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Hall of Men 
Sep 11   Fr Geoff Boyle on Brevard Childs
Sep 25   John Korbel on St Joseph the Betrothed
Oct 9     Scott Spradlin on Thomas Merton
Oct 23   Erin Doom on Charles Taylor
Nov 13  Jesse Penna on George Fox
Dec 11  John  Brown on Larry Bird
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Eighth Day Symposium
Jan 15    Reception at Eighth Day Books 
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Jan 16    Day 1; Feast of St Athanasius
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Feast Day of Mary & Martha, the Sisters of Lazarus
Anno Domini 2012, Monday, June 4
ON WORK, PART 1: a letter by Fr. Thomas Merton

We had a wonderful night with Bill Mallonee this past Saturday evening.  In addition to great music, our pre-show conversation included a brief discussion about work and vocation (stay tuned for that conversation at the conclusion of the remaining installments of the 2009 Mallonee interview).  We’ve been reflecting on this topic a great deal lately and Bill Mallonee, along with Warren Farha (proprietor of Eighth Day Books), are beacons of inspirational light for us around here at Eighth Day Institute.  For more than twenty years now, they have both been committed to excellence, tenaciously following their vocations regardless of the cost.  And the cost has been great.  We’re reminded of one of our favorite quotes by T. S. Eliot - we like it so much it made its way into our first issue of Synaxis (“The Book”) as an epigram.  Here’s Eliot:

Feast Day of Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre
Anno Domini 2012, Tuesday, June 5
ON WORK, PART 2: a poem by Gene Herr written out of meditation on Fr. Tom Merton’s letter to Jim Forest

Get yourself saved

from the need to serve

Just as you seek to receive grace

to break your other addictions.

As long as you need to make a difference,

that is all you will do.

You may change the way a person

or a system thinks or does some things.

That can be important.

You may see yourself as others see you:

quite bright and gifted

and one of those we must keep tied to the church.

Feast Day of the Holy Martyr Emilian
Anno Domini 2012, Wednesday, July 18
MICRO-SYNAXIS: a newsletter unlike any other - we’ll just admit it: it’s not so small!

We’ve got bad news and good news.  The bad news isn’t really so bad, so we’ll start there.  We have made a slight change of plans for our journal Synaxis.  Due to size - over 200 pp. - substance, and cost, we have decided to change it from a bi-annual publication to an annual endeavor, to be released each year at the Eighth Day Symposium (Issue II will be available at the end of January, 2013). 

If you have already paid for the inaugural issue you will be receiving it in the next couple of weeks (we’re in Louisville for the Circe Conference on classical education and won’t be able to mail them out until next week).  If you paid for the annual subscription, you too will receive the inaugural issue, plus the second issue on poetics at the end of January, 2013 (it is progressing very smoothly and we’ll be releasing the table of contents within the next month).

Now for the exciting news.  As both a supplement to and teaser for the next issue of Synaxis, each summer we will 

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Feast Day of Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, August 15
ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN: a hall of men presentation

Since our third annual Eighth Day Symposium will be on Dostoevsky (“The Divine and the Demonic”), we will offer periodic reflections on Russian writers throughout the rest of this year.  Last Thursday evening (Aug 9) Dr. Malcolm Harris, Professor of Finance at Friends University, presented the life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn at the Hall of Men.  So we figure Solzhenitsyn is as good of a place to start as any. 

For now, as promised to the Men at the Hall, we would simply like to direct your attention to three key works referenced in Dr. Harris’s lecture, the first two by Solzhenitsyn and the third one by Pope Benedict: 1) The Nobel Lecture in Literature of 1970; 2) The 1978 Harvard Commencement Address; and 3) A presentation to bishops in Dallas, TX on Conscience and Truth

Feast Day of Nikitas the Great Martyr
Anno Domini 2012, Saturday, September 15
MICRO-SYNAXIS: hard copies to hit the streets in 2-3 weeks; a sneak preview of the table of 

We are in the final stages of editing our newest publication: a one-of-a-kind newsletter called Micro-Synaxis.  Hard copies should ship out within the next 2-4 weeks.  Our inaugural issue focuses on “The Work of Renewing Culture” and we thought you might be interested in seeing the table of contents (we’ll also give you some sample excerpts over the next couple of weeks).  We hope to whet your appetite and move you to either subscribe or to auto-subscribe by becoming an Eighth Day Member to support our work of renewing culture through faith and learning.

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Feast Day of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople
Anno Domini 2012, Tuesday, November 13
third annual eighth day symposium explores the divine & the demonic
Feast Day of The Holy Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyricum
Anno Domini 2012, Saturday, December 15
from manger to throne: a liturgical journey through the splendorous life of saint gregory the mighty theologian

We have finalized the plans for our 2013 Symposium Festal Banquet and oh how excited we are!  Chef Chris Farha is preparing a menu that is guaranteed to be absolutely delicious.  A woman of many hats in our community, Chris will also be directing the St. George Cathedral Choir as we celebrate the nativity, the theophany, the death, and the resurrection of Christ through ancient Christian hymnography.  We’ll learn about St. Gregory through a few short readings and brief reflections from all of our symposium speakers: Ralph Wood will present Gregory the Pastoral Theologian with a short reflection on the relevance of theology for the Christian life; John Estes will present Gregory the Poet with a short reflection on poetry in Christian theology and hymnody; Scott Cairns will read his new poem titled “A Poem for St. Gregory”; Martin Cothran will present St. Gregory the Humanist with a short reflection on the importance of classics for education; and John Hodges will present Gregory the Epistolarian with a

Feast Day of The Protomartyr Stephen
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, December 27
two letters in praise of synaxis and excerpts from the foreword, “Notes Towards the Definition of Cultural Renewal”
We are pleased to announce that we now have in hand copies of the inaugural issue of Micro-Synaxis, our small gathering of literary jewels, book reviews from Eighth Day Books, and transcribed excerpts from our work over the past year.  Although we intend to publish it annually on September 1, opting to follow the ecclesial cycle of time rather than the secular, this first issue arrived just in time to lighten the Christmas season as we approach the feast day of St. Basil the Great, the first day of the secular new year.

