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