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About Spectrum:

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 Adventist Forum. Spectrum 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 have had several million page views and hundreds of thousands of visits from all corners of the globe. Alisa Williams serves as managing editor for the website and can be reached at alisa@spectrummagazine.org.

Meet the 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. 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, D.C. 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 Dublin, Ireland, where she lives with her husband and four children. 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 Yucaipa, 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 three children and lives in Utah.

Steve Hergert works as the Webmaster for Spectrum Magazine, and as a Systems Specialist at Claremont Graduate University. Born and raised in Loma Linda, California, he is the proud owner of two cats and holds a brown belt in Zen Budokai Aikijujitsu.

Alisa Williams edited Spectrum's Spirituality section for two years before joining Spectrum full time as its managing editor in March 2017. She is a life-long resident of the Andrews University community and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology there in 2006. She has worked as a copywriter for Fortune 100 companies and a fundraiser for higher education institutions, including Andrews. In 2015, she earned her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification, considered the global standard for the fundraising profession.

Our Writers: We’d also like to express our sincere appreciation for the many, many writers who have generously contributed their eloquent thoughts and ideas over the years. Their voices have made Spectrum an invaluable resource for independent Adventist news and expression for over 50 years.


The Mission of Adventist Forum:

It’s the toughest assignment in the Bible, and yet its status as the New Commandment given by Jesus means it is one that we dare not shirk. How do we go about loving one another?

We begin by talking to each other. It is through significant conversation that we build friendships and a sense of belonging within a community.

Adventist Forum is a lay organization with a mission, a vision, and a publication.

Mission

We create community through conversation. Every Adventist Forum is a circle of friends who embrace the adventure of truth.

Vision

We will be Adventism's leading champion of serious Christian conversation. Affiliated discussion circles, and Spectrum subscribers, will grow in number every year.

Continuing the Conversation: Spectrum, Forum Chapters, and the Annual Meeting

In addition to the Spectrum journal, the Adventist Forum hosts the Spectrum website, sponsors an annual meeting, and forms a confederation of local chapters to strengthen conversation.

Our efforts are supported by our members, donors, and friends. The need for love within the Adventist community has never been greater. We invite your participation by becoming involved as a member of Adventist Forum.


The History of Adventist Forum:

During the uproar of the 1960s the younger generation questioned everything. It focused its attention on such major issues as the Vietnam War, civil rights, traditional morality, and ecology. Patriotism, rules, and values were no longer taken for granted. Seventh-day Adventist students were no exception. As more and more church members began to attend non-Adventist universities and colleges they applied critical thinking learned in their studies to other topics — including their church's beliefs and practices — that meant much to them. Many Adventist graduate students and other like-minded individuals began to meet in groups for discussion and fellowship. These groups were the forerunners of local Forum chapters that meet today throughout the world. In time, these diverse discussion groups came together under the umbrella of the Association of Adventist Forums (AAF). In 1968, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists officially endorsed the association in the Adventist Review. The organization is currently known as Adventist Forum (AF).