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, March 19, 2016

IN TEARS AND SPEECHLESS AT THE UTTER BEAUTY

Beyond expression....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499697/Premature-twin-length-pen-healthy-five-year-old.html

WHAT IS A JOB ANYWAY?

All of us can be productive and some are not paid for their hard labour. It's great when the system realises and reforms...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/homeless-man-who-voluntarily-cleaned-polluted-beach-for-tourists-lands-a-job_us_56eaf861e4b09bf44a9cad02?nmgnekkitud81714i&utm_hp_ref=good-news

THE ENERGY OF LOVE

THERE ARE SUCH GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE....

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1570/Firefighter-Pays-1-000-Electric-Bill-For-Family-To-Keep-Teen-On-Ventilator

Daily Bread

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
Alfred Adler

“Difficulties exist to be surmounted.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, March 18, 2016

BREATHTAKING PHOTOGRAPHY

Riveting images....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/35-breathtaking-photos-taken-by-women-throughout-history_us_56e83dace4b065e2e3d766b3?ir=Good+News&section=us_good-news&utm_hp_ref=good-news

ORCAS CAN FINALLY SWIM FREE

The Sea World Circus finally closes as their spin runs out of words....

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/seaworld-ends-killer-whale-breeding/

Daily Bread

“Socrates used to nickname the opinions of the multitude ‘Ghouls’, bogies to terrify children.” – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor

TESCO MANAGER ACTS HUMANELY

Hope blossoms when someone in authority acts with discernment and compassion.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/tesco-catches-shoplifter-offers-him-7575301

POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH

The Surprising Benefit Of Going Through Hard Times


I know this from first hand experiences in the past and in the present.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/post-traumatic-growth-creativity_us_568426c0e4b014efe0d9d8e8

Thursday, March 17, 2016

MATTHEW HAY-CHAPMAN

When the streets have eyes and the system has a heart....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/homeless-man-handsomely-rewarded_us_56e9b992e4b065e2e3d84ebb?utm_hp_ref=good-news

MOHAMMAD SAYED - WHEELCHAIR MAN

A real super hero..

http://wheel-life.org/why-the-white-house-spotlighted-teenager-mohammad-sayeds-wheelchair-concept/

STOPPING SLAVE AND CHILD EXPLOITATION

A signature that changes so much

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/obama-quietly-signs-game-changing-anti-slavery-bill/

Daily Bread

Giving brings happiness at every stage of its expression.
The Buddha

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SYNAGOGUE AND MOSQUE UNITE TO HELP SYRIANS

“The more we learn about each other’s religion, the more we realize we have in common.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/religious-institutions-form-unlikely-partnership-to-aid-syrian-refugees/article29204512/?click=sf_globefb

Daily Bread

“Winning does not mean finding solutions immediately, but believing that the solution is possible.” – Patrizio Paoletti

“Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.” – Richard Bach, Author, philosopher

WE ARE FIRE

The momentum for change arises in the heart and when those hearts are joined....

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=5961

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

JESUS FOUND ALIVE IN CHINA

Love's spirit lives on..

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1562/Revolutionary-Stem-Cell-Surgery-Restores-Sight-In-Children-With-Cataracts

THE PROPHET

Verbal healing......

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/know-kahlil-gibrans-prophet-beautiful-animated-film/

THE LOVE THAT NO AMOUNT OF ADVERSITY CAN QUENCH

The struggle just inflames the desire to love more..

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1236/she-begged-on-the-streets-so-she-could-feed-every-orphan-she-saw-shreya-pareek/

Daily Bread

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.
John W. Whitehead

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe. --Joanna Macy

Monday, March 14, 2016

HANAN AL HROUB

The best teacher in the world...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35798117

THE LOVE THAT JUST GOES ON AND ON

Sow love, reap love....

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1563/She-Paid-For-His-Groceries-She-ll-Never-Be-Able-To-Repay-Him-For-What-He-Did-Next

Daily Bread

The word 'Impossible' itself spells -- 'I'm possible'.
Author unknown

Friday, March 11, 2016

WONDERS OF THE DEEP

Awesome planet..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3486091/Good-reef-Egypt-Iceland-incredible-photographs-reveal-beauty-world-s-aquatic-wonderlands-inquisitive-inhabitants.html

A FIRE STATION WITH FIRE IN ITS BELLY

How the message of equality can be spread in everyday settings....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fire-stations-genius-sign-nails-exactly-what-everyone-should-think-about-women_us_56e1c2f4e4b0860f99d82be9?utm_hp_ref=good-news

ONE AMAZING POOCH

When those who can't talk speak volumes..

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1561/This-May-Just-Look-Like-A-Photo-Of-A-Dog-And-Sleeping-Boy-But-It-s-So-Much-More

INSPIRATION FOR EQUALITY FROM THE SKY

Flying high to change the world for the better...

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/longest-flight-women-crew-arrives-intl-womens-day/

Daily Bread


To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love--Thich Nhat Hanh (in Erich Fromm on the Art of Loving)

“It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (Tibetan guru)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

IS IT JUST A NAME?

Each of us has a part to play in choosing equality.....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/em-olson-lafave/why-im-returning-to-my-maiden-name_b_9417350.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

CHILD SOLDIER TO LAWYER

One destiny, one chance, to imprint our amazing earth with our goodness......

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7006

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A PENGUIN'S LOYALTY

We have much to learn from the grace of other species...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3482978/Penguin-returns-home-year-Brazilian-man-saved-it.html

FINDING A HOME IN THE HEART OF THE HOMELESS

Often those who have little, have more, than those who have much...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kind-homeless-man-made-sure-21-year-old-stayed-safe-when-she-missed-last-train-home_us_56ddcff3e4b03a4056795d54?gbwhr529&utm_hp_ref=good-news

CELEBRATING THE GOOD

We need to be uplifted and inspired by the considerable goodness all around

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/paparazzi-for-good-cameras-paid-to-catch-average-folks-in-acts-of-kindness/

Daily Bread

“When others are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans.” 
― Marcus AureliusMeditations

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

THE YOUNG HAVE SEEN THE NEW WORLD

The young can lead us home.....

http://www.buzzfeed.com/saraspary/people-are-becoming-more-tolerant-about-race-and-immigration#.srPq1rgen

BUTTERFLY BLOOMS

Humans assist nature's miracles...

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1555/The-Monarch-Butterfly-Population-More-Than-Triples-After-Falling-For-Years

THE TURKEY CHOP GRILL FULL OF LOVE

An inspiration to all businesses to do the same.....

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/chef-wins-reality-show-and-uses-money-to-feed-his-community/

Daily Bread

You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.
Richard Branson

Monday, March 07, 2016

ROMANIAN BEAUTY

Another world....a rare beauty....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3479025/Inside-medieval-Romanian-villages-idyllic-lifestyle-struggle-without-assistance-modern-technology.html

REFUGEES TO RIO

True Olympians!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/refugees-compete-rio-olympics_us_56d9ac2be4b0ffe6f8e91072?ir=Good+News&section=us_good-news&utm_hp_ref=good-news

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN - A 106 YEAR OLD MARVEL

Putting in a 40 hour week of love at 106! Wow!

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dancing-106-year-old-receives-outpouring-support-new-house/

HOLLY CHRISTENSEN'S TOUCH OF MAGIC

One person's heartache turned into a heart warming love

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/i-transform-children-cancer-disney-7488810

Daily Bread

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.” 
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman