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 and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, wrote text on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, relinquished 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 successful blogging 2 stop paedophile, raised £23,500 2 provide two Gambian villages with water + now a third.

Monday, September 16, 2019

'ODD ONE OUT' - DON'T BLAME SOCIAL MEDIA -THE GUTTER PRESS HAVE ALWAYS TROLLED AND TWISTED

The media have jumped on the bandwagon of 'Odd One Out', talking of the perils of bullying on line and urging us towards a more compassionate, accepting attitude. However, there are two glaring problems with this trite approach. The first that the media constantly bully and troll the innocent. They take celebrities, or public figures or those recently come to national attention and decide one day to make them saints and the next devils. They play with their public image, excoriating them one day, eulogising them the next. They are not people but commodities to use as sport in the ruthless chase for profit. If social media is a place for bullying, it is only because the media leads the way. The second problem is that the documentary 'Odd One Out', far from reconnecting us to the ordinary and the everyday, in a tolerant, inclusive manner, instead presents the tragic story of poor Jesy, who has been so mangled by fame, that it seems she can't find her way back to herself. The very documentary tackling the issue of self acceptance presented a person so incapable of accepting herself that she wakes early to put her makeup on and gets back into bed, before her boyfriend stirs. So afflicted is Jesy, that even in the home of bereaved parents or in the self help group, she had to wear her mask. 'Odd One Out' ironically ended up encouraging the very obsessional preoccupation with appearance that it claimed it was resisting. Those who are calling for it to be shown in schools clearly don't realise just how manipulable they are by the cynical media.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7458125/Little-Mixs-Jesy-Nelson-leaves-fans-tears-details-dark-battle-depression.html

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO

I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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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