Lloyd Geering was born in 1918, and educated chiefly in Otago, with degrees in both mathematics and Old Testament studies. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he served in Kurow, Dunedin and Wellington. He held Chairs of Old Testament Studies at theological colleges in Brisbane and Dunedin before being appointed as the foundation Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He was married to Nancy McKenzie (deceased 1949) and to Elaine Parker (deceased 2001), and has three children, several grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He married Shirley White in 2004.
His books have reached both a scholarly and a popular market. They include: God in the New World (1968), Resurrection: A Symbol of Hope (1971), Faith's New Age (1980), Tomorrow's God (1994), The World to Come (1999), Christianity Without God (2002) and Wrestling With God: the Story of My Life (2006), Coming back to Earth (2009), Such is Life! (2010), four published by BWB.
Twenty or more of his short monographs have been published by St. Andrew's Trust, on such topics as God and the New Physics, Human Destiny, New Idols for Old, Relativity, Who Owns the Holy Land? and Fundamentalism.
Since his retirement in 1984, Lloyd Geering has continued to lecture widely throughout New Zealand and overseas. He was a regular columnist on religious topics for the Auckland Star and theNew Zealand Listener. He was awarded an Honorary DD by the University of Otago in 1976, a CBE in the New Year Honours in 1988, and made a PCNZM in 2001 (changed to GNZM in 2009, admitted to ONZ in 2007).
He has been a prolific broadcaster for the BBC, helped organize the Public Broadcasting System in America, was a founding chairman of National Public Radio, and became a senior management consultant for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
He designed and directed the first system of suicide and crisis counseling centers in California (a model for later centers nationwide) and helped found the Parsonage, an Episcopalian ministry on behalf of gay rights in the Castro section of San Francisco. And all the while, Bernard Duncan Mayes struggled to reconcile his views on sexuality--and his experience as a gay man--with his theological and cultural beliefs.
In an entirely honest and engaging voice, Mayes offers considerably more than autobiographical recollections of his life as priest, journalist, university teacher and administrator, and gay rights activist. Throughout Escaping God's Closet, Bernard Mayes recounts how social and doctrinal oppression posed fundamental challenges to his own belief system, but led him to revelations about sexuality, Christianity, and the nature of human existence itself.
Over the course of his life in the Air Force, Gordon Cammell has had many life-threatening experiences. He believes that no one should give up after having such experiences. Also, that our lives are destined for something greater. He credits his Guardian Angel for looking after him and keeping him safe and alive to this day. Now that he is at 94 years of age, readers will learn about his adventures and marvel too at how he was so lucky.
It was late afternoon and a few of us were sitting about in the sun having a drink on my birthday when the friend I've known the longest sat down opposite and looked at me like he was going to say something serious.
He was, and he got straight to it. He had health issues, he said, in a tone that put the issues word in ironic quotes. He'd been to see his doctor the previous day. He had maybe a year, he said. Maybe a bit more.
I was so shocked by what he told me that, after an initial gasp, I said the only thing that seemed to make any sense to me in the circumstances. We should go away for a road trip, I blurted out.
He nodded as if he knew I was going to say that. Back south, he said.
Yeah, I said back to him.
South meant Southland, where our story started, 46 years earlier. And that was the end of that conversation. Within weeks the trip was all booked and ready to roll. I felt nervous.
A road trip about memory, mateship and mortality, into the heartland of a New Zealand that still exists and still surprises.