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 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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Location: London, Kent, United Kingdom

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, July 17, 2013


I was the first cleric to advertise my willingness to provide gay marriages in the UK in 1994 and subsequently conducted hundreds of gay marriages across the country, including on Richard and Judy's prime time morning TV show on February 14th 2001. I co-founded the Open Episcopal Church ( ) that offers the sacrament of marriage equally to all couples. I have been invited by the Prime Minister to a special celebratory reception at Downing Street.

I am overjoyed today as the Marriage Act becomes Law and the U.K. leads the world in establishing an equal inclusive society based on respect, tolerance and human rights for all its citizens.

Grandparents, parents and children can sleep more easily in their beds tonight and wake into a better and kinder society.

The remaining corners of prejudice and discrimination that still exist in society and within the churches and religious groups are being exposed and challenged.

The secular politicians and the electorate are following in the footsteps of Jesus and leading the way forwards to true community.

Monday, July 01, 2013


I have begun to lead a nightly service at 11 p.m. BST entitled 'Love's prayer at the end of the day' and on a Sunday entitled 'Love's banquet at the end of the day' The services are fully inclusive and can be watched live or at any time -