Erin Doom

  • Eighth Day Institute: The Past, the Present & the Future and Incarnate Communication

    Feast of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle

    WE RECENTLY put together a series of videos on the work of Eighth Day Institute. If you haven't seen them yet, check them out here. I also invited my good friend Joshua Sturgill, the founding Vice President of Eighth Day Institute, to reflect on the history and work of Eighth Day Institute. I've provided his written reflection below, along with a short video clip of him reflecting on cultural renewal and incarnate communication. Enjoy!

    Our first tasks were stripping old carpet and tile off the floors and hanging a ladder from the ceiling to prepare the space we'd already decided would be called The Ladder. Back then, our working title was The St. John of Damascus Institute, which would have The Ladder as its headquarters and primary gathering place. Now, of course, the walls are flush with icons, photographs, and paper copies of famous heroes. But when we held our first Hall of Men, the walls were bare, and our few icons (still there!) sat expectantly on the mantle, waiting to be joined by a cloud of witnesses. Before the Eighth Day Symposium, before the Sisters of Sophia or the Inklings Festival, and before a website chock-full of content, we were just a few friends discussing Erin Doom’s vision of cultural renewal starting locally and bringing like-minded folks into a timeless conversation. 

    To have continued in this vision, despite all the cultural and financial obstacles, is a testament both to Erin’s tenacity and to the courage of the EDI community. The surrounding culture is, if anything, more chaotic and distorted than it was a decade ago. Yet the work of renewal continues. Just as at the beginning, Eighth Day Institute is about the people and the hope of a safe and thriving place for family, spiritual maturity, history, hope. My own course has taken me in and out of Wichita over the last several years, but I always feel that EDI is an anchor – a bit of sanity in a rather insane world.  

    Please consider giving to the work Erin is doing in this community. Give what you can: prayer, money, time, presence. Wherever you happen to be, you can always pray for God’s protection and inspiration. The planning, financing, and execution of EDI’s projects – like the Symposium or Feast Days or the print and digital publications – require the prayerful involvement of committed people both locally and abroad. There has never been a time we didn't need help of some kind – and never a time when we had to shut down the work because help didn't come! When we were stripping floors and painting walls, we had no idea what God would bring us in the next few years. But we knew it would be good, and we knew it would be important for the health of our souls. From hopeful beginnings to the possibilities of the present, EDI’s full story hasn't yet been told. How will you be part of our future?

  • published Classy Monthly Membership 2018-03-23 17:40:41 -0500

  • published St Patrick 2019 2018-02-23 01:30:54 -0600

  • published Colloquium 2018 2018-01-29 14:47:54 -0600

  • The Round Table with a Twist: For or Against Amazon?

    Feast of St Macarius the Great

    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: first Tuesdays of every month at The Ladder. 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.

    We've had a delightful time at our first two meetings in December and January, discussion contraception, the role of miracles in the modern world, how feminism has impacted men and masculinity, why suicide rates are skyrocketing and what we can do about it, and others.

    Here's the original format: 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 to first-ranked question. Each topic is given about 30 minutes of discussion, with a ten-minute break in between each round.

    But we're going to throw a new twist into the format. In consultation with moderator Nick Pohlenz and several of the past attendees, I have chosen a question for the next meeting on February 6, provoked by a beautiful little booklet I purchased from Eighth Day Books: Against Amazon: Seven Arguments / One Manifesto: Is there a justifiably moral rationale to boycott Amazon? In other words, are you for or against Amazon and why or why not?

    Now here's the reason for the insertion of this question. At the February meeting, we'll still democratically elect the top 3 questions for dialogue. We'll discuss #3, #2, and then the Amazon question, reserving the top choice question for the following meeting in March. This will allow us to offer some more specific promotion for the event, but more importantly, it will provide you with a month to reflect on the question, to find a book or essay or poem to bring to the table at the next meeting. 

    So in this instance, I encourage you to go purchase a copy of the booklet, read it, and come prepared for an exciting discussion about Amazon!

