Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married with 5 children.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Saturday, April 20, 2013

EASTER MESSAGE

If we use resurrection as a ploy to avoid the agonised distress with which we are presented on every side, then we join the ranks of the dishonest. 

We are addicts to religious heroin with no integrity or moral fibre. 

We enjoy just another form of self-centred hedonism.

Today (Good Friday) we have murdered God. 

We have obliterated our hope.

The Christian three day quick fix of Easter Sunday is a distortion of the challenge that awaits the courageous.

Easter is a metaphor more than a chronological sequence. 

The truth and the reality is that we allow the impoverished to perish while we get high on Easter Mass as though it were all sorted.


Nothing is sorted until with grace and resolve we set out to sort it.


We live awaiting resurrection.


We abide in a seemingly endless Holy Saturday.


The time presses us to make our faith real and to actually inaugurate a new world order - the resurrection society.


It's time to get off our backsides, off our knees, to vacate our altars and our vestments and to become tireless workers to roll the stone away.

LENTEN REFLECTION PUBLISHED ON HUFFINGTON POST BLOG

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/lent-2013-a-huffpost-community-observation-of-the-lenten-fast-liveblog_n_2679030.html#378_easter-greetings-from-the-bishop-of-london-the-open-episcopal-church