(system) #1

At the end of June 2013, 14 months ago, Alexander Carpenter wrote a farewell message on the Spectrum blog — this blog that he started and nurtured and made into the must-read destination it became. He handed it over to me as interim editor — a job I reluctantly accepted. I never dreamed more than a year would go by until I could write my own farewell note.

In the limited time I have available with three very young children to care for, as well as a host of other responsibilities, I have done my best to keep the blog updated, and up to the high standards Alex set for it. Sometimes I am not sure that I succeeded.

But I have enjoyed it greatly. I have enjoyed corresponding with so many talented writers and contributors; finding stories that need telling, then shaping them; and of course working with the wonderful Spectrum team, especially the wise and inimitable Bonnie Dwyer.

Now, however, the Spectrum blog is entering a new dimension. Thanks to the generosity and support of many of you, editing the Spectrum blog will no longer be a less-than part-time job. A full-time position has been created, which will create amazing possibilities. As Bonnie Dwyer said in her message today: More stories, more in-depth reporting, more special features, more eyewitness reports, and more opinion pieces will all be a part of the shiny new Spectrum blog, with Jared Wright at the helm.

Readers of the blog will be blessed by Jared’s experience, connections and passion for quality Adventist reporting and writing.

I will remain part of the Spectrum team as editor of the Interviews section.

Thanks to all of the Spectrum blog readers for being a part of our community through conversation.

And (as Alex said): The best is yet to come.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6291

(Zane Yi) #2

Alita, I think you’ve done a splendid job running the blog this past year. Thank you for all your hard work. It’s been great working with you and I look forward to continue doing so as you assume a slightly different role and Spectrum enters into its next stage of growth.

(Carrol Grady`) #3

Alita, you have done a great job for the past year-plus! Thank you so much. And I’m excited that Jared will be able to dedicate full time to the blog. Good things ahead!

(Thomas J Zwemer) #4

Thank you for a job well done. As a reader and contributor, I think you have had more difficulty with the saints than the sinners. What you have dealt with all began with the publication of Answers to Questions on Doctrine. One cannot understand how a none event as Oct 22, 1844 could create an institutional church with such independence of theology. My memories of E.M.C., A.U.C., andLoma Linda are all good. then I moved to the Southern Union, to enlighten “dark counties” only to be met with such venum lead by the Cookie Monster that I was forced to rethink my entire belief system, I am now glad I came south to be enlighighted. . Tom Z

(Elmer Cupino) #5


Your most productive years were spent with the SDA church where your contributions were not in vain. For this, we give thanks.

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #6

Thank you, Alita, for all you’ve done to maintain Spectrum Blog as the go to source for Adventist news & thought.

Welcome & blessings, Jared! Does this new full time position mean that you’re leaving your pastoral assignment?

(Joselito Coo) #7

In my mind, interim and full-time mean the same thing as far as work-load is concerned. Thank you, Alita!

(George Tichy) #8

Thanks Alita for the super work done for us!!! God bless.

(Elmer Cupino) #9

Congratulations on your promotion. I’ve always enjoyed your thought-provoking articles.

(Elaine Nelson) #10

Thanks, Alita, for making the Spectrum community a great place to converse; there is no other site in the SdA church where there is such freedom of expression allowed.

(jeremy) #11

well-done, alita…i’ve come to look forward to the balance you achieved in your articles…