Register for the 9th Annual Feast of St Patrick

Feast of the Martyr Hesychius and St Nicholas Planas

eriugena_tall.jpgREGISTRATION is now open for our 9th annual Feast of St. Patrick on Friday, March 17.

Join us for a pre-feast beer tasting with Aero Plains Brewing at 5 pm.

Then join us for the feast with doors opening at 6:30.

Fish and chips will be served at 7 pm and then we'll have a short lecture on John Scotus... Continue Reading

On the Road with Eighth Day Books

Feast of the Martyr Eudocia

PreClimacus.JPGI'VE BEEN on the road for a week now with Warren Farha, proprietor of Eighth Day Books.

We traveled to Louisville, KY to peddle our wares (EDB and EDI) at the Climacus Conference. The theme was "Encountering God" and they had great speakers (Fr. Moses Berry, Dr. David Bradshaw, Fr. Stephen Freeman, and Jonathan Pageau), poetry readings by Richard Pierce, and a sneak preview film... Continue Reading

2017 Symposium Content & Reviews

Feast of St Procopius the Confessor and St Raphael of Brooklyn

Capps15thCEntire.JPGIF YOU MISSED our seventh annual Eighth Day Symposium last month, all of the sessions are now available on our website for Eighth Day Members.

If you have not yet supported our work of renewing culture, please consider becoming a member today.

If you are a member and are having trouble accessing the digital content, please contact... Continue Reading

Reading Societies Update

Feast of St Timothy the Righteous and St John, Patriarch of Constantinople

Books_Square.jpgIF YOU MISSED the announcement about our two new Reading Societies, here's a quick update.

The Cappadocian Society, open to anybody involved in ministry of any sort, continues to work its way through Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. They meet on Thursdays from 4-5:15 pm at The Ladder. I'll post a news item once they've decided on the... Continue Reading

2016 Tax Receipts

Feast of St Agathus of Rome

Tax_Square.jpegIF YOU DONATED to Eighth Day Institute in 2016, you should have received a tax-deductible receipt by now.

If you received the most recent issue of Synaxis in the mail, your receipt should have been tucked in that publication.

If you have not received a receipt and need one for your records, please contact me.

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Schedule Set for Eighth Day Symposium

Capps15thCEntire.JPGTHE SCHEDULE for our seventh annual Eighth Day Symposium on January 12-14 in Wichita, KS is finally set, including lecture titles. I hope you will join us for what promises to be a great weekend of pondering the Church's role in the public square.

Click here for the full schedule.

Click here to register.

See you Jan 12-14!

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New Reading Societies

Feast of the Ten Martyrs of Crete

Societies_books.JPGWE'RE EXCITED to announce the launch of two new book groups and plans for three others.

The Cappadocian Society will begin meeting weekly on Thursdays, 4 pm at The Ladder, beginning January 26. This group is for clergy and any others involved in ministry. We're making an ambitious start with the giant tome by Charles Taylor: A Secular Age.

The Florovsky Society will... Continue Reading

Three Tasks for EDI's Second Decade

Feast of the Great Martyr Anastasia of Rome

Bible__Fathers__Latin.JPGTEN YEARS ago Eighth Day Institute was merely an idea. The idea was born while serving as a missionary in Latin America. It began to grow during my employment at Eighth Day Books. And then it began to take flesh.

The fall of 2006 was a turning point. Although we weren’t even a legal entity at that time, we called ourselves St.... Continue Reading

Symposium Registration is Live

Feast of St Herman of Alaska

Capps15thCEntire.JPGREGISTRATION is now live for our seventh annual Eighth Day Symposium on Jan 12-14, 2017.

But before registering, please consider helping us end our year strong and stable with a tax-deductible donation.

Click here for special membership options with symposium passes, available through the end of the year.



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Nativity Feast, Florovsky Homily & Nativity Fast

Feast of St Spyridon the Wonderworker

Christ_Deisis_with_angels_square.jpegWE HAD A delightful time together at our annual Nativity Feast Friday evening, which actually fell on the feast day of St. Anna's conception of the Theotokos, the Prophetess Hannah, and the Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection (click here for a brief reflection on that feast day).

