Picking Peaches for Summer Campaign

Forefeast of the Transfiguration

Peaches_Square.jpgMY FAMILY had a wonderful morning yesterday at my friend Tom Brown's Meadowlark Farm. We took a nice walk, picked peaches and tomatoes and picked up some homemade salsa and locally made soap. The kids played with a sheep, were chased by a rooster, and enjoyed some shade while playing on the playground.

This was my first time to Tom's farm. And it was sheer... Continue Reading

Second Annual Inklings Festival: Register Early for a Free C. S. Lewis Book Bag

Feast of the Holy Apostles Archippus, Philemon and Onesimus

Color_Eagle_and_Child_Square.jpgOUR SECOND annual Inklings Festival is less than three weeks away and boy are we excited!

Ralph Wood proved so popular at our second annual Eighth Day Symposium that we brought him back for the third symposium. Now we've brought him back once again to present the morning keynote lecture series: "A Society of Gods: Theosis in the Inklings."

For the... Continue Reading

Summer Reading: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

Feast of St Sisoes the Great

Capitalism_Square.jpgTHIS SUMMER we'll be reading and discussing Joseph Schumpeter's classic study, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (available at Eighth Day Books: 1.800.841.2541).

If you don't live in the Wichita area, please consider forming your own reading group.

If you live in the Wichita area, we'll meet on Mondays at The Ladder, headquarters for Eighth Day Institute (2836 E. Douglas...east of Eighth Day Books and behind... Continue Reading

Combined Hall of Men and Sisters of Sophia Canceled

Feast of St Nikephorus the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople

Ladder_Square.jpgPLEASE ACCEPT our sincere apologies but, due to a number of complicating factors, we have CANCELED our plan to combine the Hall of Men and the Sisters of Sophia on June 2 and June 9.

Hall of Men will meet on June 9 and Sisters of Sophia will meet on June 21.

We will attempt a joint meeting(s) sometime in the... Continue Reading

State of our Doom

Doom_Portrait_Color_square.jpgDear Friends,

As I'm sure many of you have noticed, the day-to-day activity of the Institute has been somewhat muted of late, and I want to explain what we've been up to.

You may know that Erin Doom, our Founder and Director, has been working on and off toward a PhD for the past several years, at the request of the EDI Board of Directors. It's been a long struggle, but I'm delighted... Continue Reading

Great Conversations: How To Read the Genesis Creation Account

Feast of St Mary of Egypt

Creation_Square_4.jpegOUR FIRST two "Great Conversations" have been fantastic. Our first meeting focused on the impact of team sports on families, churches, and schools. The second asked who the best candidate for President of the United States is. Both of them fulfilled our mission: renewing culture by rescuing discourse from the political parties.

Now it's time for our third and final Great Conversation of the... Continue Reading

Rachmaninov, Living the Mystery & Reviving the Imagination

Feast of St Mary of Egypt

Resurrection_Square.jpgIN ADDITION to our normal April activities (Hall of Men on April 14 and Sisters of Sophia on April 19), there are a few events coming up we'd like you to know about:

1. This weekend, you can experience the sound and spirit of the greatest masterpiece of Russian Orthodox church music. The Wichita Chamber Chorale will be performing Sergei Rachmaninov's legendary All Night... Continue Reading

Wichita Chapter of In Defense of Christians: Invitation to Inaugural Meeting

Feast of St Mark, Bishop of Arethusa 

IDC_symposium_Square.JPGOn February 26-28, we co-sponsored a highly successful “Power and Persecution” Symposium with St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral (300+ attendees!). Our primary purpose was to highlight the mission of In Defense of Christians (IDC) so we could launch a local chapter in Wichita, KS.

Going forward, we have tentatively scheduled our first full meeting of the local Wichita IDC chapter membership on Thursday, May... Continue Reading

Feast of St Patrick: Register Now

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Eutropius, Cleonicus & Basiliscus

Burley_Patrick_Square.jpgIT'S HARD to believe we're in our eighth year of operations. I actually didn't believe it when I started doing the math earlier this year. But now I have proof with our Feast of St Patrick, an event we've faithfully organized every year since our inception.

We'll be celebrating our eighth Feast of St Patrick in just a little over a... Continue Reading

In Defense of Christians

Feast of the Holy Righteous Martyr Eudocia the Samaritan

Persecuted_Christians_Square.jpegIF YOU DIDN'T make it to the conference we co-sponsored with St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral this past weekend (“Power & Persecution: The Status of the Persecuted Christian Communities in the Middle East”), you missed out.

