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, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, 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, was 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, not charged, 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 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Monday, December 23, 2013

JOHN PRITCHARD - 'CHRISTMAS' IS BETTER WITHOUT GOD!

With reference to Wittgenstein, at least we can smell and drink coffee and can then try to find adequate words for the experience instead of killing each other because of words we have plucked from the air about our fantasies. 
That 75% of the world's population is motivated by faith is the cause of so much devastating conflict and hatred. That Christianity is taking advantage of poorer and less developed societies to push its message is because its corruption has been exposed in our own. That certain evangelical churches burst at the seams is because they peddle the same fundamentalist approach that attracts the insecure and leads them to the sort of blind allegiance behind suicide bombings. 
Yes, it is easier, as in 'The Life of Pi', to talk of tigers and dreams but of much greater use, if we stay with the real and struggle to create beauty and order in the everyday. 
Christianity wants to rob the world of Love, by suggesting it is found in one baby, from one faith tradition, at one time, for all to recognise.
NO. Love comes anew in every baby throughout time and is never controlled by one person, one faith, one culture or one human construction called 'God'. Let this season not be about Christ - mas or about God. These are ideas and words which fracture and separate. Instead let it be the celebration of birth and of love, experiences that every person on the planet can share.

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