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 Tehran, seized Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, pilgrim to Auschwitz, wrote on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, relinquished 12 year Anglican post, 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 2 Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, consecrated as a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England,Wales,Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers, posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 climbing with sons, 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', harassment conviction,campaigning against child abuse, quashed on appeal, convicted 4 successful blogging 2 stop paedophile. His annual Christmas Lights reported in Daily Telegraph,Sky News, C4 have raised £55,500 for water for 3 Gambian villages. Published "The Tales of Henry the Lovable Hedgehog" available on Amazon.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

IN MEMORY OF DETECTIVE CONSTABLE KAREN FRANCE

I had the privilege of taking the funeral for Karen today, as she received a police escort and as police packed the crematorium. She set up the first Metropolitan Police Service team investigating child sexual exploitation, was responsible for the term ‘safeguarding’ and worked in Specialist Command stopping perpetrators of child abuse. She was beautiful within and without, radiating light and goodness, aspiring to make the world a better place and determined to protect children. It was such an honour being asked to take her funeral, particularly as my wife and I are committed campaigners for better child protection.
 
One of her inspirations was the following moving and profound song by Walter Earl Brown, himself inspired by the words of Martin Luther King:
IF I CAN DREAM
There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If i can dream of a better land
Where all my people walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can't my dream come true

There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
All the doubt and fear
If i can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won't that sun appear

We're lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We're trapped in a world
That's troubled with pain

But as long as people 
Have the strength to dream
They can redeem their souls and fly

Deep in my heart there's a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answers
gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark
There's a beckoning candle,
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream
Oh please let my dream
Come true
Right now
Let it come true right now
Because of Karen’s dedication, exemplary commitment and tireless police service, for many children, the dream of being rescued from their abusers came true. 



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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