In August 2009, Spectrum welcomed its newest team member, David Trim—a scholar with a wide variety of interests and a very unique area of specialty. Here is a sampling of discussions on European Adventism, race relations in the British church, and religious violence.
RD: You have quite an international background. You are British, but you were born in India and you grew up in Australia. Where do you consider yourself to be from? How do you bring to together your various ethnic identities?
Question: What do you do as the tech expert of the Spectrum web team? What is the most difficult part of your job?
Answer: I share technical responsibilities with Jonathan Pichot. He focuses on Drupal – which is the software product used to build/render the website. I am more involved with Apache/Linux, plus interacting with our Internet Service Provider.
Question: Where do you live and what do you do?
Alden Thompson’s new book, Beyond Common Ground: Why Liberals and Conservatives Need Each Other (see our review of the book) is here just in time to see him retire from 39 years of teaching at Walla Walla University. Spectrum asked Thompson about his future plans and about how his long career has shaped the content of his new book.
Since 1991, the annual Ultimate Workout short-term mission trip has been a catalyst for spiritual growth and leadership development in the lives of North American Adventist teenagers. July 2009 marked Ultimate Workout 19, which was held in the city of Puyo, Ecuador. 175 young people participated this year, dividing into five small groups of 25-40 each for this two-week experience. One of the groups tried something new: a leadership team made up exclusively of teenagers.