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

Friday, September 01, 2017


In 1999, I nailed 95 Theses to the door to Canterbury Cathedral, after the example of Martin Luther, to try and trigger reform within the Church of England.
I had just published my book, For God's Sake Don't Go To Church
It caused quite a commotion and I was arrested, and later released without charge.
I am writing about this now, because of a touching thing I discovered last night.
I was out in the evening conducting a funeral visit with a bereaved family.
I had already taken baptisms for the wider family and previous funerals, but this evening, I was visiting another family member, who had been to my previous services and had appreciated them.
During the course of the evening, the widow said, did you know, I saw you a long time ago, before you ever took services for our family?
Apparently, she had been with her husband and her grandchildren visiting Canterbury Cathedral the day that I nailed the Theses to the door and had seen my arrest.
I was very moved to think that at the very time I was protesting to try and make the church more open, accessible and loving, a family were watching for whom I would provide extensive ministry in the future, and in a way that the Church of England would never have been able to do then and sadly still couldn't even now.
"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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