Feast of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
THE INAUGURAL St. John of Damascus Award was given to Warren Farha on the evening of August 26. The award was created as a fundraiser to honor a person whose life and work exemplifies Eighth Day Institute’s mission to renew culture through faith and learning.
Three hundred people gathered to honor Warren. His favorite food – potato chips and potato wedges – were served during the cocktail hour while music from the bookstore played to a slideshow full of great memories. After a brief introduction and a toast from Director Doom, the award was presented: an icon of St John of Damascus, a plaque with a passage from St. John of Damascus’s famous work The Fountain of Knowledge, tickets to Tommy Emmanuel, and dinner at Redrock Canyon Grill. Following the award, Warren offered a wonderful reflection on cultural renewal. And then the toasts and roasts began. In addition to live toasts by family, friends, and former employees, written submissions were read from Bishop Basil (he blessed the original bookstore and was the first customer – he purchased G. K. Chesterton’s Complete Father Brown Mysteries) and Fr. Chad Hatfield (President of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary), and from well-known authors such as Dale Allison, Peter Leithart, Hans Boersma, and Ralph Wood. Plus, video submissions were aired from Greg Wolfe (editor of Image Journal), Scott Cairns (poet, memoirist, essayist, and Warren’s spiritual son), and Frederica Mathewes-Green (you can see her delightful submission at this link).
If you missed the event, tax-deductible donations can still be made in honor of Warren and the wonderful bookstore he has created: online here or by mail to Eighth Day Institute, 2836 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214.
Cheers to Warren Farha, Founder of Eighth Day Books and Peddler of Books and Culture!