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, 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.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Modelling Community

It is a considerable challenge attempting to grow a community that maintains its health and vitality.

The formation of identity builds confidence but also tends to encourage boundary fixing and squabbles about membership.

The necessary organisation tends to apportion responsibilities that see pockets of power and influence developing.

The foibles of human personality do not appear to handle corporate life well.

There needs to be a comprehensive allegiance to certain principles.

- That identity, tradition and history must not create excluding boundaries.

- That involvement remains open to all.

- That power is never a personal possession, only a loan on behalf of a group, to be expended on the group's behalf, with the group's permission and for the advantage of all, within the group and without.

- A commitment to regarding every person as equal

- A vigilance against  authoritarianism or attempts to coerce conformity or unwittingly collude with its emergence

- High standards in personal integrity and corporate professional conduct

Like all living things, communities undergo continual change and require careful and sensitive tending, challenging, pruning and cultivating.

Good community encourages all to play their part in achieving a healthy shared life that brings well being to the members and to all around.

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