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.

Monday, August 10, 2020

OUR SIX UNFORGETTABLE MONTHS TOGETHER AS A LOVING FAMILY

 Throughout the pandemic, I have been taking funerals, so I am well aware of the grief and suffering the pandemic has caused, and am deeply sympathetic to those who have lost loved ones  and have done my utmost to bring comfort and love to the families of the bereaved.

However, I wanted to write about another side of the pandemic, that must be recorded.

In March, when the lock down began, something extraordinary happened within our family, mirrored by families across the land. Our precious loved ones came home.

From March until September we have been together.

It has been six months of sheer bliss.

It would never have happened, were it not for the scourge we have faced.

All our beloved family, under one roof, for six months.

Again, I am also aware of the horror that this has caused to some, trapping adults and children in abusive relationships, and exposing them to intolerable pressures, both relational and circumstantial, and I have sought to play my part, in my work and ministry, in supporting those affected adversely.

However, I wanted to write about the other side.

For us, it has been six months of joy.

We have loved being close to one another, delighted in each other’s characters, revelled in the idiosyncrasies of each of our personalities, been blessed by the unique contribution each family member has made, supported each other in the goals we each set ourselves during lock down, and celebrated their attainment, cherished the outings we have shared together, the games we have played, the competitions held, the jokes and the laughter, and appreciated the nightly film club to which we have been committed, each taking a turn to select a film and then all offering their critique afterwards, interrupted inevitably when our children have been out with friends or girlfriends, at the gym, playing basketball, football or the like.

We have experienced a fluid jigsaw of our lives, a blessed community, where the daily ebb and flow of each other’s choices, targets, plans, hopes, fun and worries have all created a gentle rhythm of energy and tranquility that we have all cherished.

Eating together, playing together, relaxing together, and working together over such a prolonged and unexpected period, has been a rare gift in today’s disparate and frenetic world.

In September, University and School will fracture this idyll, but never will we forget this paradisaical time we have shared and ever will we be profoundly grateful for the chance we were given,  for our lives to so enrich each others, just by being able to be together, as a family who love one another.

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."