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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Name: Bishop Jonathan Blake
- 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'.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
TWO FAITHS ONE PRAYER
GATHERING FOR GOOD
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
NEEV SARAF - FROM THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN
DAVID COGDILL - PAINTING FOR LIFE
Monday, May 25, 2015
ROMERO - FINALLY REMEMBERED
"In the name of this suffering people, whose cries to heaven become more deafening each day, I beg you, I beseech you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression," Romero said in a speech to government soldiers the day before his death.
GREET PRIMARY SCHOOL - ENGLAND AT ITS BEST
PETER AND JOAN PETRASEK AND THE ULTIMATE SHOW OF GRATITUDE
THE MUSEUM AT SHATILA
IRELAND - LOVE TRIUMPHS OVER RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE
GLORIA STEINEM AND THE VERY LONG MARCH FOR PEACE
Friday, May 22, 2015
I CONDUCTED A BAPTISM AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT
NADIRAH MUHAMMAD - WHEN YOUR TEACHER SAVES YOUR LIFE
REFUGEE CAMP DRAMATICS
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
SOVANNA SOEUNG - AN AMAZING WOMAN, MOTHER AND HUMAN BEING
GAZA'S RED CARPET THROUGH RUBBLE
There was a film festival in Gaza City last week, amid the ruins of last year’s brutal conflict between Israel and Gaza.
AFGHANISTAN'S RISING WOMEN
The country's first female rangers are patrolling the Band-e-Amir National Park and challenging stereotypes.
PEOPLE POWER IN INDONESIA
The compassion of people wins through.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
THE PHILIPPINES TO THE RESCUE
THE COSTLY HANDSHAKE OF HOPE
Monday, May 18, 2015
POPE FRANCIS WORKS FOR PEACE
HARMAN SINGH AND THE TURBAN OF HOPE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
THE SIX 'R's FOR MED MIGRANTS
Mi HOMECARE THAT APPEARS NOTHING OF THE SORT
Their statement that their customer service is their highest priority and that they will follow up each individual complaint with the complainant themselves is chilling.
at about 1 hour 35 mins into the programme
WHAT KOJI AND LADY GAGA HAVE IN COMMON
Strange however that many wouldn't realise this, just as Britney Spears is no beauty either.
What both artists manage to do is to create the impression of beauty by their personalities, artistry, drive and marketing.
They both have also been philanthropic and socially conscious with the proceeds of their success, though Germanotta more than Spears.
The 'plainest' person can appear strikingly beautiful if their personality and their productivity determines.
It's all to play for.
TAWNY WILLOUGHBY - THE BEAUTY WE CRAVE IS WITHIN
The worship of appearance over inner qualities is slowly stripping society of its moral strength and noble ideals.
Parents opining to the kids, that character matters more than clothes and personality more than looks are met with scorn.
Advertisers and retailers cultivate our obsession with the superficial. It is their ploy to guard their revenue. The ultimate price paid though is too high.
Lives, marriages, relationships and societies based on appearance become malignant and flounder.
HUMAN BEINGS ARE SO SILLY SOMETIMES
We are so ridiculous, that when we attend the surgery we want to come away with a bag of pills, to have something to show for our visit and some report of diagnosis and required treatment to brag about to our friends.
It seems rare to find a human being who attends the surgery with a concern and skips down the road afterwards when nothing has been prescribed and no referral has been made.
Rarer still, that human being, who when offered the bag of pills or tests, declines because in their estimation it is not necessary or the aggro involved will be counter productive.
As a cleric, I am often incensed at hearing that a patient presenting with life's normal stresses has been given anti-depressants or a patient with cancer, has had their last taste of life destroyed by pointless chemotherapy treatments or a patient with a trivial ageing complaint has been whisked into surgery.
Doctors should not pander to our infantile dependency syndromes and we should not leave our brains at the door when visiting the doctor.
HYONG YON CHOL
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
THERESA MAY BE RIGHT
However pluralist and accommodating a host nation is, integrating too large an influx of immigrants appears fraught with difficulties.
