Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Mobile: 07767 687711 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, went Auschwitz, wrote on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, 12 yrs Anglican cleric/vicar - left, baptised 1000's in homes/Mt Snowdon/at circus, 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 a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on morning TV, sued Associated Newspapers, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England,Wales,Scotland, accommodated the homeless, posted Mass/took it 2 sex workers, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 climbing with sons,founded ‘When No One’s Watching',made 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 raising £79,000 4 Water in 4 Gambian villages. Published "The Tales of Henry the Lovable Hedgehog", the SAFE New Testament + Psalms + radical Book of Common Prayer, ordained priests for UK,US,Thailand,Spain,Ireland

Thursday, June 15, 2017


There could not be a more harrowing example, than the Grenfell Tower tragedy, of what happens when individuals prioritise themselves rather than the common good.
Our jaws will fall to the ground as revelation upon revelation is made about all the choices made by individuals, companies and authorities that led to this grotesque carnage.
Perhaps the intense focus there is about terrorism is useful to some to keep us distracted from the potent threats that exist all around us by those who opt for selfish gain rather than public service.
Unfortunately, though it isn't sexy to say so, perhaps that is our common malaise; the plague that threatens our existence. The prevailing culture exhorts egotism and panders to our appetites. The underlying narrative of all advertising, commerce, media, education and politics is get, gain, grab.
We become obese of body and mind, consuming without refection or restraint.
Every so often we throw up a sacrificial offering like Sir Philip Green and give the pretence of indignation, but it's all show boating. Once the headlines are over, the rich return to their play.
Appearance is everything in today's world. The cosmetic surgery and make-up plastered faces of Love Island's Barbie dolls and the muscular enhanced torsos of vain, looks obsessed men, that all 'appear' amazingly perfect, to concrete tower block monstrosities clad to look sweet to the affluent neighbours, to the media, public officials, religious leaders and even the prime minister who rush in, quick to say the right things, to appear terribly interested and promising that Tower block safety will be different. The truth is other.
The Love Island Barbie dolls wake up spotty and mottle skinned while the male hulks are shown to be prejudiced and predatory, all their 'beauty' fading quickly as they draw upon their cancer sticks. Tower blocks dressed in their Sunday best become death traps obliterating whole families, mainly the poor and ignored and the circus of officialdom and media that circle like vultures over the site of tragedy, are securing their income streams, their votes or are trying to avoid prosecution.
The world is going up in smoke, from the barricades at Calais, to the lorry bombs of Kabul, to the Tower block infernos around the world to the rain forests decimated for profit.
If we are to halt the present decline, it will take more than a full and proper investigation. A new world approach is required, based on unselfish compassion, equality and service.
"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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