Nativity Feast, Florovsky Homily & Nativity Fast

Feast of St Spyridon the Wonderworker

Christ_Deisis_with_angels_square.jpegWE HAD A delightful time together at our annual Nativity Feast Friday evening, which actually fell on the feast day of St. Anna's conception of the Theotokos, the Prophetess Hannah, and the Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection (click here for a brief reflection on that feast day).

The feast began, as many of our events do, with our Eighth... Continue Reading


#8thDayGivingWeek: A Week of Saints

Feast of St. Sabbas the Sanctified

Sabbas_Square.jpgTHIS YEAR, we decided to create our own #8thDayGivingWeek as a way to launch our end-of-year campaign, after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. And we’ve chosen a week full of important feast days, including two wonderworking saints.

Yesterday was the feast day of St. John of Damascus, the patron saint of Eighth Day Institute. You can read more about... Continue Reading


Catechetical Academy and Classical Education

Elijah_to_Elisha_Square.jpegFROM OUR website: "The initial impulse for Eighth Day Institute, long before its initial incorporation in 2008, was to establish a 'Gap-Year Program' for high-school graduates. Although our body of developing work has thus far focused solely on adult education, we still fully intend to fulfill this initial vision."

Indeed, we do still intend to fulfill this initial vision.

Long ago, back when we existed as St. John of Damascus Institute and... Continue Reading


Pipes & Pints Again, and Again and Again?

Feast of the Holy Prophet Zephaniah

Pipe_Smoking_Square.jpgAFTER ATTENDING the Hall of Men a number of years ago, our friend Brandon Buerge decided to start his own gig in Newton, KS. Like the Hall of Men, men gather over a feast of food and home-brewed/craft beer. But unlike the Hall of Men, which presents a lecture on a hero of the faith, Pipes and Pints – the name Brandon coined for... Continue Reading


Feast of the Nativity and #8thDayGivingWeek

Feast of the Holy Prophet Habakkuk

Nativity_Square_2.jpegYES, WE ARE having our annual Feast of the Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for Eighth Day Members! Click here for details.

And no, we didn't forget about #GivingTuesday! We decided to instead create our own #8thDayGivingWeek to launch our end-of-the-year campaign after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday finally come to... Continue Reading


Director Doom's Dissertation: A Long Obedience

Feast of Sts. Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

21.jpgIT IS WRITTEN.

The dissertation, which has hung like a lead weight on me, my family, and the Eighth Day community, is finally written.

Title: Neo-Patristic Synthesis for the Life of a Secular Age.

Word count: 104,000 words (too many).

From the preface, which was written in Oklahoma City at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church on the Feast... Continue Reading


7th Annual Eighth Day Symposium

Capps15thCEntire.JPGWE ARE THRILLED to announce that plans are coming together for our seventh annual symposium on January 12-14, 2017.

Playing off the title of a recent essay by Alan Jacobs in Harper's Magazine, which will be reprinted in full in Synaxis 4.1 for the symposium, our theme is "Where Are the Watchmen: Theology in the Public Square."

Our keynote speaker is Frederica Mathewes-Green. Bishop James Massa, Allan Carlson, Martin Cothran and others... Continue Reading


Music, Pipes & Feasts

Feast of All Saints

Calendar_Square.jpgMark your calendars now for the following three upcoming events:

The Jack Korbel Confluence (featuring Steve Hatfield on drums; Joshua Pickenpaugh on bass; and Randy Zellers on guitars) will perform at The Ladder (directly west of Eighth Day Books, behind Hannah Banana) in Wichita, KS. Lil' Bit Gourmet Burgers food truck will be on-site. Doors open at 7:00... Continue Reading


Join us for our next Great Conversation on Oct 4: Yes, black lives matter. So, what's to be done?

Feast of the Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

civil_rights_congress_Square.jpgGreat Conversationalists,

Greetings in the pursuit of truth through civil discourse!

May I remind you to heartily consider joining the conversation on Tuesday, October 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water, in Wichita.

The evening's topic: "Yes, black lives matter. So, what's to be done?"

May I enthusiastically urge you to be present. The... Continue Reading


Eighth Day Symposium: A Favor

Capital_with_Cross.jpgWE ARE CLOSE to finalizing details for our seventh annual Eighth Day Symposium. But before I formally announce it and open up registration, I have a couple questions for you. Can you help me improve our annual symposium?

You can answer the questions here . . . and you’ll get a few more details about the symposium.

Thanks so much for taking the time to help us improve our annual... Continue Reading