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   Reverend Graham Long invites everyone to Wayside Chapel's 49th annual free Christmas lunch: "Don't be on your own and be miserable - come out and be miserable with us"

25 Dec 2012 04:38 AM   |   2988 clicks   |   Abc.net.au
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Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  
I like his style.

25 Dec 2012 04:31 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
Guests sat under a block-long marquee as the rain began in earnest, singing carols and enjoying the antics of an exuberant choir.

Reverend Long says the chapel has hosted the party for almost half a century, since 1964.

"Originally it started out as a smallish barbecue in the back alley and it just grew over the years," he said.

Ken Sharpe, 80, in a cork hat bedecked with bells and kangaroos, says the party is "a damn good idea".

"Look around - the feeling. As the daughter says, she hugs and kisses people that another time you'd cross the street to get away from," he said.

"People should do good things for other people and they don't need religion as a crutch, they should just do it."

Reverend Long agrees: "This is very street, you know. We try to keep the bullshiat to a minimum."

Followed by a picture of the Pope in full regalia.

This article was all kinds of awesome.

25 Dec 2012 04:39 AM
Ed Finnerty     
FTFA: "There are people from every strata, really, we just say don't be alone," he said.

That's all fine and dandy until the Hawk People show up.

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Seriously, good on them.

25 Dec 2012 04:46 AM
othmar     
well i am demylinating i am not miserable about it none at all .. i am happy

25 Dec 2012 04:49 AM
GreenSun     
What's up with the picture of the pope preparing to fire an energy blast?

25 Dec 2012 04:56 AM
Philbb    [TotalFark]  
FTFA: He says today is the best day of the year to share with others.

I don't know about that. This time of year most food banks, charities, and soup kitchens are overflowing with volunteers and donations because of the holidays. The lean times are at other times of year when people are less likely to think about charity and helping their fellow man. I do my volunteering with things like this in late spring, midsummer, and early autumn. That is partly for my own comfort so I don't have to deal with the crowds that show up to help during the holiday season.

But other than that this is so very awesome. I wish more of us would follow this example around the world. Find a group that you can support in your community and go make a difference to real people. Volunteer, donate, or just help get the word out.

25 Dec 2012 05:01 AM
Salt Lick Steady     
"Look around - the feeling. As the daughter says, she hugs and kisses people that another time you'd cross the street to get away from," he said.

Wow, this about sums up what drives me crazy about christmas. But congrats to the man.

25 Dec 2012 05:13 AM
RealFarknMcCoy2     

Philbb: FTFA: He says today is the best day of the year to share with others.

I don't know about that. This time of year most food banks, charities, and soup kitchens are overflowing with volunteers and donations because of the holidays. The lean times are at other times of year when people are less likely to think about charity and helping their fellow man. I do my volunteering with things like this in late spring, midsummer, and early autumn. That is partly for my own comfort so I don't have to deal with the crowds that show up to help during the holiday season.

But other than that this is so very awesome. I wish more of us would follow this example around the world. Find a group that you can support in your community and go make a difference to real people. Volunteer, donate, or just help get the word out.


I think he meant "share the day with others", as in, spend time with others...

/heard him on the radio yesterday with the quote in the headline and I laughed out loud. Seriously, a Reverend who swears and makes jokes about Christmas - cool guy.
//subby

25 Dec 2012 05:14 AM
fusillade762    [TotalFark]  
Why can't we be like that every day???

25 Dec 2012 05:50 AM
fusillade762    [TotalFark]  
before midday (AEST)

Wait, what time is that?

25 Dec 2012 05:51 AM
KrispyKritter     
stunned 5 terrible comments have not yet been posted already. the men of the cloth haters must be asleep with bellies full of I Hate Christmas punch.

25 Dec 2012 05:52 AM
Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  

fusillade762: before midday (AEST)

Wait, what time is that?


Australian Eastern Standard Time

25 Dec 2012 05:57 AM
Philbb    [TotalFark]  

RealFarknMcCoy2: I think he meant "share the day with others", as in, spend time with others...

/heard him on the radio yesterday with the quote in the headline and I laughed out loud. Seriously, a Reverend who swears and makes jokes about Christmas - cool guy.