Fr Paul O’Callaghan gave us an excellent and concise historical overview of who the Christians are in the Middle East. Nahren Anweya told us countless... Continue Reading

Tax Receipts and Thanks

Feast of St Agatha the Martyr

I'M WRAPPING up the painful process of preparing tax-deductible receipts for all of you who so generously and faithfully supported our work in 2015. They will be in the mail next week. If you need a total before you receive the receipt, please email me.

I'd also like to publicly thank and acknowledge all the folks who helped make our sixth annual Eighth Day Symposium so successful:

A Symposium on the Status of the Persecuted Christian Communities in the Middle East

Feast of St Laurence the Recluse

Destroyed_Church_Square.jpegWHO ARE the Christians of the Middle East? What are they enduring? What are their hopes? What can we do?

These are extremely important questions that you should be considering.

We've partnered with St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral to offer a conference that will help provide answers to these questions. We will also use this as an opportunity to launch a local chapter of... Continue Reading

Digital Content of Soil & Sacrament Symposium for Members

Feast of St Xenophon and His Companions

Doom_Boston_Hat_2.jpgAS YOU MAY already know, we have been archiving digital content of our work for over seven years now. This includes material from the Hall of Men, Table Talks, Lecture-&-Film series, Feasts, Symposia, Inklings Festival, and now the Sisters of Sophia.

And hopefully you already know that we have already begun posting this material for Eighth Day Members (2015 Symposium & 2015 Inklings... Continue Reading

Symposium, Consortium and a Letter from Wendell Berry

Feast of St Agathangelus the Martyr

Erin___Kevin_Square.jpegIT'S BEEN a week since the conclusion of our sixth annual symposium. I concur with a number of emails and comments I've received saying this one was our best one yet. This has happened every year thus far and it makes me stand in fear and trembling as I begin to think about next year's symposium.

One Eighth Day member attributes the success to... Continue Reading

End-of-Year Fundraising Update

hours_of_prayer_square.jpgIn the middle of November, in order to meet our 2015 budget we needed to raise an additional $32,000 beyond the level of giving at that time.

We had an incredible inaugural #GivingTuesday with over $6,000 raised in a matter of hours. Between #GivingTuesday and all other donations, we have raised a total of $18,637 in less than four weeks! Thank you to all of our supporters!

With a total budget of... Continue Reading

St Cyril of Alexandria Hoodies - Must order by Dec 23

Feast of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle

Cyril_Hoodie.pngWE'LL BE celebrating the life of St Cyril of Alexandria at both the Christmas Feast and the Symposium Banquet.

As a part of our commemoration of St Cryil, we have designed a hoodie for a small EDI fundraising campaign.

But the hoodies must be ordered by Dec 23. A small percentage of each hoodie sold will be donated to Eighth Day Institute.... Continue Reading

Christmas Feast, Defending Christians & Letter to Obama

Feast of Our Holy Father Clement, Pope of Rome

nativity_icon1.jpgAFTER MISSING two years, we are bringing back our annual Christmas Feast. But we're changing it up and will be offering a special deal tomorrow. So mark your calendars for December 11 and watch for details tomorrow.

We are also excited to announce that we are co-sponsoring a conference with St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral on the persecution of Christians in the... Continue Reading

No more Hall of Men or Sisters of Sophia?

The_Nativity_of_Jesus_Christ_NB.jpegThere are no more Hall of Men or Sisters of Sophia meetings scheduled for 2015. Sad, huh?

We have a solution.

We're bringing back the Christmas Feast as a way to introduce and promote the 2016 schedule for Hall of Men and Sisters of Sophia.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for a great feast on December 11, 2015.

But before we make this feast official, can you please help me out with the planning... Continue Reading

The Two Happiest Places on the Planet

Feast of St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

Rod_Dreher.jpgROD DREHER is sometimes accused of being an angry pessimist. I beg to differ.

I admit, he is a realist and he isn't afraid to speak the truth. But that's a good thing, even if it frequently offends.

Rod is a kind, southern gentleman. I've experienced it first hand many times. He was sheer delight at our symposium back in January. And... Continue Reading

Eighth Day Institute as a Metaphysical Wardrobe

Feast of Sts Patrobos, Gaios, Hermas, Linos & Philologos, Apostles of the 70

Ladder_Entrance.jpgAFTER READING the first two books of James K. A. Smith's "Cultural Liturgies" trilogy (the third book is forthcoming), I was so impressed that I invited him to join us as a plenary speaker for our fifth annual Eighth Day Symposium back in January. That "Cultural Liturgies" project is now the focus of one of my dissertation chapters.... Continue Reading