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 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married with 5 children.

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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, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, 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, was 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, not charged, 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 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Friday, July 07, 2017

MY FUNERAL BLUES?

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.
xx

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE IS INNOCENT-HE HELPED STOP A PAEDOPHILE
http://bishopjonathanblake.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/press-release-concerning-met-police.html
"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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