Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married with 5 children.

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Tear gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, worked with Mother Teresa, escaped a murderer, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, 12 yrs an Anglican, slept on the streets, travelled to Auschwitz, Kenya and Pakistan to promote peace, opened the first inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote a biblical text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his office within the CofE to pioneer independent ministry, baptised 1000's in homes, even on Mount Snowdon + in a circus ring, conducted a wedding underwater, published ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did the first gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers for defamation, co-consecrated the first women bishops for England. Wales and Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass to sex workers, posted it too, was elected Archbishop, arrested for taking his kids onto a roof, not charged - they were harnessed, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, conducted the wedding of the star Jade Goody, was invited to Downing Street, published 'That Old Devil Called God Again'.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

INSPIRATIONAL LIVES - FREE SCHOOL UNDER THE MOTORWAY BRIDGE

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2012/This-Teacher-Is-Providing-Free-Education-For-Poor-Children-Under-A-Bridge-In-India

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

£3114 RAISED FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN - OUR BEST YEAR YET!!!!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE 




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

CLEARED ON APPEAL - INNOCENT - JUSTICE AT LAST

Having been a victim myself of child abuse, the safety, well-being and cherishing of children is of the utmost importance to me.

I have spent much of my life involved with and bringing happiness to children. I have hundreds of letters thanking me for my work with children and commenting on my special gifts and aptitude with them. My Christmas Lights every year are for Save the Children. Their suffering breaks my heart.

Hence my work to help victims of abuse and protect children from abuse. 

Being convicted of harassment, without violence, last year, as a result of my writing to protect children, was a shock, a serious misapplication of the law and a threat to all those bravely trying to confront the systemic collusion within society that exposes children to abuse.

Yesterday, after a year of painstaking preparation, and representing myself, thankfully, I was cleared on appeal.

The court found nothing before it or in the court documents that amounted to harassment and no behaviour for which the court needed to impose a restraining order.

My innocence declared, I was able to leave the court, with no conviction and no restraining order, a free man, with integrity, able to continue my ministry, unhindered.

I would like to thank all those who have shown me unwavering support through this traumatic period and all those, who have, with a host of individual choices, kept the light of hope burning, that justice would, in the end, prevail.

Each person bears an awesome responsibility, within a complex world, where the good is often fragile and the evil, robust, to play their part in ushering in that which is honest, pure and true, so that our children can thrive, their innocence and their dreams intact.






Saturday, December 17, 2016

A HEART TOUCHING LIFE AFFIRMING THANK YOU

I received this recently from a bereaved family for whom I had had the privilege of taking the funeral.

Where to start.....
I think I'll begin with a heartfelt thank you from all our family and friends. 
You spoke today with so much passion, conviction and conveyed the deep, deep love we all have for our loved one. As a family we could not have wished for more and you exceeded everything we hoped for.
I've lost count of the number of people who said what a beautiful ceremony and how so perfectly it captured all that our loved one was and what they leave behind in the family.
Your delivery of the grand children's letter was so warm and rich, broadcasting loud and clear their eternal affection for their grandparent.
Over the years I've attended so many ceremonies for my own grandparents and my parent, where a minister has delivered a cold, detached, by the numbers service. Devoid of warmth and affection these are often just another trial to endure as part of saying goodbye to your loved one.
Today I experienced a joy and shared in a celebration of a life that I didn't think was possible. Yes today was going to be hard but to leave the chapel with a smile, a feeling of contentment and peace was more than I could have ever wished for. I am not alone in feeling this.
I have to say I've always been conflicted by religion, understanding the human need to believe in something better but struggled with the traditional delivery, its execution, the empire building, the hostility to other faiths or to those that don't conform to its rules.
Through meeting you I have learnt there is an alternative in the Open Episcopal Church. The OEC  seems to have at its very core all the qualities and values that I always believe a church should champion. At a time when the world seems to embrace exclusivity and division at every opportunity, it is so, so refreshing to discover an organisation where inclusivity and tolerance are fundamental to its very being.
Thank you for opening my eyes.
Once again thank you for all you have done for our family. 

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

THANK YOU DEAR ALFIE FOR YOUR LOVELY MESSAGE xx

TO DEAR PERSON
THANK YOU FOR PUTTING UP THESE LIGHTS EVERY YEAR. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE ITS FOR CHARITY, THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. 
I ALWAYS PUT MONEY IN THERE EVERY YEAR. 
I LOVE YOUR LIGHTS. THEY ARE AMAZING. 
I LOVE YOUR INFLATABLE PENGUIN.
FROM 
ALFIE
DANSON SCHOOL
8 YEARS OLD




Thursday, December 01, 2016

OUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS - THINKING DEEPLY OF BANA AND THE CHILDREN OF ALEPPO

RAISING MONEY THROUGH OUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN


Sunday, November 20, 2016

KATO HARRIS - PHONES ME - AND 'QUITS'

The Sunday Times has reported that Kato Harris has quit and that he will not be returning to St Georges or to teaching.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/i-quit-says-teacher-cleared-of-rape-xcbg5z99k

Apparently, he explained:

“Preparing for a return to work has been far harder than I had imagined and I do not feel that I am ready to return to teaching. I would like to thank my former employers, pupils and their parents for their sympathy and understanding. I would also like to thank the thousands of members of the public who sent me messages of support after my trial and who contributed so generously to my legal costs.”

The previous Sunday Times article:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/top-school-delays-return-of-teacher-cleared-of-rape-s9kj8r0zq

explained that the School was liasing with the local authority safeguarding officer about Harris and a conclusion would be reached about a return to the school mid autumn.

There are strict protocols about what can be disclosed to the public about such matters:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/289327/Dealing_with_allegations_of_abuse_against_teachers_and_other_staff.pdf

So if you want to know more of the facts available, read my blog.

This week, on November 14th, Kato Harris phoned me. I did not take his call. I surmised that he had discovered his fate.

Since then, I have been checking the papers each day for an announcement.

His statement presents himself as a victim and gives the impression that employers, pupils and parents have extended to him sympathy and understanding. Added to this, he claims, he has received thousands of messages of support from members of the public and that they have contributed generously to his legal costs.

In the public interest, despite Harris trying to have me arrested for publishing the truth about him, I must alert all those who have been manipulated by his strategic announcements to have sympathy for him or to send him money, that they have not been informed of all that is known about him.

And when I say 'known', I am not referring to disputable rumour or speculation. I am referring to objective factual information that means, as I have blogged extensively, that he should never again be allowed into a school to teach or to have access to pupils.

Unfortunately, the media remain, it seems, lazy about conducting proper investigative journalism, or they find themselves muzzled by legislation or the spin, immorality and strategies of vested interests.

For instance, the sentence in the Sunday Times that "Despite his acquittal some parents are understood to have expressed unhappiness about his return to school"

is a way of concealing the truth that parents at St George's knew about other children who had been abused by him, prior to his suspension on the alleged rape charges, and would not tolerate their children being endangered by him, just because the system may have failed to end his teaching career.

The public are being duped continually by misleading reports by journalists, kowtowing to a corrupt process that mean paedophiles can illicit sympathy by tricking an unsuspecting public with cover stories, even managing to raid their bank accounts to pay for their defence.

The system of child protection is still in need of comprehensive reform.

Meanwhile, the many child victims of Harris's abuse are unsupported and trying to re-build their lives.  Their healing and well-being depends in part, on society being resolute and committed to developing an integrated network of prevention and response.

The children are the ones alone that need our love, understanding, support and sympathy.