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 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 successful blogging 2 stop paedophile. His 'spectacular' Christmas lights covered by Daily Telegraph,Sky News, C4 have raised £55,500 and provided 2 Gambian villages with water, now 3.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

MY AMAZING SONS

Just back from taking a service and my amazing sons were working out in the garden



My 18 year old wrote this, as deputy head boy, for his school newsletter.

Hello, I hope everybody reading this is safe and healthy in these turbulent times. As you are aware, Covid-19 has halted the world and brought it to a standstill. It is responsible for heartache across our country, as well as the rest of the globe. Due to the world-wide pandemic and the immense changes imposed on everyone’s lives, it is a very easy time for mental health to deteriorate. Despite this, it is essential for us to consider our positions in a wider perspective. The nationwide lock down does not discriminate by wealth, colour or class, binding everyone to the same situation of house arrest. However,  living conditions do not share the same equality. The rich and famous are indulged in the privilege, hard-earned or not, of being confined to spacious living areas, whereas the worse-off, in deprived areas of London, may only have a single bedroom flat, between multiple family members. It is vital that we do not become submerged in the challenges of isolation and are considerate to those who find themselves in more severe and traumatic situations than us. This mindset can only be achieved by maintaining good mental health; therefore, I have ensured that my mind has been busy by regularly exercising, completing schoolwork set by teachers and preparing for my university course. With the help of our incredible National Health Service and our cooperation with the government's regulations, we can move past this tough time, to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.  However to achieve this, we must all keep moving and being positive! 

My 13 year old son's recent school report included these words:

He is a very sociable, caring and amiable young man with a lot to offer. He often is the first to join into group discussion on a wide range of topics. He willingly helps others and will stand up for what he believes to be right, an honourable thing to do. He makes intelligent comments and has a sense of morality and concern about the injustice in this world and is not afraid to voice his opinions. He is a good role model for the form, regularly giving his time for activities, as well as being a good support to his peer group when needed

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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