Cheers to Warren Farha, Founder of Eighth Day Books and Peddler of Books & Culture!

Feast of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Warren___patristics_square.jpegTHE 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... Continue Reading


Winner of the St John of Damascus Award Announced

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I am pleased and honored to announce the unanimous winner of our inaugural St. John of Damascus Award.

As THE exemplary model of our mission of renewing culture through faith and learning, WARREN FARHA will be the recipient of the 2017 St. John of Damascus Award.

Warren, whose patron saint happens to be St John of Damascus, will be honored with toasts and roasts on the evening of August 26 in... Continue Reading


On the Road: Peddling Books & Culture in Austin, TX at Circe Conference 2017

Feast of the Glorious Prophet Elijah

Circe_Square.jpegIT'S BEEN five years since I peddled Eighth Day books and culture at a Circe Conference. That was in Louisville, KY, back in 2012 when a tornado took the roof off the hotel that was hosting the conference. I was staying at another hotel where I only had to deal with a power outage. It was the first time I really experienced pitch black darkness... Continue Reading


Summer Member Meeting & the St John of Damascus Award

Feast of St Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev

John_Damascene_by_Thophanes_the_Cretan_at_Monastery_of_Stavroniketa.jpegWE'VE GOT two new events that are in the works, one for the end of July and the other at the end of August:

1. On Friday evening, July 28, we will host our first annual Summer State of the Institute meeting for Eighth Day Members. In addition to a brief report about Eighth Day Institute, we also hope this meeting will facilitate... Continue Reading


The Digital Lectern: An Update

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

Lectern_Square_1.jpgWELL IT took us a while to figure out the publishing of our digital content. But I think we've finally got it nailed down, thanks to the hard work of Daniel Brake, who happens to be a new EDI Board Director. Many thanks to Daniel for all he has done to help develop our website!

As you may have seen, several weeks ago we... Continue Reading


On the Road: Dallas and Pittsburgh

Feast of St Julian, the Martyr of Tarsus

ACCS_Square.jpegWARREN and I both hit the road yesterday. Warren is in Dallas peddling books at the Society for Classical Learning conference; I'm in Pittsburgh, PA peddling books and EDI at the Association of Christian Classical Schools conference. After a long day of setting up, I was cheered by the Wichita contingent...about 15 of them from the Classical School of Wichita.

If you're... Continue Reading


New and Improved Eighth Day Membership

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Alexander and Antonina

High_Quality_EDI_Monk_Image_Small.jpegI AM SO grateful to the growing community of Eighth Day Members. Simply put, without you the work of Eighth Day Institute would have come to an end long ago. Thank you so much for supporting our humble efforts at renewing culture through faith and learning.

I also beg your forgiveness for not doing a better job of communicating my gratitude, maintaining... Continue Reading


Your Thoughts on Eighth Day Institute

Feast of St Nicephorus, Archbishop of Constantinople

High_Quality_EDI_Monk_Image_Small.jpegFOR ALL those who responded to our survey about what Eighth Day Institute is and why it exists, many thanks!

The respondents come from six different states, are represented by five Catholics, four Orthodox, and twelve Protestants, and are all Eighth Day Members.

I am grateful and encouraged by your kind words.

The Board of Directors is currently working on a strategic plan... Continue Reading


Reflecting on Eighth Day Institute: What Is It and Why Does It Exist?

Feast of St Vincent of Lerins

hours_of_prayer_19-17-00.jpgSeveral people have been helping me think through Eighth Day Institute’s vision and mission. I’d also like to know what you think.

I would be deeply grateful if you’d answer the following two questions, preferably in the comments below (if you’d prefer, feel free to email me).

1. What is Eighth Day Institute?

2. Why does Eighth Day Institute exist?

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A Spring Whirlwind

Feast of Our Righteous Father Memnonus the Wonderworker

ORU_with_Hannah_2017_for_NB.jpegTHIS SPRING has been a whirlwind of traveling, teaching, organizing book groups, developing the Hall of Men, creating a plan for consistent content on social media and the EDI website, and a great deal of deep introspection about the mission, the work, and the future of Eighth Day Institute.

In February we launched two new reading groups. The Cappadocian Society is for... Continue Reading