A Narrative History is forthcoming.

Until then, see the timeline below for all that we have accomplished from 2006-2016.

2006
Two classes offered at Ladder – ongoing through 2008:

  • The Bible and the Fathers led by Joshua Sturgill
  • Introductory Latin led by Garret Jeter

2007
June School: “God Spies” for Northfield students at Dogwood Mudhole, TN and University of Sewanee

Lecture at EDB: “Family, Place, and Identity in Western Kansas” by Dr. Craig Miner (Sep 15)

Literature on the Silver Screen at EDB: The Wizard of Oz introduced by Dr. Jay Price (Sep 29)

Lecture Series at EDB: “Doubt and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ” by Dr. Chris Ketler (Oct 13)

Lecture Series at EDB: “Suffering and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ” by Dr. Chris Ketler (Oct 20)

Literature on the Silver Screen at EDB: The Natural introduced by Dr. Chris Kettler (Oct 27)

2008
January School: “Wendell Berry: The Art of the Commonplace” with Northfield students in Dogwood Mudhole, TN and Sewanee

Lecture and Film Series

  • “Wendell Berry and the Twelve Southerners: An Introduction to Agrarianism” by Erin Doom (Mar 28)
  • Lecture by local farmers (find details)
  • The Agronomist (date?)

Legally Incorporated as St. John of Damascus Institute (Apr 18)

Lecture and Film Series with Iconography Workshop

  • “Damascene Monk and Byzantine Empress: Icons as Scripture and Theology” by Erin Doom (May 9)
  • Iconographer’s Guild of Denver at The Ladder by Anne Emmons (May 14-17)
  • Andrei Rublev introduced by Nathan Filbert (May 23)

June School: “John Cassian and the Eighth Thoughts” with Northfield students in Dogwood Mudhole, TN

Hall of Men launched (Oct 16; see Hall of Men list for details through 2016): See Hall of Men List

Medieval School: The History of Monasticism for Northfield Freshmen Medieval History class at Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, KS (Nov 15-17)

2009
*See Hall of Men List

1st Annual Feast of St Patrick (details?)

Medieval School: The History of Monasticism for Northfield Freshmen Medieval History class at Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, KS (Nov 15-17)

1st Annual Feast of the Nativity

2010
*See Hall of Men List

Feast of St. Valentine (Feb 14)

2nd Annual Feast of St Patrick

Lecture and Film Series: Flannery O’Connor: Prophetic Novelist and Incarnational Artist by Erin Doom and Stan Cox (Aug 12-14)

  • “Flannery O’Connor: A Life Grounded in the Incarnation for the Displacement of Wingless Chickens” by Erin Doom
  • Wise Blood introduced by Stan Cox
  • Lecture and Discussion on “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Stan Cox
  • Lecture and Discussion on “Revelation” by Stan Cox

Medieval School: The History of Monasticism for Northfield Freshmen Medieval History class at Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, KS (Nov 15-17)

2nd Annual Feast of the Nativity: “The Day Before Christmas: A Journey to Bethlehem through a Liturgy of Hours” (date?)

2011
*See Hall of Men List

1st Annual Eighth Day Symposium: “Imagination & Soul: Harry Potter, Twilight & Spiritual Formation” with John Granger (Jan 28)

Live broadcast of Florovsky Patristics Symposium: “On the Tree of the Cross: The Patristic Doctrine of the Atonement” (Feb 12)

3rd Annual Feast of St Patrick (details?)

Fall Table Talks

  • The Poetics of Architecture by Tony Jacobs (Sep 13, 20, 27)
  • The Architecture of Poetics by Jeanine Hathaway (Oct 4 & 11)

Lecture & Film Series: Charles Williams and the Theology of Romantic Love by Stan Cox

  • Charles Williams: Inkling, Dante Scholar & Theologian of Romantic Love (Nov 1)
  • Book Discussion on Descent into Hell by Charles Williams (Nov 8)
  • Film: The Deer Hunter (Nov 11)
  • Discussion of The Deer Hunter and Thematic Connections with Descent into Hell (Nov 15)  

Men’s Retreat: Sacred Time & Christian Prayer: Praying the Hours with Kansas Monks at Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, KS (Dec 2-4)

3rd Annual Feast of the Nativity: Get Details

2012
*See Hall of Men List

2nd Annual Eighth Day Symposium: “What’s Wrong with the World: An Inkling of a Response” with Ralph Wood (dates)

Live Broadcast of Florovsky Patristics Symposium: “The Body of the Living Christ: The Patristic Doctrine of the Church” (Feb 10-11)

Lenten Retreat: Sacred Time & Christian Prayer: Praying the Hours with Kansas Monks at Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, KS (Feb 24-26)

4th Annual Feast of St. Patrick

Bill Mallonee Concert at The Ladder (Mar 30)

Spring Table Talks: Food, God and Diets by Dr. Mark Mosley

  • The Nature of Food (Apr 20)
  • The Creator of Food (Apr 27)

