“People of Wichita, attend! You have this in your town!” – Rod Dreher

My Dear Friends,

Whether you’re from Wichita or not, we're so grateful for your support, which has already made 2015 our most successful year to-date. Would you believe that just one a year ago we were supported by a mere 26 members and were seriously questioning the feasibility of keeping the Institute going? Looking at where we are today, I have a hard time believing it myself! Our membership is now over 100 and growing steadily. Our revamped website and blog are bringing our “dialogue of love” to the internet. The Hall of Men continues to attract first-rate speakers. And how about that Symposium!

“A national treasure hidden in Middle America. . . A singular institution, bringing together Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic traditions, . . . a tangible opportunity to conduct a ‘dialogue of love’ in which Christians from various streams of catholic Christianity come together to consider what faithful cultural witness looks like in a post-Christian age.”

That’s how James K. A. Smith described the Eighth Day Symposium this spring. With over 350 attendees from 15 states (from California to New York!), it was truly our best yet and has injected a new wave of enthusiasm and vitality into our work. Energized by this positive response, we’ve redoubled our efforts and are launching what we hope will become our annual summer family event – The Inkling Festival: A family-centered celebration of the lives and works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R Tolkien, and their companions – July 17-18 here in Wichita.

None of this would have been possible without your generosity! And for that I thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart.

Will you please consider helping us take Eighth Day Institute to the next level?

As anyone who has ever encountered our work knows, the heart and soul of EDI is our founder and director, Erin Doom, whose commitment to and passion for our mission is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. In truth, the only thing I can compare it to is the zeal of a missionary who has forsaken everything to bring the Gospel to hungry souls. Erin and his family have literally forsaken everything to be missionaries of “Eighth Day Ecumenism”. However, with a family to feed and bills to pay, Erin’s life has been a harrowing juggling act of contract work, doctoral study, directing the Institute, and parenting four children. It is the passionate desire of myself and the Board of Directors that Eighth Day Institute become Erin’s full-time work by offering him a salary sufficient to fully meet his family’s needs. We are closer than ever to realizing that desire, and with your help I believe we can make it a reality this year.  We’re already raised $127,880, but we need an additional $32,380 in order to fully fund this initiative. Will you help us?

Our goal for 2015 is 200 members. Your gift of $20, $40, or $100 a month will enable Erin to focus unreservedly on directing our work of renewing culture through faith & learning.

I’ll leave you with a quote from a Symposium attendee:

“My thanks to you and other staff and volunteers for the tremendous symposium last weekend. Personally, I think it's set my life on a new course. I can't say that of any other conference I've ever attended!”

We hope that Eighth Day Institute has been a similar blessing in your life and sincerely thank you for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

Gratefully in Christ,

Tom Rhein
Eighth Day Institute, President

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