Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. 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 Tehran, seized Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, funded TB hospital, priest 1981, went Auschwitz, wrote on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, 12 yrs Anglican cleric/vicar - left, baptised 1000's in homes/Mt Snowdon/at circus, wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses 2 Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on morning TV, sued Associated Newspapers, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England,Wales,Scotland, accommodated the homeless, posted Mass/took it 2 sex workers, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 climbing with sons,founded ‘When No One’s Watching',made ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding,invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', conviction 4 campaigning against child abuse quashed on appeal, convicted 4 successful blogging 2 stop paedophile. His Christmas Lights raising £79,000 4 Water in 4 Gambian villages. Published "The Tales of Henry the Lovable Hedgehog", the SAFE New Testament + Psalms + radical Book of Common Prayer, ordained priests for UK,US,Thailand,Spain,Ireland

Monday, July 17, 2017


I had again recently to witness the harrowing process of dying inflicted upon the terminally ill by the law of this country.
This was a person ( I will hereafter use the plural pronoun to anonymise them)  who had discovered that they were not going to recover and faced death.
It was their express wish, being entirely reconciled to the prospect of dying, that they be allowed to die swiftly and without discomfort.
Instead, I had to watch the medical profession prevented from fulfilling this wish and instead allowed only to alleviate the gross symptoms of dying.
They had to endure days of laboured breathing, with the lungs filling and being drained, with physical discomfort, tossing and turning, with medical and nursing intrusive support, while everyone waited for them to die.
Baroness Finlay extolled the virtues of this process of torture on the Today programme this morning and denied Noel Conway's description of the undignified demise he faced, including the fear of drowning and entrapment that he wanted to avoid.
Perhaps she hasn't sat with a dying person, or if she has, perhaps she is presenting a fantasised or sanitised version of what can take place.
For many, the process of dying is an ugly affair and the sooner politicians gain the courage to legalise adults being able to choose their manner of dying the better.
In the Charlie Gard case, the court itself is using these very arguments to legitimise his death. It is illogical not to apply the same to adults.
"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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