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.

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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