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

Sunday, June 04, 2017


The London Bridge terrorists cried out "This is for Allah". 

Jomana Abedi, sister of Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber, said her brother was "loving and Kind" and that he wanted revenge for the U.S. strikes on Syria. She remarked,  "Whether he got revenge is between him and God."

Throughout history, those using violence, have sought to justify their actions as being God inspired, God directed or God forgiven.

To make sure we keep God out of the frame of violence, can we start to develop, what I suggested decades ago, when a member of the international executive of the World Conference on Religion and Peace? That is, an internationally agreed and legally enforceable charter of religious rights, responsibilities and conduct.

An agreement that sets out what religious communities can expect, what standards they must observe, what practices are permitted and what beliefs are socially acceptable.

I would suggest that such a charter would prohibit God being associated with any acts of violence and would prohibit any religious community proselytising.

I suspect that such a charter will remain as illusive as ever, however, in its absence, can I, at least, as a religious leader, make it clear, that God can never be associated with violence.

That is not to say that human beings, muddling through the moral and circumstantial confusions around us, may not resort to violence, such as the police stopping a terrorist attack, however, when doing so, let's keep God out of the picture.

If God is to represent anything that will assist humanity, it must be of that which expresses the finest and the best, that is the exemplar of integration and unity, that imagines the whole, in a just and peaceful equilibrium.

As we trudge upon the mucky, murky, mad path towards realising our paradisical hope, we must never contaminate 'God' with our equivocations.

"This is for Allah" is a lie, is dishonest, is delusional and is a blasphemy.

God grieves for what took place and wishes it hadn't.
"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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