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

Friday, February 05, 2010

O MOURN FOR MEDINE MEMI

Medine Memi's murder at the hands of her family is chilling. A 16 year old girl with hands tied, forced to sit in a hole while her relatives buried her alive. One of the 200 'honour' killings that take place in Turkey every year.

Her crime was to talk to boys.

My sons returned from school this week having heard two priests tell them that the Pope regarded all people equally. The next morning they spotted a headline about the Pope's criticism about Labour's equality legislation.

'Huh, one of them said, so much for the Pope treating everyone the same'.

Thankfully they appear to have minds able to distinguish between the claims and reality of religion and philosophy.

I pray my children will never become ensnared within the straight jackets that others would have them don or be buried alive in the holes dug by religion or philosophy and will walk free and work in their lives for that liberty to be enjoyed by all.

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