CATECHETICAL ACADEMY forming body, mind & soul

school-of-athens1.jpgThe initial impulse for Eighth Day Institute, long before its initial incorporation in 2008, was to establish a “Gap-Year Progam” 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. The name of our... Continue Reading


 

EIGHTH DAY SYMPOSIUM a mere christian gathering

Soil_Sacrament_Flyer_Simple_Square.jpgIn 2011, we organized our first one-day conference: “Imagination & Soul: Harry Potter & Twilight.” The following year we doubled our attendance with “What’s Wrong with the World: An Inkling of a Response.” Based on the success of those first two years, we expanded the symposium in 2013 to two full days to investigate the great cardio-anthropologist: “Dostoevsky... Continue Reading


 

INKLING FESTIVAL a mere christian festival

meettheinklings.jpgThrough weekly gatherings to discuss their ideas and writings at a British pub called The Eagle & Child, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien created a fascinating fellowship of friendship. In addition to Lewis and Tolkien, this fellowship included Owen Barfield, Dorothy Sayers, and Charles Williams. They called themselves the Inklings... Continue Reading


 

HALL of MEN remembering the heroes of old

HoM_Logo_w_Brown_for_Tankards.jpgOn the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, men gather at The Ladder to engage in a vigorous, non-“lowest-common-denominator” type of ecumenism among the three Great Christian Traditions. We aren’t afraid to put on our theological boxing gloves to spar for a minute, and to take them off for a shared pint the next... Continue Reading


 

Sisters of Sophia walking with women of wisdom

yaroslavl-icons6.jpgJoin us every third Tuesday, with a few exceptions  as we embark on what will surely be a life-changing experience for all of us as we deepen our understanding of these great women of faith who, unsung as they may sometimes be, still have so much to say to us. Continue Reading


GREAT CONVERSATIONS rescuing discourse from political parties

FOR THE LAST two years, my friend Mike Witherspoon has been organizing an event he called "The New Symposium." Three times a year, he invited his friends to present their positions on a pre-established topic. They met in a home and he moderated the dialogue.

In a recent conversation, we decided this event seemed to fit well with our work of cultural renewal. The event’s descriptive tag is: “Rescuing Discourse from the Political Parties.” That’s another way of emphasizing what we’ve been calling a “Dialogue of Love.”

So we decided to bring it under the EDI umbrella.

- See more at: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/great_conversations_a_new_name_for_the_new_symposium#sthash.WTho2MMC.dpuf

Plato_Aristotle_Square.jpgDuring the years of 2013-2014, our friend Mike Witherspoon has been organizing an event he called "The New Symposium." Three times a year, he invited his friends to present their positions on a pre-established topic. They met in a home and he moderated the dialogue. In a recent conversation, we decided this event seemed to fit well with our work of cultural renewal. The event's descriptive tag is: "Rescuing Discourse from the Political Parties." That's another way of emphasizing what we've been calling a "Dialogue of Love." So we decided to bring it under the EDI umbrella. Continue Reading


 

TABLE TALKS a traditional lecture series

Ladder.JPGAlthough we acknowledge technology has a legitimate role for education, we believe traditional formats are still effective: lectures and dialogue. So twice a year we gather around a table for a series of traditional lectures on a given topic and conclude each session with great conversations... Continue Reading


 

SOCIETY of SIMPLE SOULS an oral reading group

Society_of_Simple_Souls_Logo.jpgJoin us at The Ladder on the first and third Thursdays of each month for a feast of food, drink, and oral reading of writings from the undivided Church: Orthodox/Catholic/Protestant classics, Chesterton and The Inklings, poetry, and sundry essays. Examples of previous readings include: Kenneth Graham’s The Wind and the Willow, The Apostolic Fathers, and Paul Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. As usual, simplicity will prevail. Learn More Here


 

RETREATS restoring the harmony of body, mind & soul

Retreat.jpgAristotle argues that humans work in order to “do leisure.” Two important implications can be drawn: first, leisure should be the centerpiece around which life revolves; and second, leisure is an activity. Unfortunately, this dictum has been turned on its head by our age's obsessive emphasis on work and productivity. Life now tends to revolve around work with spare time geared toward passive entertainment... Continue Reading


 

ET CETERA other eighth day endeavors

Peter_Iconography_Workshop.jpgIn the past we have offered iconography workshops and language courses in Greek and Latin. As we begin to develop The Catechetical Academy, opportunities for other types of endeavors like these will increase (e.g. Calligraphy, Brewing, Print Making, Candle Making, etc.). And they will be offered on a more regular basis. More information forthcoming.