Directors Desk

The Refuge of Small-Scale Book-Loving Community in a Post-Virtue Modernity

The Saturday of Souls 

after-virtue_square.jpegMANY THANKS to Shailesh Mark (a new friend gifted to me by the Eighth Day community) and our new weekly meetings, I’ve finally begun editing my dissertation for submission. This happens to coincide with the Cappadocian Society (an Eighth Day reading group for pastors and ministry leaders) finishing their second book: After Virtue by Alisdair MacIntyre. If you are familiar with MacIntyre, he is not... Continue Reading

The Eighth Is the Best...By the Grace of God

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

EDS_18_Josh___Tony_Square.jpegI'VE RECEIVED more positive feedback about the 8th annual Eighth Day Symposium than ever before. Many of the comments have been very similar to the following: “Congratulations! I’ve been to all seven of the previous Symposia and this year was the best yet. I don’t know how you all keep outdoing yourselves.” Somehow, by the grace of God, I think these attendees are right:... Continue Reading

Friendship in a Fractured Age: The 8th Annual Eighth Day Symposium

Forefeast of Theophany

Christ___John_Square.jpegFRIENDSHIP has long been a significant focus of philosophical reflection. It was a very popular topic among both the ancient Greeks and Romans and then also among early Christians. Aristotle and Cicero laid the groundwork for further development by early Christian leaders such as St. Gregory the Theologian and St. Augustine of Hippo. Friendship continued to be a focus of reflection throughout the Middle Ages, most... Continue Reading

2017 End-of-Year Appeal by Board President Tom Rhein

Feast of the Martyr Sebastian & His Companions

Please take a few moments to read our end-of-year annual appeal by Tom Rhein, President of the Eighth Day Institute Board of Directors:

Tom_Rhein_300x300.jpegDEAR FRIENDS

When I wrote my first appeal letter in the fall of 2014, I focused on the ways in which Eighth Day Institute had become a home for my ecumenical family, a source of hope for our culture,... Continue Reading

An Ancient Christian Theory of Images

Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos

John_Damascene_Square_2.jpgSEVERAL TIMES a year the Spiritual Life Center hosts an evening similar to the Hall of Men and the Sisters of Sophia. They call it Dinner with the Doctors. After dinner a lecture is presented on one of the 36 Doctors of the Catholic Church. The dinner and lecture take place in a hall that is decorated with images of those 36 doctors... Continue Reading

#EighthDayGivingTuesday 2017

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

THANKSGIVING is in the air. 

We are so grateful for our many supporters and volunteers. Our work would not exist without all of you!

That spirit of gratitude will be shared all around the country this Thursday. It also has an opportunity to manifest itself in less than seven days on #GivingThursday. On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this day has launched the charitable giving season for... Continue Reading

From 8 to 188: The Miraculous Years

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudie & Barachiel

Dreher_at_Ladder_with_Jennifer_Harder_Square.jpegSEVERAL important things happened three years ago at Eighth Day Institute (“EDI”).

First, EDI received a grant for two purposes: (1) to send me a way for a month to re-start my dissertation (a long story that I’m so glad to have behind me); and (2) to bring me on as a... Continue Reading

The Imitation of the Inklings: Do the Deed at Hand!

Feast of St Artremius the Great Martyr of Antioch

inklings-1.jpgDID YOU KNOW there are nineteen “canonical” Inklings? Or at least that’s how many Humphrey Carpenter includes in his book The Inklings. Of those nineteen, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are by far the most known and widely read. (If you want to learn more about all nineteen of them, David Bratman uses Carpenter’s list to... Continue Reading

Rise and Converge with the Symphony of Truth

Feast of St Dionysios the Areopagite

Creation_Square.jpgWHAT HATH the Ethics of Elfland to do with The Pen, the Pipe & the Pint? In other words, how can I justify organizing a festival that presents lectures on the virtuous life, organizes a seminar on smoking a tobacco pipe, and offers complementary beer-tastings from local brewers? Let me defend myself by appealing to two of my personal heroes.

Hans Urs von Balthasar,... Continue Reading

A Toast to Warren Farha's Caravan of Culture

Feast of Sts Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

EDI_Award_SQUARE.jpegOUR INAUGURAL St John of Damascus Award was a huge success. You can read a brief report about it HERE.

For me personally, it was a delight and an honor to organize an event and present an award to a man who has had such a huge influence on my life. In one way or another,... Continue Reading