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 and a proud Dad.

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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

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

JOY AT EQUAL MARRIAGE

I was the first cleric to advertise my willingness to provide gay marriages in the UK in 1994 and subsequently conducted hundreds of gay marriages across the country, including on Richard and Judy's prime time morning TV show on February 14th 2001. I co-founded the Open Episcopal Church (www.openepiscopalchurch.org ) that offers the sacrament of marriage equally to all couples. I have been invited by the Prime Minister to a special celebratory reception at Downing Street.

I am overjoyed today as the Marriage Act becomes Law and the U.K. leads the world in establishing an equal inclusive society based on respect, tolerance and human rights for all its citizens.

Grandparents, parents and children can sleep more easily in their beds tonight and wake into a better and kinder society.

The remaining corners of prejudice and discrimination that still exist in society and within the churches and religious groups are being exposed and challenged.

The secular politicians and the electorate are following in the footsteps of Jesus and leading the way forwards to true community.

Monday, July 01, 2013

NIGHTLY SERVICE

I have begun to lead a nightly service at 11 p.m. BST entitled 'Love's prayer at the end of the day' and on a Sunday entitled 'Love's banquet at the end of the day' The services are fully inclusive and can be watched live or at any time - http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3410245