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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


Writer Guidelines

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 We prefer original, unpublished writing but will consider re-publication with permission and a clear citation of the original publication online or in print.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

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

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.


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. 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.

Jared Wright served as pastor of media and collegiate ministries at the Azure Hills Church before joining Spectrum full time from 2014 to 2017. 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, managing editor, and currently Southern California correspondent.

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