Why a Nimbin hippie became an Anglican priest

Living Library book Alan Shaw will share his stories on March 2 at Lismore City Library.

If you go along to the Lismore Library on Friday, March 2 you can borrow living book Alan Shaw and learn why this original Aquarius hippie became an Anglican priest.

Alan will be one of around 15 living books you can borrow for a half hour chat to learn more about the people you share this diverse community with. This month sees three new books joining the ranks a member of the Straight Edge subculture, a transplant recipient and someone who was adopted.

For Alan, a passion for social justice and helping people, previously expressed in his many years of involvement with the alternative movement, found its truest outlet when he became a priest at St Andrews Anglican Church in Lismore.

Alan had previously worked in many fields as a market gardener, builder and most recently in employment services. He said becoming a priest involved a 50 per cent pay cut, but it was a decision he had to make.

My head was saying its foolish, but my heart was saying yes, Alan said.

Amongst other things, his role sees him working with the Sudanese and Congolese refugee families who have recently moved to Lismore.

Alan, along with the other Living Library books, is looking forward to sharing his stories with you on March 2 between 11am and 2pm.

Lismores Living Library, the first of its kind in Australia, has had enormous success since its launch last November.

At each session on the first Friday of the month, the Living Library offers around 15 different living books for borrowing ranging from teenagers to seniors. The Echo will be featuring one living book every month.

Everybody is welcome, however, groups are asked to book in advance. Phone 6621 2464.

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