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

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


Religion is responsible for so much heartache, bloodshed and cruelty that its symbols are often a toxic intrusion to otherwise communal harmony.
The cross itself is an ugly symbol of oppression, torture and murder, ironically perpetrated by those against Jesus, leading to his crucifixion, and at times, by those in support of Jesus, afterwards.
The sanitised and dislocated wearing of a golden or jewel encrusted cross can be both deceptive and obnoxious. Of course many good people wear one innocently, without thinking about such associations, but it creates the dilemma in which Lidl has found itself.
God has no need of any such material representation of loyalty, commitment or belonging, especially when it becomes an identity badge that triggers the fragmentation of communities into conflict.
God, whatever that sound means to different people, can want only one thing alone, that would be acceptable from an ethical perspective, and that is for us to live in peace together.
If only we could find a way of being content within our humanity, without  the need of any further appendages, qualifications or descriptions.
I am a human being, as are you and we are one, and must live as one.
Perhaps in time, such symbols and divisions will be the historical remnants of a previous dislocated age, long fallen into disuse, that can be studied but that play no part in our common life.
For my part, I would prefer Lidl to use photographs that only inspire unity and peace.
"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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