Sunday, 21 October 2012

New Zealand Interview and Visit

This week, I'm off to New Zealand to do some media events around the city of Auckland. How exciting and how blessed that I get to speak about some of the issues of which I am most passionate.

I will be on the support side of a debate/discussion on the topic of Same Sex Marriage which will be available for download from in the not too distant future. I will also be doing some television spots with various interviewers on the issues of the book. There will be some radio too and a magazine interview. I will be speaking at the Sunday evening service of the Metropolitan Community Church in Auckland on 28 October and at the mid-week evening meeting of the Auckland Community Church on 30 October. I am also looking forward to doing an internet interview with talk show host Andrew Whiteside on his Gay Talk Tonight show 

The New Zealand people have been very welcoming well before I have even arrived and I must say I am just so impressed by how open they are to talking about these sexuality issues which, for some of them, must be quite confronting.

Below, you can find an interview I recorded a few months ago with Justin Gregory from Radio New Zealand's Spiritual Outlook program. Justin and I had a wonderful chat about all sorts of interesting issues: 

  • the church 
  • traditional teachings on gay sexuality 
  • the evangelicals 
  • the Catholics
  • my own history of suffering
  • my journey to self-acceptance and self-love
  • the reasons I wrote the book
  • the intended audience of the book
  • how I see myself these days

It was broadcast on Sunday afternoon 21 October and released on-line the same afternoon. A pastor wrote to me immediately and said:

I have just listened to the broadcast, and rather sorry I am not in Auckland to hear more from you. Your book was given to me several months ago ( a birthday present ) and I am so pleased to have it, so pleased you wrote it. The book is so very useful in my ministry. Thank you! A most excellent book that should be on every Christian minister's bookshelf.

I hope you enjoy the interview and if you find it helpful, then purchase a copy of Being Gay Being Christian if you haven't read it yet or tell someone else who might need to hear about it. Or tell them about the website: or tell them about the book's Facebook page or my own personal page. There are a lot of people out there who need to hear this message: gay people, their family, their friends, their church associates, their clergy. Let's see if we can spread some good news!

Pax et Amor - Stuart