily life. The illustrations took Anne two years to complete and are stunning. In Australia and New Zealand it should be in your local bookshops. It’s also discounted at my on-line bookshop administered by Seek/Collins. Age range about 4-8, plus adults who love picture books.

Still with books, I want to remind you of the new American edition of Everyday Kindness. For Universal Heart Networkers in the US, UK, Europe, Africa… It should be available in local bookstores, and is discounted at the on-line bookstores where you can also post your invaluable readers’ reviews. It is a most practical guide to living with greater concern, respect and appreciation for yourself and others. In short chapters, it covers food, mood, exercise, parenting, work, as well as personal relationships and self-confidence. Again, share your reactions with me. Perhaps on Facebook?  (It’s so easy to meet there.)

Your Universal Heart Book Club is going from strength to strength! I do hope that you are visiting that website regularly. We have some wonderful writers contributing articles, including Jane Goodall this month on The Hare with Amber Eyes and Sharon Snir on the true stories in her Little Book of Everyday Miracles. We post stories throughout the month, and the new video will be up next week, featuring a discussion between Walter Mason and myself on the very entertaining Buddhaland Brooklyn and Andrew Harvey’s The Hope. There’s a video each month as well as the illustrated articles and reviews. Do think of this as your “Readers Journal” and participate freely.

A special treat for those of you in Brisbane or nearby. My dear friends and consummate musicians, Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, regularly sing at our interfaith services – and will this Sunday. Next week, on 25 October, they are giving a concert of sacred music in Brisbane at the PowerHouse. Here’s the link. It will be utterly beautiful.

Finally, in a world where activity can so easily run riot – as I certainly know – a reminder from Taoist poet Lao-Tzu that, “when you discover stillness…the world is made new.”

Have a wonderful month. My very kindest wishes to all, Stephanie Dowrick