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'.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

JESUS BACKS DAWKINS

Jesus…on prayer.

“ When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen. When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray in secret.”

(Matthew 6. 5,6)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Warsi, the Queen, prayer and secularism

Religion is a dangerous and unaccountable force.

Our world is rent apart by religious divisions that have been and continue to be the source of bloodshed and inhuman acts.
Baroness Warsi argues to defend the role of religion in public life and the Queen has lauded the role of religion in providing “critical guidance for the way we live our lives, and for the way in which we treat each other.”
It may seem so to those who live protected lives.
However, past and present history testify to the barbaric acts carried out by religionists claiming to be inspired and guided by God.
Secularism protects us from the emotive and subjective nature of religious experience, belief and practice.
In the apparently genteel environment of the United Kingdom it may seem innocuous to offer prayers before town hall meetings, in parliament or during school assemblies. However, there is no rational justification for exemplifying a practice that has no objective merit, is divisive, offensive and associated with so much evil.