For more than a decade Richmont Graduate University has published Conversations Journal, providing spiritually thoughtful and intellectually rich content to an audience seeking spiritual formation. As they prepare to release the final print edition, Richmont is pleased to announce that they will be partnering with InterVarsity Press to continue providing content and connection for Conversations subscribers.
"InterVarsity Press has been involved from the conception of Conversations in providing article content, editorial direction, and support through advertising. The visions of Conversations, Richmont Graduate University, and our spiritual formation publishing in our Formatio line of books are strongly aligned," said Cindy Bunch, IVP associate publisher, editorial. "We are eager to continue to support the good work of Conversations over the years and to expand the conversation about spiritual formation to a broader group of readers."
The first free monthly e-newsletter containing content similar to that found in Conversations Journal will go out in January 2017. It will be distributed to Conversations subscribers and to IVP's Formatio subscribers and will contain original articles as well as excerpts from IVP books. Richmont will continue to maintain the Conversations app and the website, conversationsjournal.com, where former subscribers can purchase back issues and visitors can receive one free issue download, find content, and sign up or unsubscribe for the newsletter.
Gary Moon, founding editor of Conversations, said, "The Conversations Journal was born over fifteen years ago out of a number of greatly enjoyable and rawly honest conversations. The dominant theme was authentic transformation and why that condition seemed so difficult to live out. While I am sad that economic realities mean that normal life for this publication has come to an end, I am delighted that two of the journal's most faithful partners, IVP and Richmont Graduate University, will be keeping the conversation going in the form of a monthly newsletter which will feature new content and reminders from the old."
Although the social media pages for Conversations will no longer be active, readers can like Formatio on Facebook and follow @Formatio on Twitter for similar content.
Bob Rodgers, president of Richmont Graduate University, said, "We are pleased that Conversations will be able to continue with a newsletter and online presence with two core partners from the life of the journal: Richmont Graduate University and InterVarsity Press. I am thrilled that InterVarsity Press has the vision to continue to provide new content to subscribers that will be consistent with the themes and approach we've had all along. Past issues will continue to be archived online and available through the ongoing work of Richmont. We owe a great debt to editors Tara Mansbridge Owens and Joannah Sadler for their work over many years, and I am pleased that their good work will carry on in this new form."
Bunch said, "I am grateful to Bob Rodgers for this opportunity to continue to serve Conversations subscribers. I will be personally involved in developing newsletter content. I hope that current subscribers will join us on social media by following Formatio on Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to engaging you there."