In Defense of Christians

Feast of the Holy Righteous Martyr Eudocia the Samaritan

Persecuted_Christians_Square.jpegIF YOU DIDN'T make it to the conference we co-sponsored with St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral this past weekend (“Power & Persecution: The Status of the Persecuted Christian Communities in the Middle East”), you missed out.

Fr Paul O’Callaghan gave us an excellent and concise historical overview of who the Christians are in the Middle East. Nahren Anweya told us countless... Continue Reading


Tax Receipts and Thanks

Feast of St Agatha the Martyr

I'M WRAPPING up the painful process of preparing tax-deductible receipts for all of you who so generously and faithfully supported our work in 2015. They will be in the mail next week. If you need a total before you receive the receipt, please email me.

I'd also like to publicly thank and acknowledge all the folks who helped make our sixth annual Eighth Day Symposium so successful:


A Symposium on the Status of the Persecuted Christian Communities in the Middle East

Feast of St Laurence the Recluse

Destroyed_Church_Square.jpegWHO ARE the Christians of the Middle East? What are they enduring? What are their hopes? What can we do?

These are extremely important questions that you should be considering.

We've partnered with St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral to offer a conference that will help provide answers to these questions. We will also use this as an opportunity to launch a local chapter of... Continue Reading


Digital Content of Soil & Sacrament Symposium for Members

Feast of St Xenophon and His Companions

Doom_Boston_Hat_2.jpgAS YOU MAY already know, we have been archiving digital content of our work for over seven years now. This includes material from the Hall of Men, Table Talks, Lecture-&-Film series, Feasts, Symposia, Inklings Festival, and now the Sisters of Sophia.

And hopefully you already know that we have already begun posting this material for Eighth Day Members (2015 Symposium & 2015 Inklings... Continue Reading


Symposium, Consortium and a Letter from Wendell Berry

Feast of St Agathangelus the Martyr

Erin___Kevin_Square.jpegIT'S BEEN a week since the conclusion of our sixth annual symposium. I concur with a number of emails and comments I've received saying this one was our best one yet. This has happened every year thus far and it makes me stand in fear and trembling as I begin to think about next year's symposium.

One Eighth Day member attributes the success to... Continue Reading


End-of-Year Fundraising Update

hours_of_prayer_square.jpgIn the middle of November, in order to meet our 2015 budget we needed to raise an additional $32,000 beyond the level of giving at that time.

We had an incredible inaugural #GivingTuesday with over $6,000 raised in a matter of hours. Between #GivingTuesday and all other donations, we have raised a total of $18,637 in less than four weeks! Thank you to all of our supporters!

With a total budget of... Continue Reading


St Cyril of Alexandria Hoodies - Must order by Dec 23

Feast of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle

Cyril_Hoodie.pngWE'LL BE celebrating the life of St Cyril of Alexandria at both the Christmas Feast and the Symposium Banquet.

As a part of our commemoration of St Cryil, we have designed a hoodie for a small EDI fundraising campaign.

But the hoodies must be ordered by Dec 23. A small percentage of each hoodie sold will be donated to Eighth Day Institute.... Continue Reading


Christmas Feast, Defending Christians & Letter to Obama

Feast of Our Holy Father Clement, Pope of Rome

nativity_icon1.jpgAFTER MISSING two years, we are bringing back our annual Christmas Feast. But we're changing it up and will be offering a special deal tomorrow. So mark your calendars for December 11 and watch for details tomorrow.

We are also excited to announce that we are co-sponsoring a conference with St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral on the persecution of Christians in the... Continue Reading


No more Hall of Men or Sisters of Sophia?

The_Nativity_of_Jesus_Christ_NB.jpegThere are no more Hall of Men or Sisters of Sophia meetings scheduled for 2015. Sad, huh?

We have a solution.

We're bringing back the Christmas Feast as a way to introduce and promote the 2016 schedule for Hall of Men and Sisters of Sophia.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for a great feast on December 11, 2015.

But before we make this feast official, can you please help me out with the planning... Continue Reading


The Two Happiest Places on the Planet

Feast of St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

Rod_Dreher.jpgROD DREHER is sometimes accused of being an angry pessimist. I beg to differ.

I admit, he is a realist and he isn't afraid to speak the truth. But that's a good thing, even if it frequently offends.

Rod is a kind, southern gentleman. I've experienced it first hand many times. He was sheer delight at our symposium back in January. And... Continue Reading