ABOUT US: eighth day institute
What do you mean by renewing culture? Why do you place such an emphasis on the early Church Fathers and the Classics? What do you mean by ecumenism? Why is your organization called the "Eighth Day" institute? What are your educational goals? What is your vision for the future? How did you come to be? What is your story? We hope our answers on this page will address your questions. CONTACT US if you still have questions.
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our WELCOME: the eighth day community
Welcome to the Eighth Day Community! Eighth Day Institute is an educational non-profit that grew out of Erin Doom's eight years of employment at Eighth Day Books. Our mission of "renewing culture through faith and learning" is carried out through educational endeavors that seek to accomplish what Eighth Day Books does as a bookstore: connect people... Continue Reading
our MISSION: renewing culture
To give you a better idea of who we are and what we mean by renewing culture, we offer you the opening section of the Foreword to our first issue of Microsynaxis by Erin Doom, our Founder and Executive Director: "Notes Towards the Definition of of Cultural Renewal."
our HISTORY: a timeline of accomplishments
Before we were officially incorporated or had even thought about seeking 501(c)(3) status, we began our operations in 2006. Over the course of the next decade, we grew and developed under the leadership of our founder and director, Erin Doom. During this same time period, Director Doom was working on a PhD (just recently submitted to his supervisor) and, until the fall of 2014, he was either teaching, selling roofs, or engaged in independent construction projects as a means to carry our work forward. To see all that we were able to accomplish in that time period, Click Here.
our ECUMENISM: a dialogue of love grounded in tradition
The first element of Eighth Day Ecumenism is a dialogue of love. But it is a dialogue that is grounded in a second element: a return to the Fathers of the early Church, labeled by Fr Geroges Florovsky as a Neopatristic Synthesis. But what does this mean? Learn More Here
our WORK: faith & learning
Origen once asked Gregory the Miracle Worker, a third century bishop of Caesarea, "to extract from the philosophy of the Greeks what may serve as a course of study or a preparation for Christianity, and from geometry and astronomy what will serve to explain the sacred Scriptures." We like to think our work would please Origen. For a growing list of our Eighth Day Endeavors, Click Here. Or, to see a snapshot of a year at EDI, Click Here.
our FAITH: the nicene creed
We believe historic Christianity as revealed in its scriptures, confessed in its creeds, prayed in its liturgies, defended by its ecumenical councils, and interpreted by its "great cloud of witnesses” is the key to a vibrant culture. For an encapsulation of this historic Christianity in the Nicene Creed, Click Here.
our IDENTITY: a local community of christians
Wichita, KS is our home. We love local. We strive to build a community that is a foretaste of the Kingdom. We love community. And we are unabashedly Christian. We love Christ. To learn more about our identity, Click Here.
our PHILOSOPHY: education renews culture
We believe a classical, liberal, and integrative education, if crafted correctly, will promote the renewal of culture by accomplishing seven goals: awaken wonder, kindle a love of learning, sharpen discernment, produce good citizens, give birth to love, lead to worship, and reintegrate fallen humanity. For a brief explanation of these goals, Click Here.
our OBJECTIVES: building the kingdom
We love learning. We desire God. We love the least. We develop leaders. We prepare young people for life. We help people discern their vocations. We cultivate craftsmen. We revive household economies. We promote local culture. For a short explanation of each of these objectives, Click Here.
our LEADERSHIP: orthodox, catholic & protestant
Founded by an Orthodox Christian, our bylaws require more than 50% of the Board of Directors to be Orthodox. Our leadership, however, exemplifies our commitment to ecumenism: Executive Director Erin Doom is an Eastern Orthodox Christian; President Tom Rhein is a Roman Catholic Christian; and Vice President Jim Logan is a Protestant Christian. To see a list of our directors and officers, Click Here.
our PATRON: st john of damascus
Our patron saint is an eighth-century Byzantine saint whose life embodies everything we stand for at Eighth Day Institute. He was a philosopher and a theologian, a poet and a preacher, a hymnographer and a monk. He is our hero. To learn more about St John of Damascus, Click Here.