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

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


After 17 years of marriage, I can truly attest that my wife, Annette, is the most wonderful human being I have ever met. I could write about all the personal things I adore about her, but that is my treasure; instead let me write about her immense heart.
The world, so beautiful is also brutal and this mysterious dispensation called life, is complex, creative yet often cruel. The path of progress has brought immense benefits and ease, but also a selfishness that consumes rather than cares.
Annette approaches life so very differently.
She values love above all else.
Her waking thoughts and daily endeavours are centred in loving and serving others.
She is like a morning songbird, meeting the dawn with a music of bright hope. Her first and last thoughts are for others. Her manner is sincere and solicitous.
It is as though she awakes with a replenished ball of golden wool and manages to weave it wherever she goes. Amid the everyday humdrum, life glistens with her presence. Every human encounter affords an opportunity for her to connect, respect, appreciate and love.
Shop assistants, check out staff, hair dressers, nurses, carers, builders, whoever she encounters trust her with their secrets and their truths and even if 20 years pass, she will not have forgotten the tiniest detail.
Her willingness to forgo any and every one of her own needs and wishes is unparalleled. Never once have I witnessed her being selfish. Not a drop of alcohol during her pregnancies. Countless nights lightly sleeping, with her babies on her arm, watching every rise and fall of their chests, during early lung development and asthma episodes.
Through the years of their developing needs, responding to every outlandish request they deliver.
Never has anyone exhausted the well of her compassion.
However, not alone for her children, is this extravagant love. The wider family are similarly embraced. Her phone sounds throughout the day with a myriad of family issues and concerns. Presently, when the majority of people would have placed their Mum in a nursing home, without a qualm, Annette is tending to hers at home.
Listening to her nurse, wash and care for her Mum, with patient tenderness, in the early hours and the late reaches, is to experience the presence of an angel.
And yet again, her love is not for hers alone.
When those in need knock, her heart has every sufficiency.
Even when, one Christmas Eve, I returned home with a middle aged homeless Jamaican woman, who stayed with us for three months, nothing had the power to stem the flow of her gentle goodness.
Our door is an opening, in this stretched and severe world, of mercy, and many avail themselves of the love they find here.
Annette is also wise. She has the eyes to see through hypocrisy and pretence and can detect the disingenuous in a moment. The crystal clarity of her goodness provides an open perspective and with it she can navigate, well and safely, the shadows and evils of the night hours.
She is not interested in wealth, fame or material possessions, only, in the ultimate, to cradle in her hands, that which brims with life, love and goodness, and play her part in releasing this butterfly beauty to a sadly dystopian world.
She is my world.

I love her.

"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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