The feast began, as many of our events do, with our Eighth... Continue Reading

#8thDayGivingWeek: A Week of Saints

Feast of St. Sabbas the Sanctified

Sabbas_Square.jpgTHIS YEAR, we decided to create our own #8thDayGivingWeek as a way to launch our end-of-year campaign, after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. And we’ve chosen a week full of important feast days, including two wonderworking saints.

Yesterday was the feast day of St. John of Damascus, the patron saint of Eighth Day Institute. You can read more about... Continue Reading

Catechetical Academy and Classical Education

Elijah_to_Elisha_Square.jpegFROM OUR website: "The initial impulse for Eighth Day Institute, long before its initial incorporation in 2008, was to establish a 'Gap-Year Program' 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."

Indeed, we do still intend to fulfill this initial vision.

Long ago, back when we existed as St. John of Damascus Institute and... Continue Reading

Pipes & Pints Again, and Again and Again?

Feast of the Holy Prophet Zephaniah

Pipe_Smoking_Square.jpgAFTER ATTENDING the Hall of Men a number of years ago, our friend Brandon Buerge decided to start his own gig in Newton, KS. Like the Hall of Men, men gather over a feast of food and home-brewed/craft beer. But unlike the Hall of Men, which presents a lecture on a hero of the faith, Pipes and Pints – the name Brandon coined for... Continue Reading

Feast of the Nativity and #8thDayGivingWeek

Feast of the Holy Prophet Habakkuk

Nativity_Square_2.jpegYES, WE ARE having our annual Feast of the Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for Eighth Day Members! Click here for details.

And no, we didn't forget about #GivingTuesday! We decided to instead create our own #8thDayGivingWeek to launch our end-of-the-year campaign after the chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday finally come to... Continue Reading

Director Doom's Dissertation: A Long Obedience

Feast of Sts. Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia


The dissertation, which has hung like a lead weight on me, my family, and the Eighth Day community, is finally written.

Title: Neo-Patristic Synthesis for the Life of a Secular Age.

Word count: 104,000 words (too many).

From the preface, which was written in Oklahoma City at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church on the Feast... Continue Reading

7th Annual Eighth Day Symposium

Capps15thCEntire.JPGWE ARE THRILLED to announce that plans are coming together for our seventh annual symposium on January 12-14, 2017.

Playing off the title of a recent essay by Alan Jacobs in Harper's Magazine, which will be reprinted in full in Synaxis 4.1 for the symposium, our theme is "Where Are the Watchmen: Theology in the Public Square."

Our keynote speaker is Frederica Mathewes-Green. Bishop James Massa, Allan Carlson, Martin Cothran and others... Continue Reading

Music, Pipes & Feasts

Feast of All Saints

Calendar_Square.jpgMark your calendars now for the following three upcoming events:

The Jack Korbel Confluence (featuring Steve Hatfield on drums; Joshua Pickenpaugh on bass; and Randy Zellers on guitars) will perform at The Ladder (directly west of Eighth Day Books, behind Hannah Banana) in Wichita, KS. Lil' Bit Gourmet Burgers food truck will be on-site. Doors open at 7:00... Continue Reading

Join us for our next Great Conversation on Oct 4: Yes, black lives matter. So, what's to be done?

Feast of the Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

civil_rights_congress_Square.jpgGreat Conversationalists,

Greetings in the pursuit of truth through civil discourse!

May I remind you to heartily consider joining the conversation on Tuesday, October 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water, in Wichita.

The evening's topic: "Yes, black lives matter. So, what's to be done?"

May I enthusiastically urge you to be present. The... Continue Reading

Eighth Day Symposium: A Favor

Capital_with_Cross.jpgWE ARE CLOSE to finalizing details for our seventh annual Eighth Day Symposium. But before I formally announce it and open up registration, I have a couple questions for you. Can you help me improve our annual symposium?

You can answer the questions here . . . and you’ll get a few more details about the symposium.

Thanks so much for taking the time to help us improve our annual... Continue Reading

2016 Inklings Festival: Premium Content Posted for Supporters

Feast of the Holy Apostle Aristarchus

Premium_Play_Button_Square.jpgVIDEOS OF Professor Ralph Wood's lectures from our second annual Inklings Festival are now available. Members can link to them directly here.

You can find our growing collection of premium digital content in our Eighth Day Members Premium Content area. Audio recordings of lectures presented at the Hall of Men and the Sisters of Sophia will begin to... Continue Reading