Dear Universal Heart friends
Details follow with links for getting books and CDs; plus links to the AUDIO editions of some of my books and – not least – the YouTube talks that some of you return to for support. Facebook and other details ABOVE. I am also including with this newsletter/post some of my many photos from amazing Bhutan – where I’ve just been travelling with my co-leader, William Suganda of Inspired Traveller, and 17 other eager pilgrims. What an experience it was! There was so much to love and admire – and emulate. In fact, it’s almost impossible to describe just how touching it was to be in a country where “happiness” is widely understood as emerging from how deeply we value and respect our own and other people’s lives.
Stephanie Dowrick is a life-long social activist and peace-maker. She reflects here on the wisdom of non-violence and the urgent necessity of our understanding this – and bringing it to life. Her many books include Seeking the Sacred.
Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaks at a special service held at Pitt Street Uniting Church in August 2014 to celebrate the beauty of childhood and to give us a vital chance to think and pray together so that we might more imaginatively and compassionately create a world of peace for all…and most especially for the world’s children. She also reflects on how her own peace activism has changed over many years: that we cannot afford to bring “violence” to our peace-making, even when we feel most outraged by acts of and justifications for violence. We need greater peace, she suggests, we also need greater love. “We need to bring to our peace-making the gifts of love. …We will achieve peace in our world, we will create a more peaceful world for all, that every child deserves…only when we love them more and love them far less selectively and conditionally.”