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, funded TB hospital, priest 1981, pilgrim 2 Auschwitz, wrote on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, relinquished 12 year Anglican post, baptised 1000's in homes on Mt Snowdon + at circus, 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', conviction 4 campaigning against child abuse quashed on appeal, convicted 4 successful blogging 2 stop paedophile. His Christmas Lights reported in Daily Telegraph,Sky News, C4 raising £67,000.Water in 3 Gambian villages. Published "The Tales of Henry the Lovable Hedgehog" + the first SAFE Bible series.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

WE LED THE WAY........AND THE REST HAVE FOLLOWED

As a young priest, I stood for General Synod of the Church of England. My manifesto was simple, unconditional love and accessible ministry for all. I wanted the church to reach out to all faiths and all people, building bridges of love and respect between everyone. I supported women priests, interfaith prayers, weddings for divorced couples, gay weddings and personal funerals. I wasn't elected and the archdeacon blocked my initiatives. I went independent in 1994 and became the first priest to advertise my willingness to offer unconditionally loving ministry to all. Over the years this has meant me conducting weddings for divorced people and  marriages for gay and lesbian couples, weddings in any and every location, baptisms for single parents and non church goers, services in people's homes and of their choice and bespoke funerals celebrating the life of the bereaved rather than inflicting a stuffy, irrelevant service on the mourners. It also included launching Post The Host, a service offering people communion by post and over the internet. It has been astonishing and humbling to see all the things I have campaigned for passing into the mainstream. As though I was born before my time, something of a prophet, pointing to the direction that should be taken, and living a future reality before others arrived there, to help point the way and achieve the reforms necessary.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/march-web-only/online-communion-can-still-be-sacramental.html?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=webshare&utm_campaign=CT

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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