Upcoming Events:

  • Sisters of Sophia presenting St Hildegard of Bingen

    at The Ladder
    Anno Domini 2017, November 21
    Tuesday at 06:15 PM

    Hildegard_Square2.jpegDear Sisters,

    If you aren't familiar with the Sisters of Sophia, we walk with women of wisdom as we learn from their lives. We meet every third Tuesday of the month. Our gathering of ladies is both challenging and refreshing, as is the camaraderie along the way!

    6:15 Doors Open

    6:30 Snacks and Fellowship

    7:30 Eighth Day Convocation and Lecture on the St Hildegard of Bingen by Jamie Arnold-Korbel.

    8:15 Q&A and Closing Prayer

    Please join us for fellowship and learning! We will end promptly at 8:30, but women are welcome to chat long after that!

    Snacks are gratis, provided by volunteer attendees. Water and iced tea will be available. Adult beverages are available on a donation basis.

    Please feel free to invite friends through FB!
    Childcare not available.


  • Cappadocian Society Reading MacIntyre

    at The Ladder in Wichita, KS
    Anno Domini 2017, November 30
    Thursday at 04:00 PM

    after-virtue.jpgAfter tackling Charles Taylor's A Secular Age for our first book, we are relieved to begin working our way through a much shorter and accessible book: After Virtue by Alisdair MacIntyre.

    If you are familiar with Rod Dreher's Benedict Option, the name for his option comes out of the last pages of MacIntyre's work, where he calls for a new Benedict.

    This reading group is primarily geared toward those involved in ministry, but we welcome anybody serious about reading and renewing culture.

    Join us on Thursdays, from 4-5:30 pm at The Ladder.


  • Benedict Hour

    at The Ladder
    Anno Domini 2017, December 01
    Friday at 04:00 PM

    Benedict_Square_4.jpegMany moons ago, we opened up The Ladder on Friday evenings for a sort of happy hour. We called it the Benedict Hour.

    We've brought that tradition back, exclusively for Eighth Day Patrons, Pillars & Olympians, and it's been a delightful time.

    So delightful, in fact, that we've made it a weekly event.

    If you are an Eighth Day Patron, Pillar, or Olympian, please join us on Friday, Dec 1, from 4-6 pm at the Ladder, and get to know your fellow Eighth Day Members. There is no other agenda, just an opportunity for our community to have fellowship and real conversation in a pub-like space without noisy music and televisions all over the place.

    If you're not a Patron, Pillar, or Olympian, consider joining our growing community.

    We hope to see you Friday!

    P.S. You won't have to leave at 6 pm, since Eighth Day Patrons and above already have access to use the Ladder.

  • Eighth Day Round Table

    at The Ladder
    Anno Domini 2017, December 05
    Tuesday at 06:30 PM

    Round_Table_Square.jpegA group of gentlemen in Newton, KS meet monthly to engage in civil and thoughtful conversation. They call themselves Pipes & Pints and they are the fruit of their experience at the Hall of Men. Several of our guys have attended their meetings and liked them so much that they convinced us to try out their format. The Hall of Men has done so three times, and each time it has been a fantastic experience, particularly in terms of ecumenical dialogue. 

    We liked it so much, in fact, that we've decided to make it a monthly Eighth Day Institute event. Because the format is so effective at facilitating great conversations and authentic ecumenical dialogue, we don't want to limit it to men. So we're calling it the Eighth Day Round Table and we're inviting all ladies and gentlemen to participate. Our good friend and EDI Board Member Nick Pohlenz will be the moderator.

    Here's the format: Doors open at The Ladder at 6:30 pm on the first Tuesdays of each month. At 6:45 pm., anyone interested in pitching a topic gets thirty seconds to use their rhetorical skills to convince us their proposal deserves discussion. Proposed topics are ranked by secret ballot, tallied in real time, and then taken in sequence, third-ranked through first-ranked, about 45 minutes each, with a ten-minute break in between each round.

    Light hors d'oeuvers will be provided.

    As usual, beer and wine will be available on a donation basis. 

    We're looking forward to room full of ladies and gentlemen engaging in a great ecumenical dialogue of love and truth.

    We hope to see you 6:30 pm at The Ladder on Tuesday, December 5!

  • 2017 Nativity Feast

    at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wichita, KS
    Anno Domini 2017, December 29
    Friday at 06:00 PM


    The Thirst of Adam & David Quenched in a Cave

    Bethlehem has opened Eden: come, and let us see. We have found joy in secret: come, and let us take possession of the paradise that is within the cave. There the unwatered Root has appeared, from which forgiveness flowers forth: there is found the undug Well, whence David longed to drink of old. There the Virgin has borne a Babe, and made the thirst of Adam and David to cease straightway. Therefore, let us hasten to this place where now is born a young Child, the pre-eternal God.   ~Festal Matins

    Eighth Day Members, this feast is exclusively for you! 

    Thank you so much for sustaining us. You have enabled us to continue developing opportunities for cultural renewal. We are deeply grateful. To express our appreciation we have priced this feast based on the per/person cost to organize and host the event. And as usual, Patrons receive a 50% discount and Pillars attend free.