Spring Table Talks: Sex, Depression and the Good Life by Scott Spradlin

  • Sex: On Puritans, Pornography & Popularity (May 4)
  • Depression: Moods, Meds & Mortality (May 11)
  • The Good Life: Cultivating the Courage to be Human (May 18)

Microsynaxis, No. 1: The Work of Renewing Culture (Fall)

Feast of the Ecclesial New Year: “The Liturgical Year: Spies, Stylites, a Virgin & the Cross” (Aug 31)

Fall Table Talks: “The Science of the Soul” by Robert Hartman (Sep 21, 28)

Fall Table Talks: “The Science of Superheroes” by Don Lemons (Oct 19, 26)                   

4th Annual Feast of the Nativity: “Three Wise Priests: A Liturgical Journey to the Throne on High and the Manger Below” (Dec 7)

2013
*See Hall of Men List

3rd Annual Eighth Day Symposium: “Dostoevsky: The Divine and the Demoniac” with Ralph Wood (Jan 24-26)

Festal Banquet for the Feast Day of St. Gregory the Theologian (Jan 25)

A Word from the Fathers, No. 1: Commentary on an Easter Hymn of St. Gregory Nazianzen by St. Dorotheos of Gaza (Pascha)

5th Annual Feast of St. Patrick

2014
*See Hall of Men List

4th Annual Eighth Day Symposium: “Constantine, Christendom & Cultural Renewal” with Vigen Guroian, Alan Kreider, Peter Leithart, and Benjamin Wiker (Jan 16-18)

Festal Banquet for Feast Day of St. Anthony the Great (Jan 14)

Live Broadcast of Florovsky Patristics Symposium: "Creation and Creaturehood: The Doctrine of Creation in the Patristic Tradition (Feb 14-15)

A Word from the Fathers, No. 2.1: The Desert Sayings of St. Anthony the Great (Theophany)          

6th Annual Feast of St. Patrick

A Word from the Fathers, No. 2.2: On the Holy Virgin Theotokos by St. Proclus Archbishop of Constantinople (Dormition)

Microsynaxis, No. 2: The Communion of Saints (Fall)

A Word from the Fathers, No. 2.3: The Divine Dilemma & Its Solution in the Incarnation by St. Athanasius the Great (Nativity)

2015
*See Hall of Men and Sisters of Sophia Lists

5th Annual Eighth Day Symposium: “Whatever Happened to Wonder? The Recovery of Mystery in a Secular Age” with Bishop James Conley, Rod Dreher, and James K. A. Smith (dates)

Festal Banquet (details?)

A Word from the Fathers, 3.1: Small and Great Vespers for the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ (Theophany)

Spring Table Talks: A Directed Reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Stan Cox

  • The Journey Begins: Poetics and the Via Affirmativa (Feb 16)
  • Descent into Hell: The Cure for Puritanical Hedonism (Feb 23)
  • Purgatory: Theosis as the Purpose of the Christian Life (Mar 2)
  • Paradiso: The Orthodoxy of Dante (Mar 9)

7th Annual Feast of St. Patrick

1st Annual Inklings Festival: “The Ethics of Elfland: Virtue and Vice in Narnia and Middle Earth” with Louis Markos and Kevin O’Brien (July 17-18)

Fall Table Talks: Details by Doom

  • Charles Taylor: For the Life of a Secular Age (Sep 19)
  • Fr. Georges Florovsky: On Church Fathers and Canonical Traditions (Oct 17)

Sisters of Sophia Launched with presentation on Holy Wisdom by Nyleen Lenk (Sep 15)

Great Conversations: “How Do Team Sports Impact Families, Schools, and Churches?” (Oct 27)

Feast of the Nativity for Eighth Day Members: Details? (Dec 11)

2016
*See Hall of Men and Sisters of Sophia Lists

6th Annual Eighth Day Symposium: “Soil and Sacrament: The World as Gift” with Mike Aquilina, Hans Boersma, and Vigen Guorian (Jan 14-16)

Festal Banquet (details?)

Synaxis, 3.1: Soil and Sacrament: The World as Gift (Theophany)

Great Conversations: “Who Is Currently the Best Candidate for President of the Unites States of America?” (Feb 23)

"Power and Persecution: A Symposium on the Status of Persecuted Christian Communities in the Middle East" (Co-Sponsored with St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral on Feb 26)

8th Annual Feast of St. Patrick: Details? (Mar 12)

Great Conversations: How Should We Read the Creation Account of Genesis 1-2 in Light of Modern Science? (Apr 12)

Pipes and Pints (June 30)

2nd Annual Inklings Festival: “A Society of Gods? Theosis in the Inklings” with Ralph Wood (July 23)

Synaxis 3.2: A Society of Gods? Theosis in the Inklings (Transfiguration)

Great Conversation at the Kansas African-American Museum: “Yes, black lives matter. So, what’s to be done?” (Oct 4)

Pipes and Pints (Dec 2)

Feast of the Nativity for Eighth Day Members (Dec 9)

 

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