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, April 29, 2017

WOW!

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teen-lost-arms-becomes-unlikely-basketball-hero/#

SUNSHINE

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James Matthew Barrie

Friday, April 28, 2017

LOVE IS A FRUIT

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Mother Teresa

WHEN I NEEDED A NEIGHBOUR WERE YOU THERE...

https://www.positive.news/2017/society/26742/despite-headlines-people-care-say-team-behind-new-refugee-befriending-scheme/

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

IN THIS IMMACULATE FIELD

In this earth, in this immaculate field, we shall not plant any seeds, except for compassion, except for love. Rumi

OVERCOMING PREJUDICE

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-patient-says-something-hateful-and-heres-what-a-muslim-medical-student-does/2017/04/07/5b5726f2-fc6d-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_1_na&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer2f110&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=.cb2ce61d70e8

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11 TIFFINS TO 200 BECAUSE LOVE COULD SEE

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2182/This-Doctor-Has-Been-Feeding-500-Abandoned-Elderly-People-Every-Day-For-10-Years

HEARTS TOGETHER

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/previously-suicidal-man-runs-marathon-guy-talked-bridge/#

LOVE IS

Love isn't finding a perfect person. It's seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
Sam Keen

Monday, April 24, 2017

THE CHILDREN

Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.
Rudolf Steiner

THE LOVE THAT CAN UNITE EVERY HEART

http://www.pravmir.com/muslims-jordan-guard-churches-easter-sunday/

Sunday, April 23, 2017

THAT WONDERFUL PATH OF COMPASSION

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2175/Firefighters-Throw-Baby-Shower-For-Woman-Who-Lost-Everything-In-Fire

LOVE

Where there is love there is life.
Gandhi

THE KEY TO LIFE - CARING ABOUT OTHERS

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/college-students-providing-homeless-free-health-care-years/#

Friday, April 21, 2017

ALL THE PRECIOUS WORDS

all the precious words you and i have exchanged have found their way into the heart of the universe....one day they'll pour on us like whispering rain helping us arise from our roots again

Rumi

Thursday, April 20, 2017

THE STRONGEST LOVE

The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.
Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1528/brother-david-steindl-rast/

TRUE FREEDOM

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. --Nelson Mandela

OUR CHOICES

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
JK Rowling

THE NECESSARY DAILY DIET OF WONDER

https://www.positive.news/2017/lifestyle/travel/26624/marvelling-wonders-planet-can-feed-souls/

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HE TOUCHED HIS EYES AND HE COULD SEE

He touched his eyes again; and when the man looked up, he could see everything clearly.

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2164/Two-Eye-Surgeons-Have-Restored-Sight-In-4-Million-Blind-People-In-The-Developing-World

INFINITE HOPE

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, April 17, 2017

EASTER - THE FESTIVAL OF RISING

from the ink black night....

from the depths of slumber....

from the stretched womb....

from the shivering soil....


from the salt march

from robben island

from colvin's bus seat

from the vistula reservoir

from kolbe's offer

from the blood of the stained swat valley bus

from alimamy's clean ebola hospital

from the streets of ferguson

from abu wad's garden

from white helmets

from papadopoulos's crew

from al rashidia's beaded bracelets

from patrick's silence

from tisha beauchmin's heart


non-violence...patience...determination...resistance...courage...gentleness...conviction
...justice...empathy...passion...beauty...service...compassion...renewal...love

it's what makes this tumultuous, disparate, desperate, cruel and catastrophic world...


our most extraordinary, marvellous and beautiful home

to learn to cherish...heal...and...enhance

MOMENTS OF BEAUTY

“This was what made life: a moment of quiet, the water falling in the fountain, the girl’s voice – a moment of captured beauty. The truly wise will never permit such moments to escape.” – Louis L’Amour

INSPIRATIONAL LIVES

JOY IN SERVING

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. --Rabindranath Tagore

COMPASSION

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.
Thomas Merton

Saturday, April 15, 2017

AND THE SECRET INGREDIENT - LOVE - AT 98!

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2155/After-Losing-His-Wife-Of-72-Years-He-Turned-To-Baking-To-Help-Those-In-Need

NO SECRETS

There are no secrets that time does not reveal.
Jean Racine

SERVING UP IMAGINATIVE CHANGE

https://www.positive.news/2017/economics/26599/cooking-good-top-pick-projects-making-food-affordable/

INSPIRATIONAL LIVES

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/07/31/206947581/last-person-to-get-smallpox-dedicated-his-life-to-ending-polio

Friday, April 14, 2017

GOOD FRIDAY

GOOD FRIDAY

Friday has been good because a man from Sri Lanka, settled now in England, has finished his day of hard work and is going home to his family to celebrate their New Year.

Friday has been good because a man from Manchester, who brings his son up alone, loves him so much.

Friday has been good because Isobel, a woman from Spain, welcomes people and cares for their needs with such attention, that she transforms the ordinary.

Friday has been good because an elderly lady from Italy, confused and bewildered at 96, feels safer, because she is with her daughter again.

Friday has been good, because three brothers, who have cooked and waited at tables for others, for over 30 years, have just opened their own restaurant and the community is supporting them.

Friday has been good because life is breaking through soil and bark again to beautify the earth.

Friday has been good, because where there is breath; there is the opportunity to love.

The heavens, the universe, the earth, the natural world and all people need nothing more - just love.

Monday, April 03, 2017

THERE SHOULD ALWAYS BE A BRAILLE MENU

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/blind-teen-reads-braille-menu-red-robin_us_58dd4285e4b05eae031dfdc0?section=us_good-news

LEADERSHIP

To lead people walk behind them.
Lao Tzu

Sunday, April 02, 2017

THE APPROACH TO LIFE THAT RECEIVES IN ORDER TO GIVE

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/poor-villages-teens-taught-teachers/#

WHAT CHILDREN NEED

"Your children need your presence more than your presents."
Jesse Jackson

A GENIUS WHOSE HEART IS FOR OTHERS

http://globalnews.ca/news/3349703/how-a-calgary-brain-researcher-used-a-scientific-award-to-help-victims-of-terrorism/?sf67159770=1