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, January 02, 2010

TESCO'S EASTER EGGS AT NEW YEAR

The Sun asked for my reaction on New Year' Eve and such was the national interest I was on Radio 5 live the next day!

My initial thoughts were that while the public would regard it strange to be barely out of Christmas before being buffeted with Easter produce, yet such merchandising by the supermarkets allowed cash strapped families to put an egg aside each week and so spread the necessary costs.

Then it seemed a good opportunity to have the potent symbol of new life and resurrection visible throughout the early months of the year.

On further reflection, religious opposition seemed rather out of place anyway. Easter and eggs reflect more the traditions of the Zoroastrians and the Saxon goddess Eostre than the Christians.

However, my own inclusive approach celebrates the combining of all our aspirations; thus the symbol of the egg, which interweaves so many cultural and religious elements, as well as commercial and recreational ones, provides a happy item to find on the shelves, even at New Year.

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