    See you February 6 for a dialogue of love and truth,
    Director Doom

    P.S. If you like dialogue...join us at the 8th annual Eighth Day Symposium on "Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age" You can attend for as little as $35 if you sign up as a Monthly Eighth Day Patron or Pillar ... Plus EDI will receive up to a $200 matching donation!

  • commented on Friendship & the Mystery of Personhood 2018-01-10 13:31:01 -0600
    Does anybody know the source of the Lewis reference to humans being “amphibious”? The idea is thoroughly patristic, e.g., St John of Damascus: “Just as man was created both sensitive and intellectual, so did this most sacred domain [Eden] of his have the twofold aspect of being perceptible both to the senses and to the mind For, while in his body he dwelt in this most sacred and superbly beautiful place, as we have related, spiritually he resided in a loftier and more beautiful place.” ~Orthodox Faith, Bk 2, Ch 11
  • published End-of-Year 2017 2017-12-18 13:01:42 -0600

  • commented on #EighthDayGivingTuesday 2017 2017-11-28 11:00:31 -0600
    We only need $55 more in monthly memberships to receive a $1,000 donation and to launch an additional $4,000 matching offer for the remainder of this #EighthDayGivingTuesday. Sign up now, folks!
  • donated 2017-12-31 23:41:00 -0600

    Monthly Memberships Goal

    38 donors
    50 donors

    SUMMER 2017

    WICHITA EIGHTH DAY PATRON - $40-70/month

    Access to Premium Digital Content on EDI Website
    Invitation to Private Eighth Day Member Facebook Group
    Subscription to Synaxis
    15% off all EDI events
    Annual Patristic Word
    60% off Eighth Day Symposium
    10% discount at Eighth Day Books 
    Exclusive Monthly Newsletter from Director Doom
    Access to 1st floor of The Ladder
    *Includes complimentary coffee and use of 1st floor library


  • posted about Hall of Men Survey on Facebook 2017-06-06 14:24:32 -0500
    If you are a dude in the Wichita area who has ever attended the Hall of Men, please take this Hall of Men Survey!

    Hall of Men Survey

    Men from the Hall,

    Please take a few moments to complete this survey so we can know how to improve the Hall of Men experience.

    Those who complete the survey will receive a complimentary drink next time you come to the Hall of Men.

    Thanks for your time!

    Director Doom

    Take the survey

  • commented on Reflecting on Eighth Day Institute: What Is It and Why Does It Exist? 2017-05-24 18:17:07 -0500
    A Catholic friend also dropped by the Ladder today and here’s how he responded:
    1) Eighth Day Institute is a gathering of Christians who seek the truth of Christ flowing from Apostolic Tradition.
    2) Eighth Day Institute exists to show the apostolicity of culture through the ages and to teach that Christ gave us a shared Tradition that forms culture.
  • commented on Theosis and the Dialogue of Truth 2016-07-28 17:41:26 -0500
    Rick, I’m sorry we didn’t do a better job at the lectures for those new to the doctrine of deification. I hope you and other attendees will read the “Inklings Reflections” and tbe “Words from the Fathers” in the most recent issue of Synaxis, which was distributed to everyone who attended the lectures. They offer a great place to begin studying this “strange” doctrine. And I do intend to organize a follow-up reading group in Wichita for locals like you to dig deeper…that will be later in the fall.
  • donated 2015-12-09 12:34:30 -0600

    Let us ascend to the heavenly realm where the great things of time are decided so we may descend into earthly time where the great things of culture are created. -Director Doom

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  • commented on The Desire for Rest 2015-11-22 17:09:11 -0600
    15 minutes in silence looking out into the Flint Hills this afternoon was not so difficult for me…probably doesn’t count, huh?
  • commented on T. F. Torrance: Godly Patristic Theologian with Holy Ghost Logic 2015-10-14 09:20:33 -0500
    Glad you discovered us too! Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter or weekly e-digest and we’ll send you one of our publications.
  • commented on The Catechetical Academy: An Experimental Excursion 2015-10-14 10:20:20 -0500
    Just Fahrenheit 451. The rest of the readings were selections that I assembled into a notebook. We’re still thinking through the logistics of this project.
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