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

Monday, October 16, 2017


Love alone to this heartbroken family. For Lidia to choose to pass to heaven in this setting and manner implies that it was premeditated and perhaps didactic. She did not choose a discreet death, but one that would have maximum impact. As Jesus died, Matthew's Gospel records that  "..the veil of the temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom." Lidia's death rent the 'sanctity' of St Paul's Cathedral apart. She traumatised all who witnessed her death, riveted an international audience and left an indelible historical mark upon the cold, oft trodden floor.  Did she intend to bring her sense of the world's agony into a place that promised healing? Did she want to take the suffering of the world upon herself - a sister for Jesus? Did she hope that the rending of St Paul's 'curtain' would symbolise the mandate given all holy places, not to hive their 'holiness' away, but release it to help the earth? May her resurrection be our renewed commitment to the common good. May her family be embraced with love from all around them.
"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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