Resentment breeds fast and an abiding nostalgia and loyalty to the country of birth erodes the process of rooting firmly into a new home nation.
Conflicts of interest produce confusion and at times aggression.
There is also an inherent injustice in welcoming a tiny proportion of migrants who have managed, through relative 'wealth' paid to people traffickers and/or through perilous journeys, to make it across rich world borders, when the majority of their birth nation remain in destitution.
There is a pressing need to re balance the world's distribution of wealth and resources and to pursue more enlightened foreign policies that facilitate the establishment of peace.
However, if the rich world continues to take ever more migrants on board, that small part of the world that is still just afloat, may be in danger of capsizing too.
PIETERSEN OUT BY AN ELITIST SPINNER
In addition to that he wanted to swan in on a dream ticket of returning Labour to its old roots, despite being a millionaire, from a privileged background. That sort of Tony Bennism doesn't wash anymore either with the British.
Aspiration and encouragement for everyone to play their part and give their utmost is the order of the day, with care provided for those who are really in need and not the skivers and couch lovers who want to ever suckle off a Nanny state.
Tony Blair had made Labour electable. Ed, in his delusional self confidence crashed it into the backwaters.
In Ibiza, he needs to wake up to a few personal home truths, and an apology to his brother wouldn't go amiss.
LOVE SUPPLANTS CATHOLIC PREJUDICE
EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN FLORIDA REJECTS A BABY OF GAY PARENTS
REAL BEAUTY IN THE FACES OF THE POOR
However, the sinister backdrop to this heartwarming story is that China's one child policy no doubt contributed to the parent's action and now found, what will happen to this child that has defied the rules and survived.
THE BARKERS AND A SENSIBLE JUDGE
INDIA ROSE JAMES - SEX DRUGS AND LOVE
Thankfully, too, James appears to realise, that the scourge of wealth is ennui and the path to survival and fulfillment is good endeavour and productivity.
BALTIMORE'S MEN IN BLACK AND BLUE
The taste of violence and its links to sexual arousal are well documented.
Civil society is always endangered if their institutions empower and equip police to use violence, without officers being constantly monitored with the use of body cam CCTV.
THE BEST NEW MILITARY HARDWARE
BEN CARSON'S BIBLICAL BUNG
ANANTA BIJOY DAS
True the money Moghuls still control the limelight and most of popular culture, but nevertheless, there is a subversive underbelly to this coerced majority.
The potent contribution, that such as Das, make to the tides of freedom, is underlined by the terror they instill in those that inhabit the shadows and who want to hack their way to silence.
In such silence, we remain dumb recipients and captives of the monster voices booming from religion, business, politics and the past.
Yet the truth endures, that while ever there is thought, there are words. Blogging and the rest allows them to be shared and their creativity to take root and the new, often better unknown, to emerge.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The world over, corruption contaminates the choices of the powerful. Not content to have gained so much, it seems their greed has been awoken and it knows of no satisfaction.
All power must always be held to account.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
BRUSSELS CALLS UK TO ORDER ON MIGRANTS
BILLIONAIRE LI JINYUAN AND A SMALL STAFF BONUS
SAUDI ARABIA BEHEADS
JEB BUSH COURTS THE EVANGELICALS
MICHELLE OBAMA'S INSPIRING ORATION
STEPHANE HAFFNER - THE FIRST ITALIAN GAY MARRIAGE PROPOSAL ON TV
SOUTH KOREAN COVER UP
Sunday, May 10, 2015
SECRETS AND LIES - TWO DAD TWINS
ROHINGYA TAKE TO THE OCEAN
A WOMAN DR WHO
Here's to a woman God, a woman Pope and a woman Dr Who....
PUTIN IS OUT OF STEP
CUBA'S CONTINUING LIBERATION
Friday, May 08, 2015
CHILE'S CATHOLIC ABORTION CRUELTY
Hopefully Pope Francis will realise the inhumanity of Catholic teaching about abortion, and the blood on the hands of those who promulgate it.