    Registration is required and early rate ends December 16...Register below.


    When: 6:00-10:00 pm on December 29, 2017

    Where: Trinity Lutheran Church (611 S. Erie, Wichita, 67211)

    Who: Members Only - Membership Includes Spouse or Significant Other

    Dress: Dressy Casual

    Food: TBA

    Drinks: Cash Bar

    Schedule of Events

    6:00 pm
    Doors open 

    6:30 pm     
    Eighth Day Convocation and Food is Served

    7:30 pm     
    Welcome and Introduction by Director Doom

    Scripture, Reading and Prayer

    Short Reflection on Adam

    Special Music

    Scripture, Reading and Prayer

    Short Reflection on King David

    Special Music

    Scripture, Reading and Prayer

    Short Reflection on Christ               

    Explanation of Nativity Iconography

    9:00 pm     
    Close with Nativity Hymn, Christmas Carols, and More Fellowship

    Eighth Day Donors & Patrons

    Please consider upgrading your membership to receive free registration or 50% discount on all EDI events.

    1. Donors: Upgrade to Patron Membership

    If you are not a monthly member, please consider signing up on the automated monthly membership plan at $35/month and you'll receive a 50% discount off all EDI events (plus a 10% discount at Eighth Day Books, among other perks).

    If you are already a monthly member, increase your monthly membership to $35/month, sign up here and we'll cancel your old membership. Or, we do welcome end-of-year gifts...bring your 2017 giving up to a total of $420 or above. 

    2. Donors and Patrons: Upgrade to Pillar Membership

    If you are not a monthly member, please consider signing up on the automated monthly membership plan at $75/month and you'll receive a 100% discount off all EDI events (plus a 10% discount at Eighth Day Books, among other perks).

    If you are already a monthly member, increase your monthly membership to $75/month or above by signing up here and we'll cancel your old membership. Or, we do welcome end-of-year gifts... bring your 2017 giving up to a total of $900 or above.  



  • Eighth Day Symposium 2018

    at Eighth Day Books and St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral
    Anno Domini 2018, January 25
    Thursday at 07:00 PM through January 28, 2018

    STRANGERS & SOCIETY: Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age

    Last_Supper_square.jpegWe are finalizing our speakers and working on details for our 8th annual Eighth Day Symposium.

    Our Orthodox speaker confirmed, Dr. Peter Kanelos. Dr. Kanelos just took the helm as President of St John's College. You can learn more about him and his new role HERE.

    Our Protestant speaker is Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio. You can learn more about that wonderful audio publication HERE.

    And for our Catholic speaker, we are delighted to announce that Joseph Pearce will be returning.

    We hope you'll mark your calendars now so you can join us in Wichita, KS for a wonderful dialogue of love and truth on January 25-27, 2018.

    For many of you who have grown accustomed to the Symposium on the MLK weekend, our sincere apologies for the change. Because we plan on three annual main events, we're trying to space them a bit more evenly (Inklings Octoberfest, Jan/Feb Eighth Day Symposium, and June/July Florovsky Week). 

    More details coming soon.

    New Eighth Day Patrons and Eighth Day Pillars receive free registration to both the Symposium and Florovsky Week. CLICK HERE to join the community of Eighth Day Members.

    Register at the bottom of this page.

    Friendship is that virtue by which spirits are bound by ties of love and sweetness, and out of many are made one. Even the philosophers of this world have ranked friendship not with things causal or transitory but with the virtues which are eternal. Solomon in the Book of Proverbs appears to agree with them when he says, "He that is a friend loves at all times," manifestly declaring that friendship is eternal if it is true friendship.  ~St. Aelred of Rievaulx



         Printable PDF Schedule

         Lectures & Abstracts



  • Inaugural Eighth Day Colloquium

    Anno Domini 2018, February 23
    Friday at 09:00 AM through February 25, 2018

    Smith__Awaiting_the_King_copy.jpgRESIDENT ALIENS: THE CITY OF GOD IN A SECULAR AGE

    If you are a pastor or are involved in any sort of ministry, you'll want to join us for this inaugural Eighth Day Colloquium with James K. A. Smith.

    Smith will lead us in an exploration of public theology within the context of a secular age. We thus encourage registrants to read two of Smith's books: 1) How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor; and 2) Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology.

    Smith__How_Not_to_Be_Secular_copy.jpgCoffee, Morning Snacks, and Lunch will be provided.

    Location TBA

    9am-4pm on Friday and Saturday, Feb 23-24

    Smith will also be giving two public lectures:

    1) Thursday evening, Feb 22: A Hall of Men sponsored lecture on St Augustine. This will be a Hall of Men format, but open to the public (gals included!)

    2) Saturday evening, Feb 24: A public lecture related to his book You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

    New Eighth Day Patrons and Eighth Day Pillars receive free registration to both the Colloquium and the January SymposiumCLICK HERE to join the community of Eighth Day Members.