We find ourselves stuck between an ideal and a real place. The Board continues to believe that encouraging people to use their real names will bring sunshine and more civility to the conversations on the Spectrum blog. However, we also have learned from you valid reasons for pseudonyms, and more about the technical challenge that our policy sets up.
There is no culture that I feel warmer and safer in, no culture that I feel more at home in than among the Adventists — a people seemingly made up of solely doctors, nurses, preachers, and teachers. Born into their arms, I learned to love potlucks, keep the Sabbath holy, care for my body, keep a level eye, walk softly in the sanctuary, and go on God’s errands.
The North American Division's Theology of Ordination Study Committee last year recorded some of the amazing stories of the women serving as Adventist pastors in the Division. Tara VinCross, who was senior pastor of the Chestnut Hill Church in Philadelphia and this summer was called to head the Columbia Union Conference's new School of Evangelism, worked to collect the stories as part of her work with the committee.
It’s been found that healthy online communities are communities that talk about themselves. If you haven’t seen our recent announcement about the future of Spectrum commenting, please read this first. When you sign up for Spectrum Conversation, what you’ll find at first will be a collection of questions under the category ‘Meta’.
At Spectrum, we are always discussing ways of better achieving our mission of building community through conversation. Two years ago, we switched to a new commenting platform named DISQUS. It helped stabilize our site’s performance, allowed more people to engage with our content by signing up with Facebook and Twitter, and continued our tradition of vibrant debate and conversation.