GAY CURE CAN LEAD TO SUICIDE
The 'core' issue is that religion, if it has any role in such matters, should promote love between mutually consenting adults, not seek to prevent it.
THE END OF EBOLA NOT IN SIGHT
Thursday, May 07, 2015
NETANYAHU - NOT BUILDING PEACE
Gaze on, Gaza rabble, from the all that's left of your dreams, that we have reduced to rubble, we are building 900 more spacious and oh so comfortable dwellings on that disputed strip of land ,to salt your eyes and inflame your hearts.
THE JEB AND GEORGE BUSH COSY
OMAR KHADRA - IN PRISON FROM 15 TO 28 - RICH WORLD JUSTICE?
POPE FRANCIS FORGIVES ABORTION
AND GOD LOOKED AND SAW THAT HE WAS WRONG?
CAR ACTS AGAINST UN WHILE UN ACTS AGAINST THE WHISTLEBLOWER
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
NO ONE COUNTS THE AFGHAN DEAD
The message is clear.
Rich blood is more precious.....
NORWAY SHAMES THE UK
38 MILLION VICTIMS
COLLECTING SHELLS ON NIGERIA'S DELTA
BOLLYWOOD STAR HOME FOR TEA
WAR GAMES IN JORDAN
SALMAN KHAN'S INCONVENIENT BUMP IN THE ROAD
Wipe his flesh across tarmac
Drive over the legs and limbs of the poor
And then run
Coerce your lowly driver to take the rap
Then live free for 12 years under Bollywood fame's protection
And money's sweet power to bribe
Last of all appeal
And if the worst be faced
Such a hefty price tag for swatting a poor fly off India's roads.
ASSAD - THE SLICK DESIGNER BRUTE
RELEASE NARGES MOHAMMADI
No real prob though ( for the wealthy leaders ) there are Swiss bank accounts a bulging....
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
ANDERS KOMPASS EXPOSES THE RAPE AND SODOMY OF 9 YEAR OLD HOMELESS BOYS
Anders Kompass, a senior United Nations aid worker, with over 30 years experience, frustrated at the lack of action being taken about the abuse, blew the whistle.
He has been suspended.
Yes, you did read that correctly. Anders Kompass has been suspended for 'leaking confidential information', though he has sought to protect the most vulnerable.
The rich being plucked to safety were red carpeted to embassies, Ghurka army camps, airports and awaiting salvation while the Nepalese shivered, hungry, drinking contaminated water and facing icy unsheltered nights.
The rich world's Disasters Emergency Committee that sprang into operation assuages the conscience of the spectators, but is doing nothing to address the real issues of continued and systemic inequality that maintain the region's oppression.
Climbers are even now planning to scale Everest again, trampling over the poor on their ascent.
It would be better if a more pressing mountain height was scaled, that of achieving a fairer world.
6,800 SYMBOLS OF OUR FAILED FOREIGN POLICIES
Naive interference, superficial journalism, catastrophic military campaigns and oppressive financial and trade structures now carry bloated corpses and blood tinged waves onto sun drenched sands.
THE ROYAL BIRTH - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
The royal baby needs no attention, resource or media coverage. She is one of the most materially advantaged on the planet. The public's fawning is intrusive and panders to humanity's weakness for vicarious living. People fail to take responsibility for their own lives and moral mandate, instead distracting themselves with celebrity, royalty and the wealthy. Whereas the baby girl born on the migrant rescue boat, represents all that should be occupying our attention, challenges us to share our resources more liberally and exposes the media's appetite for the trivial, rather than reporting on the pressing need for international economic, social and political reform.
ISRAELI TROOPS OWN UP
BRITAIN FINALLY DOES THE DECENT THING
THE 'MUG' PREMISE
Friday, May 01, 2015
NATALIE BENNETT - GREENER THAN GREEN
WHILE THE RICH ARE RESCUED THE POOR LANGUISH
KIM JONG UN'S BLOODY HANDS
THE BRAND LOGO
THREE CHEERS FOR MARILYN MOSBY