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'.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

EASTER MESSAGE

If we use resurrection as a ploy to avoid the agonised distress with which we are presented on every side, then we join the ranks of the dishonest. 

We are addicts to religious heroin with no integrity or moral fibre. 

We enjoy just another form of self-centred hedonism.

Today (Good Friday) we have murdered God. 

We have obliterated our hope.

The Christian three day quick fix of Easter Sunday is a distortion of the challenge that awaits the courageous.

Easter is a metaphor more than a chronological sequence. 

The truth and the reality is that we allow the impoverished to perish while we get high on Easter Mass as though it were all sorted.


Nothing is sorted until with grace and resolve we set out to sort it.


We live awaiting resurrection.


We abide in a seemingly endless Holy Saturday.


The time presses us to make our faith real and to actually inaugurate a new world order - the resurrection society.


It's time to get off our backsides, off our knees, to vacate our altars and our vestments and to become tireless workers to roll the stone away.

LENTEN REFLECTION PUBLISHED ON HUFFINGTON POST BLOG

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/lent-2013-a-huffpost-community-observation-of-the-lenten-fast-liveblog_n_2679030.html#378_easter-greetings-from-the-bishop-of-london-the-open-episcopal-church