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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Location: London, Kent, United Kingdom

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, July 07, 2017


I don't intend to 'blow my own trumpet'. If it seems as though I am, forgive me. I take so many knocks from many sides, have always done so, will no doubt til the day I die. I said to my dear wife this morning - 'I think I was born before my time' .
What I have worked for through my life and believed, is, in so many ways, part of what we are able to live in our modern idiom. However, when I was young, the freedom and equality we enjoy today, seemed a world away and I was castigated as a rebel for suggesting it. I have struggled passionately to remain true to myself, and true to what I believed was right, against all the odds, despite the resistance and irrespective of the personal cost.
Today I went to take a funeral in the heart of Kent. I give my all to my ministry, love people and want to provide them with only my best. I try to make the services deeply personal, warm and affectionate. At the end of the service today, so many echoed the same sentiment - "That was the best funeral I have ever been to" and one person seized my hand and said "Thank you so so much. You were born to do this work."
It made me well up, as I often do, emotions always close to my being.
It was a gift of affirmation along life's dusty, tortuous way.
On my way home I passed this most beautiful field.
Life and love abundant. The elixir of life.

"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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