Hans Boersma on Eighth Day Institute
Not too long ago, a friend asked me, “What’s your favorite place to go to for a conference?” I didn’t have to think about the answer. “Wichita, Kansas,” I immediately responded. Anyone who has ever attended one of the events put on by the Eighth Day Institute will straightaway nod in agreement. Of course, the answer would be Wichita, Kansas.
The reason? Wichita is the place where contemporary saints mingle with the saints of old. It’s an absolutely lovely place, where the line between heaven and earth becomes strangely thin. Whenever I listen to Erin Doom hold forth on Georges Florovsky or when I browse the stacks of Warren Farha’s Eighth Day Books, I feel like the Unicorn: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here.”
You’ll know what I mean when you attend an Eighth Day Symposium. Unfeigned hospitality and genuine friendship, depth of genuine theological conversation across traditions, beer and meals, sacred icons and otherworldly chants—it’s all part of what makes a Symposium in Kansas unlike any other get-together. In other words, it’s not just the things they officially organize; it’s rather the unfailing intuition of what truly matters—theologically, culturally, aesthetically, and socially.
And, lest I be misunderstood, let me spell it out: the importance of the Eighth Day Institute isn’t just that it gives visitors a taste of heaven on earth. No, the activities, events, and publications give our culture a glimpse of what life together can be like. That’s why, when you visit the Eighth Day Institute, you don’t just thank God for a great event; you end up praying that the Eighth Day Institute may reach numerous hearts and minds.
No sense beating around the bush: you need to become a donor! When you support the Eighth Day Institute, you’re taken up into a unique community of inquiry and fellowship. Not yet convinced? Go and visit Wichita! When you attend one of the Eighth Day events you’ll never want to leave. Why not? The Eighth Day folks don’t just talk about sacramental ontology. They practice it.