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 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, wrote text on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, 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, 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, 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 campaigning against child abuse, harassment conviction/restraining order quashed on appeal, convicted 4 continued blogging 2 stop paedophile, providing bore hole + solar powered water pump 4 Gambian village.

Friday, May 26, 2017


Salman Abedi was a born and bred Mancunian. The city conceals many jihadis and extremists. That's why Tony Walsh's poem, while stirring the crowd and gaining acclaim, was not actually appropriate. At its heart may even have lain a hidden racism, that when talking about true Mancunians, you are not including the likes of Abedi or his cohorts.
A city is a microcosm of the world, teeming with difference and variety. Suggesting that its inhabitants gain a solidarity by being identified together under a single heading, such as its place name, is to ignore the (unintended)  racism at the heart of this approach.
Unity is not born out of similarity, but the ability to co-exist with mutual respect.
The people of a city have multiple loyalties and gather under numerous names, even regard themselves as belonging to different countries. Their ability to live peacefully, must be based not on an appeal to a shared belonging to place, but on a shared humanity that can take, at best, a myriad of peaceful forms.
A poem pointing to and celebrating not 'the place', but our common humanity, would have contained a more robust and comprehensively applicable message.
"You brave, courageous and wonderful man.
To stand up for the truth in the face of suppression and oppression
is truly an act of a pure heart."


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