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'.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ROUGH SLEEPING

Strange thought that I might have been offering help to Prince William!

On these coldest of nights, as I trekked the streets, offering whatever help I could to the homeless, I encountered the array of complex and confusing social, emotional and personal life stories that comprise London's cardboard sleepers.

The extremes of courage, depravity, hope and resignation, all tumbled into the unpredictable reality that the Prince found, almost being mangled by a street cleaning machine.

Susan ( name changed ) was the saddest. After years of abuse in childhood and local authority care homes she had spent 15 years on the homeless circuit. Her body was wasted, her teeth gone, her skin sore covered and heading towards that horrific statistic that the average life expectancy of a rough sleeper is 45.

She was desperate for food and a warm drink and we made our way along the strand towards Macdonalds. Every so often she would spy a discarded but of a cigarrette, still glowing and retrieve it for the last few puffs.

Christmas, in the bleak mid winter. We must remember that the babe is still homeless.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

CHRISTIANS OUTRAGED BY A POSTER!

Its a pity that New Zealanders are shocked at the poster outside St Matthew's in the City in central Auckland - ( 'Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow'). At last a church gets real.

Please can churches in the UK stop serving us up the asinine texts that make us all moan and ridicule their establishments and follow the NZ lead.

Stir us up, make us think, challenge our assumptions and connect us with reality and hope.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

OBAMA CONTINUES WAR GAMES

Obama has taken a considerable time deciding what could become probably the memorial of his presidency. Whether the delay was due to the gathering of advice or dithering we won't know for some time, however his eagerly awaited policy announcement has seen his administration commit further to the Afghan conflict.

It needed bold leadership to do otherwise but it seems what could have been his distinct contribution may be sinking amidst the clamour of political pressures.

90% of the Afghan army are illiterate. 60% of the officers cannot read. Many are drug addicted. From such as these Obama's exit strategy from and brave new world for Afghanistan is to come.

They are poor and vulnerable and available to the highest bidder and Obama reckons that £4.5 billion may bribe them into conformity.

How many American families has he doomed to tragedy?

Will their blood be wasted in yet another Vietnamesque foreign policy disaster?

What seems inevitable is that when all the soldiers have left, Afghanistan will return to be prey to Islamic militancy and fundamentalism and the necessary, messy and probably bloody process of political evolution upon which developed societies are based.

If only America could find £4.5 billion to provide the incentive to their 'enemies' to take the path to constructive dialogue rather than ensuring their hatred becomes ever more entrenched.