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'.

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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

THE JOY OF MINISTRY

Brighton - this autumn!


Kent - this summer! 


The Stadium of Light - Sunderland







Kent Life



The first underwater wedding!


Germany


                                        



France


Newark castle




Nottingham




The Brecon Beacons



Mount Snowdon





With Lee and Heather Evans 


Monte Carlo Harbour









Littlehampton


With Jade Goody and Jack Tweed



The first Baptism in the Big Top of the Santus Circus with 
the circus elephant!





France











Cairo 


The Launch of Post the Host