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 and a proud Dad.

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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

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Reactionary or progressive church?

Many, it seems, wish to lead the church backwards into the fundamentalist and rigid dogmatic approach that has become the scourge of the world. In many of the great faiths, there is this resurgent drive to speak in absolutes and to present as objective what is clearly subjective.

Perhaps it is a personality disposition to flee from the real and complex world into simplistic and brutal platitudes that fragment under intellectual scrutiny and inter-disciplinary analysis.

Traditional Church is collapsing. Congregations are being wiped out. Churches are closing. The sexism, racism and homophobia of the church are just some of the indicators of a church out of touch with modern life, peddling outdated ideas in an embarrassingly reactionary spirit.

However Christ is incarnate in today's new and more wholesome age, where tolerance and acceptance, pioneering research and social integration are the fruits that secularism and liberal religion has borne.

There are signs of hope in brave avant-garde initiatives like Inclusive Church, like Post the Host, like the outbreak of Flash Mob worship experiences, like the burgeoning grass root liquid church projects, like the thousands of sacramental services that the Open Episcopal Church and the Society for Independent Christian Ministry have taken all over the country in people’s homes and gardens and community centres.

Faith and spirituality are alive and well in our land. The last thing the church needs are Christians who try to conceive how to replicate the indoctrinating nature of the Islamic Madrasahs.

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