ABOUT US: eighth day institute

Question_Square_2.jpgWhat do you mean by renewing culture? Why do you place such an emphasis on the early Church Fathers and the Classics? What do you mean by ecumenism? Why is your organization called the "Eighth Day" institute? What are your educational goals? What is your vision for the future? How did you come to be? What is your story? We hope our answers on this page will address your questions. CONTACT US if you still have questions.

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our WELCOME: the eighth day community

Deisis_Square.jpgWelcome to the Eighth Day Community! Eighth Day Institute is an educational non-profit that grew out of Erin Doom's eight years of employment at Eighth Day Books. Our mission of "renewing culture through faith and learning" is carried out through educational endeavors that seek to accomplish what Eighth Day Books does as a bookstore: connect people... Continue Reading


 

Welcome to the Eighth Day Community! Eighth Day Institute is an educational non-profit that grew out of Erin Doom's employment at Eighth Day Books. Our mission of “renewing culture through faith and learning” is carried out through educational endeavors that seek to accomplish what Eighth Day Books does as a bookstore: connect people to classics which shed light on ultimate questions and expose people to the teaching of the Holy Fathers. - See more at: http://eighthdayinstitute.nationbuilder.com/#sthash.AIaNAOgW.dpuf

our MISSION: renewing culture 

a_076_university-1.jpgTo give you a better idea of who we are and what we mean by renewing culture, we offer you the opening section of the Foreword to our first issue of Microsynaxis by Erin Doom, our Founder and Executive Director: "Notes Towards the Definition of of Cultural Renewal."


 

our ECUMENISM: a dialogue of love grounded in tradition

Peter_and_Paul_Square.jpgThe first element of Eighth Day Ecumenism is a dialogue of love. But it is a dialogue that is grounded in a second element: a return to the Fathers of the early Church, labeled by Fr Geroges Florovsky as a Neopatristic Synthesis. But what does this mean? Learn More Here

The first element of Eighth Day Ecumenism, then, is a dialogue of love. But it is a dialogue that is grounded in a second element: a return to the Fathers of the early Church. What does that mean? What do I mean by a return to the Fathers? What did Fr. Georges Florovsky and Fr. Alexander Schmemann mean when they labeled such a return a “Neopatristic Synthesis”? - See more at: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/eighth_day_ecumenism_toward_a_concise_definition#sthash.S44U3DsQ.dpuf
The first element of Eighth Day Ecumenism, then, is a dialogue of love. But it is a dialogue that is grounded in a second element: a return to the Fathers of the early Church. What does that mean? What do I mean by a return to the Fathers? What did Fr. Georges Florovsky and Fr. Alexander Schmemann mean when they labeled such a return a “Neopatristic Synthesis”? - See more at: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/eighth_day_ecumenism_toward_a_concise_definition#sthash.S44U3DsQ.dpuf

 

our WORK: faith & learning

carpenters.jpgOrigen once asked Gregory the Miracle Worker, a third century bishop of Caesarea, "to extract from the philosophy of the Greeks what may serve as a course of study or a preparation for Christianity, and from geometry and astronomy what will serve to explain the sacred Scriptures." We like to think our work would please Origen. For a growing list of our Eighth Day Endeavors, Click Here.


 

our FAITH: the nicene creed

Nicene_Council_square.jpgWe believe historic Christianity as revealed in its scriptures, confessed in its creeds, prayed in its liturgies, defended by its ecumenical councils, and interpreted by its "great cloud of witnesses” is the key to a vibrant culture. For an encapsulation of this historic Christianity in the Nicene Creed, Click Here.


 

our IDENTITY: a local community of christians

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Wichita, KS is our home. We love local. We strive to build a community that is a foretaste of the Kingdom. We love community. And we are unabashedly Christian. We love Christ. To learn more about our identity, Click Here.


 

our PHILOSOPHY: education renews culture

Plato_Aristotle_Square.jpgWe believe a classical, liberal, and integrative education, if crafted correctly, will promote the renewal of culture by accomplishing seven goals: awaken wonder, kindle a love of learning, sharpen discernment, produce good citizens, give birth to love, lead to worship, and reintegrate fallen humanity. For a brief explanation of these goals, Click Here.


 

our OBJECTIVES: building the kingdom

Rublev__Christ_square.jpgWe love learning. We desire God. We love the least. We develop leaders. We prepare young people for life. We help people discern their vocations. We cultivate craftsmen. We revive household economies. We promote local culture. For a short explanation of each of these objectives, Click Here.


 

our LEADERSHIP: orthodox, catholic & protestant

Peter___Andrew_Square.jpgFounded by an Orthodox Christian, our bylaws require more than 50% of the Board of Directors to be Orthodox. Our leadership, however, exemplifies our commitment to ecumenism: Executive Director Erin Doom is an Eastern Orthodox Christian; President Tom Rhein is a Roman Catholic Christian; and Vice President Jim Logan is a Protestant Christian. To see a list of our directors and officers, Click Here.


 

our PATRON: st john of damascus

John_Damascene_square.jpgOur patron saint is an eighth-century Byzantine saint whose life embodies everything we stand for at Eighth Day Institute. He was a philosopher and a theologian, a poet and a preacher, a hymnographer and a monk. He is our hero. To learn more about St John of Damascus, Click Here.