We are currently finalizing details for our third annual Eighth Day Symposium on “Dostoevsky: The Divine and the Demonic.”  Registration is now open for the Symposium, the Banquet, and the Iconography Workshop and a Schedule has been posted; lecture / breakout titles and abstracts and speaker bios will follow shortly, along with more details about our banquet for the Feast Day of St. Gregory the Theologian.  Secure your spot now by taking advantage of early discounted registration by registering before January 11 - registration is limited to 300.

Here is a description for this year’s symposium:

Feast Day of The 14,000 Holy Innocents Slain by Herod in Bethlehem
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, December 29
a florilegium on our work of cultural renewal in 2012
Long ago I established a habit of taking the week after Christmas to reflect on the previous year by recording the most memorable moments of the year. As this year comes to a close, I would like to start a new tradition by utilizing the form of a florilegium to record the most memorable quotes of the year.   
Derived from the Latin words for “flower” (flor) and “to gather” (legere), the word florilegium literally means a gathering
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Feast Day of Sylvester, Pope of Rome
Anno Domini 2012, Thursday, December 29
eighth day symposium banquet reservations and a passage from st dorotheos of gaza
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The deadline for reservations at our Eighth Day Symposium Banquet - “From Manger to Throne: A Liturgical Journey through the Life of St. Gregory the Theologian” - is less than two weeks away. Click here for more details and reserve your spot!
We are reading St. Dorotheos of Gaza these days and recently came across a short and splendid commentary on St. Gregory’s Hymn for Easter. We liked it so much, in fact, that banquet attendees will receive a small booklet with the complete commentary.  Here’s a small sample:
St. Gregory invites us to celebrate this feast in God’s honor as . . . Banquet_Dostoevsky.htmlshapeimage_91_link_0
Feast Day of Jeremiah the Prophet
Anno Domini 2013, Wednesday, May 1
EIGHTH DAY SYMPOSIUM constantine, christendom & cultural renewal
We are pleased to announce our fourth annual Eighth Day Symposium on January 16-19, 2014 in Wichita, KS. Early registration is now open, so take advantage of a 20% discount by registering early! Due to limited seating, registration is limited to the first 250 registrants.
Provoked by the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan (313 A.D.) and by Peter Leithart’s recent publication, Defending Constantine (2010), our next symposium will bravely tackle an extremely controversial theme. While the conversion of Constantine raises all kinds of questions, our mission at Eighth Day Institute will dictate the focus of this symposium: renewing culture through faith and learning. . . .
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Constantine the Great
272 - 337 A.D.
Abe Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation give thanks, repent & practice pure religion
In a letter dated September 28, 1863, 74-year-old Sarah Josepha Hale urged Abraham Lincoln to set a fixed date for a “Union Festival” of thanksgiving - something she had been advocating for fifteen years as the editor of the Lady’s Book magazine. President Lincoln responded by proclaiming the last Thursday of November as a national “day of Thanksgiving and Praise” (click here for a pdf version of the proclamation). Instead of dwelling on the difficulties and tragedies of our country’s civil war, Lincoln chose to focus on the many ways God continued to bless our country. His conclusion, however, enlarged his exhortation to thanksgiving in ways that we would do well to remember this Thanksgiving and Christmas season:Home_files/Lincoln%27s%20Thanksgiving%20Proclamation.pdfshapeimage_102_link_0

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strive in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

So after we have gathered around our tables for turkey and thanks with family and friends tomorrow, let us resume our preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior with a season of fasting. May our fasting be characterized by Abe Lincoln’s admonition to be grateful with humble and penitent hearts. And may we heed his commendation to practice what James describes as pure and undefiled religion before God: “to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Feast Day of Irenarchos and his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste
Anno Domini 2014,
Feast Day of St Symeon the New Theologian & Sunday of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Anno Domini 2014, October 12
Publications & Symposium a word from the fathers, microsynaxis & 5th annual eighth day symposium
Our celebration of the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Assumption in the West) concluded with a reading of the most famous homily in all of Christian history on the Virgin Mary by St Proclus of Constantinople. Our third issue of A Word from the Fathers, which includes this sermon, is now available - either for purchase or as a perk of membership. Word_from_Fathers.htmlshapeimage_110_link_0
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Our second issue of Microsynaxis is on its way to the printer and will be available by early November. The focus this year is on The Communion of the Saints. Although it truly does function as our annual newsletter by including excerpts of teaching from our annual work, Microsynaxis is anything but a typical newsletter, particularly with its supplemental readings from the likes of Evelyn Waugh, St Ambrose, Gerard Manley Hopkins, G. K. Chesterton, St John of Damascus, C. S. Lewis, et al. Like A Word from the Fathers, Microsynaxis is also available for purchase or as a perk of membership.Micro-Synaxis_Subscription.htmlshapeimage_114_link_0
Early registration is now open for our fifth annual Eighth Day Symposium: “Whatever Happened to Wonder: The Recovery of Mystery in a Secular Age.” We are excited to have James K. A. Smith join us, along with Archbishop James Conley and Rod Dreher. And this year’s festal banquet will celebrate the life of St. Athanasius the Great. Register before Dec. 31 and save 20% on registration. Eighth Day Patrons receive an additional 20% off.15_Register.htmlshapeimage_115_link_0