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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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘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 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Friday, February 13, 2009

THE GREAT BANK ROBBERY

Sir David Ramsbottom and Anne Widdecombe MP agreed on Radio 4 this week that those who populate our prisons come from the most deprived, abused and impoverished sections of our Society.

The statistics and research papers make clear that in prison they suffer further abuse, learn criminality and most re-offend.

Hearing that HBOS slumped to a loss of £10bn last year and becoming ever incredulous about the wanton greed of those who brought about the international financial crisis one ponders on how it can be that not a single banker is facing charges in this robbery that has taken place.

Could it be that the prisons and judicial system exist to keep in order the fall out from the poorest and the weakest members of society, to prevent the inconvenience of the rich and powerful?

If not, how can a civilised democratic nation continue to allow the degrading treatment of those incarcerated within our prisons and police cells. It is time for change.

Monday, February 09, 2009

FAILING OUR CHILDREN

Sir Cyril Taylor has criticised the existing school policy of "one size fits all" for resigning millions of bright pupils to educational failure as they are dragged down by weaker classmates. It represents the experience of many local parents who watch while extra resources are made available to children with special needs but who see clever children neglected and made to endure teaching well below their ability.

In memory of Tom Collister

On Saturday, February 7th 2009, Tom Collister, a 23yr old man from West Wickam was found hanging in his cell in the prison on the Isle of Wight. His friend has described him as polite, intelligent and with many gifts.

How is it possible for our Society to take a young man, whose crime was graffiti and wrest him from his family and place him in a prison out of reach and contact from loved ones and so expose him to the degrading and inhuman treatment at the hands of the prison service that his fledgling life ends abruptly? Who will answer, who will pay and who will be held accountable?

Saturday, February 07, 2009

SPIRITUAL ECSTASY

So we are playing on the ABC roundabouts with Ecstasy and Cannabis.

Issue for the politicians, researchers and ACMD and devastating for the loved ones who watch their own change beyond reach and tumble into early graves.

I've buried too many young ones and had my shoulder dampened by two many tears.

There is only one ecstasy worth seeking. The most potent of them all. It comes through faith and prayer yet today is classified by those in power as Class A.

Friday, February 06, 2009

INCORRECT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Automated individual responses, dehumanised social interactions and mind numbing decisions by corporations. We have become terrified to exist. The untidy, unpredictable genius of the human psyche that in essence refuses to be boxed, slowly being nudged along the conveyor belt of mass social control.

So we have Thatcher, Clarkson, Petrie, Ross and Brand under the microscope.

Here is to all those who stand against the tide, whose wings spread wide, who soar while others grub, who quest while others obsequiously submit to the machine while secretly maintaining their inner world of shadows.

Not to condone though or condemn any particular acts, rather that they be, what they are, expressions of that unique wonder which is human life in all its complex curiosities.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

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