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Gutter Philosophy, with Reverend Graham Long AM: Week Three

"Where is my centre" - Based on the teachers of Buber.



Philosophy should not be reserved for the academics and the elite. It should be available to everyone, from the gutter to the penthouse.

Over three consecutive weeks from Tuesday 17 September, Wayside Chapel will be hosting an event series Gutter Philosophy with Pastor Emeritus, Rev Graham Long. Join Graham each week as he leads the discussion on the big questions about life, the self and society, based on different philosophical teachings. The event will include light refreshments including tea and coffee and will finish with an inclusive Q&A session.

Week 1: 17 Sept - Can we be certain of anything? (Socrates, Plato & Aristotle) 

Week 2: 24 Sept - What makes an act moral? (Bentham & Kant) 

Week 3: 1 Oct - Where is my centre? (Buber) 



Rev Graham Long joined Wayside in 2004 and has become an oracle of Kings Cross. He has been instrumental in creating a community of no ‘us and them’ and each day he is a listening ear to those on and around the streets of Kings Cross. Graham is an accomplished author and speaker. His books include; Wayside (2016), Love over Hate: Finding life by the wayside (2013) and Stories by the Wayside (2011). Graham was admitted to the Order of Australia as an AM in 2015. He has been married to Robyn for 40 years. They have a daughter Mandy. Their son James died in 2009.

Graham trained for ministry from 1979 to 1982. After a few years in church ministry, he became a chaplain to Parramatta Prison and he ran a church welfare agency. 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. Prior to joining Wayside, Graham was on a sabbatical as a Postie – he had just learnt to master his little bike when Wayside called him to be the next Minister.

Rev Graham Long stepped down from the role of CEO and Pastor of Wayside Chapel in June 2018 and handed over the torch to Pastor Jon Owen. He began the role of Pastor Emeritus, continuing to offer guidance and teachings to Wayside Chapel’s community.

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