Universal Heart Newsletter

Sustaining our compassion YouTube talk    Easy communications via the “Official Stephanie Dowrick” Facebook page Australian Women’s Weekly: “The Case for God”       Easter Retreat (21-25 April) plus Writing in Kyoto (Oct/Nov)       Interfaith in Sydney 17 April 3pm        On-line book buying Inspiration from Gandhi      Stephanie’s website http://www.stephaniedowrick.com

Dear Universal Heart friends

Heartfelt greetings to all. I hope you are well?  In the short time since I last wrote our need seems to have further intensified to support one another in meaningful ways. Last night as I was preparing this Newsletter news came of yet more earthquake tremors suffered by people in Japan. Then early this morning I heard someone describe on radio the small, brave steps being taken each day in Christchurch as people there try to rediscover what “normal” might mean for themselves and their families.

It’s a huge responsibility to keep minds and hearts open so that we can offer thoughtful support rather than turning away. Yet this is far less difficult than living first-hand with the consequences of these disasters and I believe we owe our human family that compassion, whatever reluctance or inadequacy we may feel. At last month’s interfaith service in Sydney I spoke on this theme of sustaining our compassion (for our own sakes, too). You are most welcome to catch up with part of this talk: http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/frontpage/interfaith-in-sydney-20-march-2011/

This YouTube recording is an extra way of keeping in touch with this Network also and for you to share with others.  Let me know if you enjoy this new use of our astonishing social media. You can post a comment on YouTube or my Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Stephanie-Dowrick/163507037001204

As a more frequent way of staying in touch, you need to “like” my Facebook page (“Official Stephanie Dowrick” FB page only please, others in my name are NOTHING to do with me!). FB lets you leave your comments and I am currently posting about once a week with an article or news of events.

Back in the world of ink and paper, have you seen”The Case for God” in this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly? I was touched and surprised to have this opportunity to write about this pivotal topic in a mainstream women’s magazine. I am  writing, as usual, from a contemporary ethical and inclusive perspective and if you enjoy the article do please let AWW know: openline@acpmagazines.com.au All media outlets are influenced by readers’ responses. Great to let them know we want more than diet and celebrity stories!

As of today, we have two unexpected spaces at the Easter Retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ. I will be teaching on key themes from Seeking the Sacred. Contact Mana Retreat Centre right away if you are interested. Telephone (NZ) 07 866 8972. email: be@manaretreat.com I will be teaching at Mana again in October. For that retreat, too, please contact Mana soonest.

Some of you have been asking about this year’s Japan trip. William Suganda and I are keeping open the Writing in Kyoto workshop (31 Oct- 9 November 2011). Kyoto is far from Tokyo and Fukushima and of course we will continue to monitor the situation. To enquire or see the quite beautiful itinerary please email: william@inspiredtraveller.com.au You can check on other events via this link: http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/events/events-2011-2/

Details follow for the regular Interfaith services in Sydney. To remind you: meditation is weekly, monthly services each 3rd Sunday at 3pm. Those of you far from Sydney can now share at least part of the service through the YouTube link. Nothing replaces being there however. And this month Kim Cunio and Heather Lee will be singing particularly sublime music. Everyone is welcome.

Details also follow for the on-line bookshop directly supporting the work of this Network.  It’s also easily accessed via my website http://www.stephaniedowrick.com. I am grateful to all of you who continue to buy books in this way. CDs include Peaceful Mind – made with Kim (he provides music, I wrote and speak the commentaries) and visionary soprano Heather Lee sings on one of the tracks. You can order books from this site by virtually any writer. They access over a million titles.

If you haven’t yet read Seeking the Sacred – published in November last year – a link follows to the reviews. My work on this book continues through the retreats, talks and articles that so preoccupy me. It truly is a topic deserving of a lifetime’s thought.  http://www.stephaniedowrick.com/news/seeking-the-sacred-reviews/

The theme of Seeking the Sacred is summed up for me in a quote I use from Gandhi (p 168) and do my best to live: “I believe in the essential unity of all people and, for that matter, of all that lives. Therefore I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent.”

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I am so aware of how much pours into our email letter boxes. That you are staying in touch through this Network means a great deal to me.

Stephanie Dowrick

Please scroll down for more complete information on Interfaith Services and the on-line Bookshop.

Interfaith service, Sydney, Sunday 17 April, 3pm


These spiritually inclusive services are held on the third Sunday of each month at 3pm – except January. Now in their fifth year, the services may meet your needs for a time of unconditional acceptance, deep peace and spiritual renewal. They include teachings, prayers and readings from a variety of traditions, sublime music from Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, a short talk, and a time of social gathering and conversation for those who want that.

Details: Interfaith in Sydney with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick. 3rd Sundays, 3pm. Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000. Nearest cross Street is Park. Some street parking. Excellent public transport (nr Town Hall). Services around 75 minutes. Children always welcome. Music from esteemed musicians, Dr Kim Cunio and Heather Lee.

Meditation each Wednesday at Pitt Street Uniting, 6-6.45pm.  Suitable for all levels. No charge.

Books/CDs on line

From this portal to Seekbooks, Australia’s biggest on-line booksellers, you can order at a small discount from their complete range and directly support the Universal Heart Network. Forgiveness & Other Acts of Love is again available, as is The Almost-Perfect Marriage. In the Company of Rilke, Seeking the Sacred, and the beautiful guided meditation CD with musician Kim Cunio, Peaceful Mind, are also there, as are a million other titles. Postage is pegged at $6.95 for an unlimited number of items. Sales of all books directly benefit the Universal Heart Network via a small refund.

I hope you will regularly visit my beautifully redesigned website: http://www.stephaniedowrick.com It’s become an extension of my desk and writing life in a way I could not have imagined even a year or two ago.

Blessings. 12 April 2011.