Reflecting on Eighth Day Institute: What Is It and Why Does It Exist?

Feast of St Vincent of Lerins

hours_of_prayer_19-17-00.jpgSeveral people have been helping me think through Eighth Day Institute’s vision and mission. I’d also like to know what you think.

I would be deeply grateful if you’d answer the following two questions, preferably in the comments below (if you’d prefer, feel free to email me).

1. What is Eighth Day Institute?

2. Why does Eighth Day Institute exist?

Thanks for giving your time and thoughts!

Director Doom

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  • Richard Jones
    commented 2017-05-29 23:10:10 -0500
    From what I know about Eighth Day Institute, I see it as a place of coming together to better discover the truths and mysteries of Christ and the Kingdom of God in a wider ecumenical, yet orthodox, setting. I see the purpose of EDI as one of creating a counter-cultural “community” of those who are strangers in a strange land, and who are on their pilgrimage toward home.
  • Michael Fletcher
    commented 2017-05-29 16:51:30 -0500
    I live about 300 miles from Wichita so my comments may not be as relevant. I see Eighth Day Institute as a crossroads of faiths that have the common goal of seeking the person of Christ through several directions: (1) the Transcendentals of goodness, truth, and beauty; (2) the Church Fathers (and Mothers); (3) literature and great thoughts; and (4) in particular, deepening lives of prayer. It is a radical and joyful engagement of life at poetic and spiritual depths in an Inkling-like atmosphere of comradery with other like-minded souls. I do not see EDI as always addressing the culture directly except through our transformed lives and passionate love of truth and life itself.
  • Rick Carter
    commented 2017-05-27 08:05:08 -0500
    The Eighth Day Institute is like an intellectual version of “Cheers.” A good place to call home. The Christian culture and beliefs profoundly brought to us by true thinkers, past and present. Also, we need a way to ban together as a bastion of Christians protecting our faith and way of life from the movement in our world based on what is truly evil. To many people don’t realize that true evil exists and we, as members have stand up against it. Where are the watchmen, They are us.
  • Clay Calhoun
    commented 2017-05-26 22:48:03 -0500
    1. Eighth Day Institute is an organization that seeks to renew culture through faith and learning. It is ecumenical, grounded in its affirmation of Nicene Christianity. It hosts educational and fellowship opportunities including symposia, reading groups, feasts, lectures and discussions, men’s and women’s gatherings, and various other regular and occasional offerings.

    2. Eighth Day Institute exists to draw together Christians—Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant—in love and fellowship, in an atmosphere of mutual respect, where they may be challenged, edified, enlivened, and equipped to grow in the faith and to better reflect the light of Christ in their own local and ecclesial contexts.
  • Rusty Smoker
    commented 2017-05-26 18:42:22 -0500
    1)Eighth Day Institute is a place where people of different faiths can talk about spiritual issues, grounded in the Creeds. My health is not good, so I can’t attend with the regularity I would like to. I like the mailings( I eventually get to them) and have really appreciated the seminars I’ve attended.

    I believe that Eighth Day Institute exists to help create dialogue between people of different faiths. We need more of this dialogue in today’s world, but the conversation has to have some depth of knowledge behind it. Eighth Day Institute is fostering this informed conversation. Things go slow, because many people of faith are polarized. In the seminars I have attended, I have appreciated the broad spectrum of belief that the presenters represent. I don’t agree with all, obviously, but the depth and commitment to learning and growing in the faith tradition each has chosen helps me as I continue to seek to deepen my faith
  • Ian Aston
    commented 2017-05-26 17:34:11 -0500
    1) Eighth Day Institute is a community dedicated to the pursuit of Truth and a deep understanding of the triune God across the fullness of historic Christianity.

    2) Eighth Day Institute exists to renew our culture through first, purposeful interactions with the best of the Christian tradition, and second, lives lived in light of the truth of these ideas.
  • Erin Doom
    commented 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.
  • Erin Doom
    commented 2017-05-24 18:14:02 -0500
    A Protestant friend dropped by the Ladder and I asked these same two questions. Here are his answers:
    1) Eighth Day Institute is an ecumenical dialogue / gathering that facilitates free discussion and welcomes many perspectives for the renewal of culture through faith and learning.
    2) Eighth Day Institute exists to promote a better understanding of how deeply connected Christians from all traditions are, i.e., that we are already part of the same family.