Author biographies now included in print Forward Day by Day
Since its inception in 1935, Forward Day by Day has relied on anonymous authors. But now that has changed. Starting with the August/September/October 2012 print edition, Forward Day by Day includes the names and short biographies of the authors.
By its practice of anonymity, Forward Movement hoped to encourage people to encounter the meditations on their own terms, without pigeon-holing authors into boxes such as "conservative" or "liberal." As Forward Movement's executive director, Scott Gunn, says, "Some authors have been well-known figures in the Episcopal Church, and we didn't want people to tune them out or to favor them because of preconceptions."
With the new practice, authors' names and short biographies are included in the print issue. For the last few months, we've also included them in our free downloadable Forward Day by Day Reader's Guide. This resource features discussion questions, notes about the places for which we pray in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, and more information about the authors. The Reader's Guide can be downloaded for free from the new prayer resource website.
"We seek a wide variety of authors," Gunn said. "In the last few months, we've offered meditations Hispanic/Latino and Native American authors, as well as young adult and older writers." Over the course of a year, readers will encounter a wide range of perspectives, united in their desire to bring alive the scriptures to enrich the spiritual practices of study and prayer.
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Forward Movement is a ministry of the Episcopal Church. Since 1935, Forward Movement has worked to strengthen the church and make disciples. In addition to the flagship publication, Forward Day by Day, Forward Movement offers a wide range of resources, available at www.forwardmovement.org. With offices located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Forward Movement is a self-sustaining, non-profit agency of The Episcopal Church.