I don't mean to detract from anything that Reverend Graham Long says. I agree with him wholeheartedly. As I said in my post, I was only talking about the one sentence. I just wanted to mention that those who are in need are still in need at other times of the year. I agree with you that Reverend Graham Long is an actual hero in our society.

25 Dec 2012 06:00 AM
Mock26     
Some of us like to be alone and are perfectly happy that way. I will get up around noon, make a big breakfast of eggs, ham, hashbrowns, bagel, and coffee. I will then spend the afternoon writing JavaScript while watching Season 2 of Babylon Five and possibly a couple christmas movies (Bernard and the Genie) and then later that night I will roast duck. It will be a fine day for me.

25 Dec 2012 06:33 AM
Fapinator     

Philbb: I don't mean to detract from anything that Reverend Graham Long says. I agree with him wholeheartedly. As I said in my post, I was only talking about the one sentence. I just wanted to mention that those who are in need are still in need at other times of the year. I agree with you that Reverend Graham Long is an actual hero in our society.


You're quite right about the other times of the year though. There's a soup kitchen/homeless shelter here that has a really hard time getting volunteers in the summer. A retired lady who lives on my street goes there to help as often as she feels up to it. One time she said to me "most of the year poor people just become invisible to everyone else."

I agree that Rev. Long is a hero.

25 Dec 2012 06:39 AM
dickfreckle     

Philbb: FTFA: He says today is the best day of the year to share with others.

I don't know about that. This time of year most food banks, charities, and soup kitchens are overflowing with volunteers and donations because of the holidays. The lean times are at other times of year when people are less likely to think about charity and helping their fellow man. I do my volunteering with things like this in late spring, midsummer, and early autumn. That is partly for my own comfort so I don't have to deal with the crowds that show up to help during the holiday season.

But other than that this is so very awesome. I wish more of us would follow this example around the world. Find a group that you can support in your community and go make a difference to real people. Volunteer, donate, or just help get the word out.


Uh, damn. I'm not sure to how to respond to this post. Can I just high-five you?

25 Dec 2012 06:51 AM
Primitive Screwhead     

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: "There are people from every strata, really, we just say don't be alone," he said.

That's all fine and dandy until the Hawk People show up.



Seriously, good on them.


They'll turn the place into a dive.

25 Dec 2012 07:01 AM
ghare     
A few years ago some terrible stuff happened to me, and I was unable to be with my family. My pal came and got me and took me to his family's Christmas "so I could watch other people be miserable at a family Christmas."

Bless you Jim, and these people.

25 Dec 2012 07:14 AM
Langdon_777     
:-)

Merry Xmas all of you, remember we are all in this together (by ourselves).

25 Dec 2012 09:57 AM
Old enough to know better     
Some of the douchenozzles who claim to be Christians should take note. This guy is the real thing.

25 Dec 2012 10:02 AM
asdrabael     
The real story is further down and buried.

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25 Dec 2012 10:52 AM
Clemkadidlefark     
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25 Dec 2012 11:40 AM
CigaretteSmokingMan     
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25 Dec 2012 02:01 PM
the ha ha guy     

KrispyKritter: stunned 5 terrible comments have not yet been posted already. the men of the cloth haters must be asleep with bellies full of I Hate Christmas punch.


It's not the title that people hate, it's the actions.

If someone is saying that people who practice their freedom of choice should all be tortured, you would call that person a douchebag. If the protester is a minister, you'd still think he's a douchebag.

If someone is helping the poor or otherwise active in charity work, you'd think that person is doing something good. If that person is a minister, you'd still think he's doing something good, despite the title in front of their name.

If you want the church to stop being dicks toward everyone, you need to praise the good actions that they do, not demean their accomplishments solely because they believe in a slightly different answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything.

25 Dec 2012 10:23 PM
dv-ous     
I went out for Chinese yesterday. My friends think I'm nuts, but I've been doing it for a few years now and it's my thing. I invite people, but yesterday I was by myself.

There were a few people - middle aged men, mostly - there who looked like they had nothing else to do and nowhere else to be. It was kinda sad.

26 Dec 2012 08:03 PM
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