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, January 26, 2011

CELEBRATING TEN YEARS

The Open Episcopal Church is celebrating it's tenth year.

In that time we have ministered to hundreds of thousands of people across the United Kingdom, bringing them the Gospel of Love.

Our ministry is inclusive, ecumenical, loving, knowing no boundaries or exclusions and reaching out to all.

We have over 20,000 members. Our clerics are based in Scotland, Wales and England. We have more applicants for the priesthood than ever before.

Our desire is to make the life of Jesus Christ and the sacraments of Christ's Church available to everyone in an accessible manner and related to the realities and pressures of modern life.

While some of our ministers are based in one community and offer worship from various local centres and churches, many are itinerant and minister within groups, over a wide area.

This tenth year will see the Open Episcopal Church exhibit for the first time at the Christian Resources Exhibition at Esher in May and launch the Open Episcopal Church KITE Awards for young people, aged 10-18, who are promoting peace, reconciliation and good relations between those of different faiths, cultures, ethnic groups, persuasions etc.

Our vision is to model and work towards the building of a community that has no walls, in which everyone has their rightful and equal place and all enjoy equal respect and resource.