Words from the streets of Kings Cross and Bondi Beach

About Jon Owen

I am the Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel. I write with my heart wide open and my eyes looking at life. I am a philosopher, a dreamer, a tower of weakness, a leader and a follower, a husband and a father and I hope to give you a flavour of life by the wayside.

A Mother’s Touch

Dear Inner Circle, There are a few moments on the calendar when a little over-indulging is good for the soul. Here’s hoping that you got

Nothing Teaches Everything

Dear Inner Circle, On the odd occasion I find myself standing in Wayside Chapel after closing time with everyone gone for the night. I like

Disrupting History

Dear Inner Circle, Wayside Chapel’s legacy comes from the “gutter up” rather than the “university down”. From the moment our doors opened we were overwhelmed

Lost with You

Dear Inner Circle, Should we be surprised to discover that we are a society struggling with loneliness?” asks Hugh Mackay in his book ‘The Kindness


Dear Inner Circle, There is once again an air of unpredictability moving through our buildings and we love it! Life is blossoming all around with

Having the Eyes to See

Dear Inner Circle, Sitting in the Heart Cafe, our social enterprise in Bondi Beach, is a rich experience. It is so cool watching the staff operating

A Good Day

Dear Inner Circle, A bright young spark full of passion and persistence has been messaging me, keen to come in and check out what we

The Flow

Dear Inner Circle, As we share life on this planet, the patterns of our lives mirror those found in the natural world. Bidden or unbidden,

Saying Yes

Dear Inner Circle, Thank you for the outpouring of love after my ordination as a Minister last weekend and thanks if you joined us online.

Finding Life

Dear Inner Circle, Here is a paradox that contains a deep truth: the only way to find your life is to lose it in the