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 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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Location: London, Kent, United Kingdom

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, wrote text on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, 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, 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, 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 campaigning against child abuse, harassment conviction/restraining order quashed on appeal, convicted 4 continued blogging 2 stop paedophile, providing bore hole + solar powered water pump 4 Gambian village.

Saturday, January 02, 2010


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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