Many moons ago, we opened up The Ladder on Friday evenings for a sort of happy hour. We called it the Benedict Hour.
We experimented with its revival back in the fall of 2017, exclusively for Eighth Day Members and their guests, and have settled on a regular schedule.
The Ladder will be open for Eighth Day Members and their guests from 4:30-7:00 on Final Fridays. The next meeting is May 25.
If you still haven't received your copy of the Symposium issue of Synaxis on "Cultivating Friendship in a Fracture Age", please drop by and pick up your copy (we're trying to save postage fees!).
There is no agenda, just an opportunity for our community to have fellowship and real conversation in a pub-like space without noisy background music nor distracting televisions filling every nook and corner (instead, most available space is filled with timely and timeless books!).
At the conclusion of the Benedict Hour, at 7 pm, we'll open the doors to the public to pray Vespers and then have a Table Talk. For more information about the May Table Talk, click here.
If you're not yet a member, consider joining our growing community and join us for the Benedict Hour this April 27.
See you there!
We recently brought Benedict Hour back for Eighth Day Members. Now we're bringing back Table Talks.
This time, however, instead of a series of lectures, each Final Friday we'll offer a stand-alone lecture, followed by discussion and fellowship. But first, the evening will begin with Vespers at 7 pm (immediately after Benedict Hour...if you're not yet a member and would like to join us, sign up here).
If you are interested in presenting a Table Talk, please contact Director Doom. He'd be delighted to hear from you! Talks should be approximately 15-20 minutes.
To bring this tradition back, Director Doom will present the first one on May 25 on:
The Philokalia: Spiritual Time Bomb & Hidden Fountain of Inner Prayer
Next to the Bible, the Philokalia is the most popular book in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Although first published in the 18th century, it’s history goes back to early Christianity and it did not gain its popularity until the latter half of the twentieth century. By providing a brief history in this Table Talk, Director Doom will explain how this popular collection of spiritual texts is a spiritual time bomb. And then he will conclude with a brief reflection on its content and purpose as a hidden fountain of inner prayer.
In honor of Fr. Georges Florovsky, this event will be a week of prayer, papers, lectures, workshops and a banquet promoting a return to the sources for Christian unity.
Learn more and register for our inaugural Florovsky Week at THIS LINK.