About Us

Our goal is to foster community through conversation. This website is the online companion to Spectrum, a journal established to encourage Seventh-day Adventist participation in the discussion of contemporary issues from a Christian viewpoint, to look without prejudice at all sides of a subject, to evaluate the merits of diverse views, and to foster intellectual and cultural growth. 

Spectrum is an independent publication of the Association of Adventist Forums. 

Spectrum magazine is edited by Bonnie Dwyer, and is published quarterly and mailed to subscribers.

The Spectrum blog is regularly updated with news, columns, spiritual reflections, Sabbath School commentary and interviews. Since we launched, we've had several million page views and hundreds of thousands of visits from all corners of the globe. Alita Byrd edits the Spectrum blog. If you would like to contact the Spectrum blog editor, please email blog@spectrummagazine.org.

Writers Guidelines

The Spectrum blog welcomes submissions on topical Adventist issues of interest to its global readership. We aspire to publish a wide variety of voices from young to old who are from a wide geographic range on a wide array of topics in a spectrum of perspectives. Diverse opinions are welcome.

We adhere to high journalistic standards, aiming to only publish fair and honest reports. We look for quality writing.

We prefer original, unpublished writing, but will consider re-publication with permission and a clear citation of the original publication online or in print.

We especially look for first-hand reports from events, such as conferences, GYC, General Conference Session, constituency meetings, and so on.

Query letters are encouraged, but complete manuscripts may also be accepted. 

Remember that we are not able to publish all submissions.

Please send your article of 500-1,000 words to blog@spectrummagazine.org

Include a short bio of yourself and any images or image suggestions (if they belong to you or are in the public domain).

Send submissions to the Spirituality section to joelle@spectrummagazine.org.

We will try to respond promptly, but please remember that the Spectrum blog team only works part-time.

The Spectrum Web Team

Bonnie Dwyer began writing for Spectrum as a student. She is a journalism graduate of La Sierra University and California State University, Fullerton. After many years of writing news stories and investigative pieces for Spectrum, she became its editor in 1998. Watching the web site development, dreaming about new possibilities, and constantly working on the next phase of the site has been one of the major joys of her job. She says it has required creative thinking about basic things like conversation and time. She lives in Granite Bay, California with her husband Tom and son Mark, and they are all members of the Roseville SDA Church. It is there she has learned that abstract ideas about church need to be balanced with the practical realities of participating locally. The family dog Ella, now 16 years old, rarely leaves the front porch.

Alita Byrd has been writing for Spectrum since 1995, when she was a journalism and English student at Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Washington, DC. Alita earned a master’s in history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2001, and worked as a writer for magazines in the US, Europe and South Africa. She is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and three children, ages five, three, and one.

Jared Wright is pastor of media and collegiate ministries at the Azure Hills Church. Jared grew up in Rwanda, Africa, and has lived in California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Honduras and Thailand. Living in many parts of the world has provided sensitivities to the rich diversity of beliefs and practices within the Adventist family. In addition to writing, Jared enjoys graphic arts, competitive cycling and triathlon, and vegetarian cuisine. He appreciates and applauds Adventist engagement in issues of justice and equality and environmental stewardship.

Joelle Chase edits Spectrum blog's spirituality section. She is Director of Messaging for Center for Action and Contemplation (an ecumenical, educational non-profit). Joelle earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Andrews University in Michigan and subsequently taught for two years in a one-room school in Montana. Having had her fill of northern cold, Joelle returned to the Southwest where her body and soul feel most at home. She writes and reads from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she and her husband Peter raise two mutts, farm an urban homestead, and dance in the occasional rain.

Jonathan Pichot, a software developer for Collective Idea, working out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the technical expert on the team. Born in the United States to an Adventist family that had recently immigrated to America from France, he grew up in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and finished high school having attended no more than two schools. He identifies as Franco-American, or, more specifically, Franco-Michigander. His interests tend to wander; currently, he's passionate about software and cities. In his free time he organizes a Code for America Brigade in Grand Rapids. He's been with Spectrum over 6 years–the longest he's been associated with any one organization. Spectrum has been a foundational part of his spiritual journey.

Rich Hannon edits the Columns section of the Spectrum website. He is a retired software engineer with interests in philosophy, comparative religion, history and finance. He also assists in the technical side of the website. Rich graduated from Andrews University and Michigan State University. He is married with 3 children and lives in Utah.







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The speaker will be Ron Graybill, Ph.D., previously assistantsecretary to the White Estate. He will be addressing “The Big Bible, Bigg er Still: A Study of the Harmon Family Bible and Its Role in Adventist Hist ory.”
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