For nearly 10 years, Reverend Graham Long has been the pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel in Sydney’s Kings Cross. During that time he has worked tirelessly to serve the community, offering guidance and support to those in need. Long’s autobiography and memoir Love Over Hate: Finding life by the wayside chronicles his journey—from the social worker who became a postman, to the postman who became a pastor—with all life’s twists and turns along the way.
Love Over Hate explores the day-to-day life in Kings Cross—a community often judged for its problems, rather than the beauty and dignity of its people. The landscape is depicted with poignancy and honesty including the struggles faced by the homeless, those who’ve suffered abuse or battled alcoholism or drugs. There are also wonderful examples of perseverance and fortitude, as well simple stories of the joy that can be found in the smallest gestures of kindness.
Underpinning The Wayside’s vibrant community is the notion of ‘meeting’ people rather than ‘fixing’ them. Actor Claudia Karvan captures the importance of this philosophy in her foreword, “This book is a human plea, a cry out for reason, a shout for love, a howl at illusions, and a sound for presence and for wonder… Let’s imagine a world where even a quarter of the illuminations in this book were put into practice!”
Love Over Hate provides an invaluable insight into Long’s life approach, offering a snapshot of life at the coalface of humanity; one he has been documenting in his weekly Inner Circle newsletters and broadcasts since 2004.
Within the pages of Love Over Hate you’ll find lessons on humanity and the strength and tenacity of the human spirit. Long provokes thought and discussion around the notions of love, hate, power and the ‘self’. He challenges the reader to reflect upon their life and the contribution they make to society.