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 website 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. Jared Wright serves as managing editor for the website and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spectrum 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 We prefer original, unpublished writing, but will consider re-publication with permission and a clear citation of the original publication online or in print.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 email@example.com.
Include a short bio of yourself and any images or image suggestions (if they belong to you or are in the public domain). We will do our best to respond promptly.
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. She lives in Granite Bay, California with her husband Tom and son Mark, and they are all members of the Roseville Adventist Church. It is there she has learned that abstract ideas about church need to be balanced with the practical realities of participating locally.
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 degree in history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2001, and worked as a writer for magazines in the U.S., 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. She is Spectrum's Interviews Editor.
Pam Dietrich aggregates news stories about Adventists and Adventist institutions from general media sites. She completed a B.A. in English at Walla Walla College and an M.A. in English through Loma Linda University at the La Sierra campus. Pam began teaching high school English at Loma Linda Academy in 1976. After 26 years, she transitioned from teaching to serving as the LLA 7-12 librarian until 2010. Pam lives in Redlands, California near her adult son.
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.
Steve Hergert is completing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to his work as webmaster at Spectrum, he also works at Loma Linda University on web development and, most recently, game development. Steve has lived in Loma Linda, California his whole life, but over the summer of 2014 took an internship working for a NASA research center in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a brown belt in Zen Budokai Jujitsu, and has way too many cats.
Rachel Logan is a writing Intern for Spectrum Magazine. She grew up in the Sacramento Valley and graduated from Sacramento Adventist Academy in 2010. While attending Walla Walla University, Rachel tutored writing in the student Teaching Learning Center and wrote for WWU’s The Collegian. She graduated in June 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Rachel is a fifth generation Seventh-day Adventist who currently lives in Folsom, California.
Alisa Williams edits Spectrum's Spirituality section. She is a life-long resident of the Andrews University community. Alisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Andrews in 2006. After graduation, she worked as a copywriter at an advertising agency for several years, writing ads for Fortune 100 companies and national non-profit organizations. In 2013 Alisa returned to her roots when she accepted a position at Andrews University as the Annual Giving Coordinator in the Office of Development.
Jared Wright served as pastor of media and collegiate ministries at the Azure Hills Church before joining Spectrum full time in 2014. Jared grew up in Rwanda, Africa, and has lived in California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Honduras and Thailand. Life around the world has provided sensitivity to the rich diversity of beliefs and practices within Adventism. Jared has served on the Spectrum web team since 2008 as a blogger, reviews editor, and currently as Managing Editor.