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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


There are still those who think our tiny island is a major player in world affairs, that we can punch above our weight and that we have so much to offer others.

Those who still hanker after lost influence and those old colonial days when we ruled our empire and travelled with a sense of privilege and advantage.

Those who fantasise now about going it alone, dreaming about all we will achieve by ourselves.

It's the sort of thinking that leads to the 'Brexit means Brexit' approach, as though there was just one interpretation, one analysis.

It often goes with the illusion of 'Britishness' that there is such a thing as a 'pure Brit'. We are an island of minestrone soup. Dip the spoon into any inhabitant, even the most apparently 'British' and you'll find multiple ingredients.

So what does 'Brexit' actually mean? The truth is no-one knows.

It is a hybrid word, born of in-house Tory politics and Cameron's lost gamble, that has resurrected our colonial fantasies and threatens to add to world fragmentation.

Hopefully, as the negative consequences of the Brexit experiment emerge and sweep away the deceitful Aladdin's Cave promises of the Brexiteers and the prejudices which provided the fuel to drive them to victory, a more considered and nuanced interpretation of the word will be found, that will awaken us to the fact that the Commonwealth replaced our Colonial rule.
"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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