Universal Heart Newsletter Sept 2011

Welcome friends!

Reading * Visiting South Australia * Peace-making * Mana Retreat Centre * You Tube talk * Elizabeth Lecoanet’s glorious singing * Special offer Seeking the Sacred * A poem from John O’Donohue * Service in Sydney

One of the web tools I now have measures not just how many newsletters go out but also how many are opened and (possibly?) read. We are doing well with this newsletter and if you are indeed reading this thank you for contributing to that. But I am still finding my way in these changed times between not mailing too often yet keeping you in touch with events and ideas that may sustain you.

A reminder that I will be in Adelaide on Sunday 11 September, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, to speak at a Multifaith event where I plan to explore the responsibilities of peace-making, but not between nations only: also among ourselves. I expressed it this way in one of my most recent “Tweets”: “Consider the “little” wars we wage in the privacy of our minds and with those we claim to love. No time to waste.” Less personally but just as crucially, I will also speak about religion and what “being religious” or “spiritual” might mean in 2011. I hope it will be encouraging of some of the inspirational themes I develop in Seeking the Sacred. Details are below, and also of a less formal talk on Tuesday 13 September in Hahndorf, SA.  As always, please let me know you are part of this Network.

I hear from Mana Retreat Center that there are now no guaranteed places left for the Springtime retreat which begins at the end of this month. Do call them in NZ 07 866 8972 if you want to be considered for the waiting list. Last-minute places sometimes emerge. Also please contact them now, perhaps by email: be@manaretreat.com if you want to be on the list for the 2012 Easter Retreat.  That fills fast.

We are also using the wonders of contemporary technology to make the talks from the Sydney interfaith services more widely available. The latest one –  it’s very short – is on reflection and action. I’ve used the familiar story of Martha and Mary as my springboard and it affirms the time that we need yet so easily give up: the time to think deeply, to reflect, to consider, to be inspired…and how this uplifts and changes our choices and actions. To hear that talk just click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnB6a-bePUc&feature=player_embedded

Please do feel free to comment on my Facebook page where it is so easy for you to share your thoughts and for me to respond. It certainly allows for the widest possible conversation.

From that same service you can hear Elizabeth Lecoanet’s inspired singing of John Rutter’s “God be in my head”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzjIIiNGoKY We usually have Kim Cunio and Heather Lee singing but they were touring in Victoria and it was wonderful to have Elizabeth – newly returned to Australia – with us. This is pure joy. And isn’t it just so astonishing that I can make it available to you in this way?

A reminder that the special offer of a COMBINED set of the 10 CDs of unabridged audio and the book of Seeking the Sacred is still available. I am the reader on the audio and was intrigued to read a few days ago where Ann Patchett (a terrific writer) said how her experience of a book changed when she heard it read…  I think Seeking works really well in audio even for those who have read it on the page. It was an intimate experience to record it. It seems an intimate experience also to hear it. That offer is available only through the Seekbooks on-line bookshop that helps to support my web site and this Network.

Some treasured words from poet John O’Donohue to finish. Details follow that of the South Australia events, also the next Interfaith service in Sydney.

Can you take a moment to forward this newsletter to all those in your own circles who might benefit?

My kindest wishes to each of you, and prayers for peace in your lives and hearts.

Stephanie Dowrick   http://www.stephaniedowrick.com

From John O’Donohue:

I arise today

Blessed by all things.

Wings of breath,

Delight of eyes,

Wonder of whisper,

Intimacy of touch,

Eternity of soul,

Urgency of thought,

Miracle of health,

Embrace of God.

May I live this day.

South Australia 11-13 September

Sunday 11 Sept Adelaide Multifaith Event at the Hawke Center. http://www.multifaithsa.org.au/events.htm

Tuesday 13 Sept Hahndorf  The “Roffey Reflection” 7.15pm Hanhdorf Old Mill, Main Street, Hahndorf. $15. Optional buffet dinner beforehand. Bookings necessary for dinner: 8388 7888. Sponsored by “Pub Spirit”.

Interfaith service, Sydney, 18 Sept, 3pm

These spiritually inclusive services are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 3 pm. Gathering momentum since 2006, these services may meet your needs for a time of unconditional acceptance, deep peace and spiritual renewal.

Details: Interfaith with Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick. 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. All welcome.

Books/CDs on line. http://stephaniedowrick.seekbooks.com.au/

The bookshop is a portal to Seekbooks where you can order safely and at a small discount from their complete range. All sales directly benefit the Universal Heart Network via a small refund. Postage is pegged at $6.95 for an unlimited number of items. Special offer currently for Audio book and printed book: Seeking the Sacred.

Have you visited Stephanie on FACEBOOK?

The “Official Stephanie Dowrick” Facebook page offers more frequent updates. Also the chance for you to comment and review others’ conversations about Stephanie’s work and the interests and values it reflects.