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Stories from the Wayside
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‘We’re not much like a church, which might suit you if you’re not much like a Christian.’With these words the Reverend Graham Long of The Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross describes the place that many street people call home. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the place, the people who work within its walls and the visitors for whom the Wayside is a welcome support system.

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Overview

‘We’re not much like a church, which might suit you if you’re not much like a Christian.’

With these words the Reverend Graham Long of The Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross describes the place that many street people call home. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the place, the people who work within its walls and the visitors for whom the Wayside is a welcome support system.

Four Australian photographers have captured the mood of the Wayside during the chapel’s last two months, before it was demolished to make way for a new building. The four also mentored three of the Wayside’s visitors in the art of photography. The result is a collection of often-surprising images revealing both the emotional and physical territory of the landscape around the Wayside. Every picture tells a different story.

Accompanying the superb photography is a collection of emails, written over a period of five years, which reveal both the light and dark aspects of life on the streets and at the chapel. Humour, joy, pain and drama unfold with every email as the reader learns about the people who present themselves every day for a dose of love by the Wayside.

The renovation will change more than the bricks and mortar. The chapel’s renewal is a symbol of hope in the Kings Cross community for a brighter future in the decades to come. This book aims to reinforce that change in attitude by showcasing the wonderful human face of those who have dropped by the Wayside.

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Reverend Graham Long

At the time that Wayside called him into Ministry, Graham was a postie. He'd almost perfected riding a little motor bike when Wayside called him to be their next Minister. In his first life, Graham was a social worker in South Australia, specialising in the field of child protection. Graham trained for ministry from 1979 to 1982. After a few years in church ministry, Graham became a chaplain to Parramatta Prison and he ran a church welfare agency. Academically, after ordination, Graham pursued studies in philosophy achieving degrees from Catholic Theological Union and from the Catholic Institute of Sydney. A Masters with honours degree was halted when a near fatal motorcycle accident changed all of life's priorities in 2001. Graham has been married to Robyn for 37 years.