My name is Jon Shriver. I am an American by birth, born in the Philippines where my parents were missionaries and, in 1973, we moved to Australia. In 2013 I became an Australian by choice and love this great country and its values and progressive outlook.
My family has always been active in church work wherever we were and I was raised in a strongly Evangelical and politically conservative context.
My understanding of God, the world, and myself has changed considerably since my earlier days. When I speak of God, I speak of One who is beyond our language, our worldview or our tradition, and who is inclusive, loving, compassionate, gracious, creating, providing and renewing. I would like to think that these words also describe me, and they do—but in an incomplete, yet growing, sense.
Themes I engage frequently include the Church, politics, growing up, and change. I also speak a lot about Love and living in (as Ed Bacon would put it) the house of Love rather than in the house of fear.
I am on this life adventure with my wife of 27 years, Vicki, and my kids, Emily and Brenton. I’m sure you’ll read about them somewhere in this blog.
Welcome to the adventure! I hope you’ll challenge yourself as you read these words. I hope that, as they have meaning for me and reflect my own worldview and journey, that somehow you will find meaning in them for your life.
Grace and Peace.