EROS & THE MYSTERY OF GOD
On the Body, Sex & Asceticism

What does it mean to be created in the image of God, male and female?

Join us at the 9th annual Eighth Day Symposium where Catholic, Orthodox & Protestant Christians committed to the historic Nicene Christianity of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church cultivate a community of friendships through a dialogue of love & truth.

THE PLENARY SPEAKERS


We've brought together a great line-up of Catholic, Orthodox & Protestant speakers for a dialogue of love & truth.

Hans Boersma

Professor of Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House.

Adam Cooper

Professor of Patristics & Theology at John Paul II Institute of Marriage

David Ford

Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Orthodox 

Ephraim Radner

Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College

THE LECTURES
WITH LINKS TO ABSTRACTS


THE AGENDA


Thursday, January 24

4:00 pm:   VIP Meeting with Plenary Speakers Adam Cooper & Ephraim Radner - exclusive event for Eighth Day Patrons, Pillars & Olympians. If you're not yet a member, join the community today!


6:00 pm:   Vespers at St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church


7:00 pm:   Welcome Reception at Eighth Day Books


Friday, January 25

9:00 am:   Third Hour Prayer at St Mary Orthodox Christian Church


9:30 am:   Eighth Day Convocation with a Patristic Contemplation by Director Doom: On the Body & Asceticism


10:00 am:   Plenary Lecture 1 by Ephraim Radner: "There Is No Desire Out of the Desires of Scripture"


11:00 am:   Break


11:30 am:   Breakouts

   Boersma: "8 Theses on Sex"

   Bradford: "Communion of Love"

   Ford: "From Garden to Eschaton"

   O'Callaghan: "Adam, Eve & Eros"


12:30 pm:   Lunch


1:30 pm:   Plenary Lecture 2 by Adam Cooper: "Can Asceticism Make Us Better Lovers?"


2:30 pm:   Break


6:00 pm:   Festal Dinner Banquet at St Mary Orthodox Christian Church: The Life of St. Mary of Egypt with the Cathedral Choir and Reflections on Cultural Renewal by Plenary Speakers

Saturday, January 26

9:00 am:   Third Hour Prayer at St Mary Orthodox Christian Church


9:30 am:   Eighth Day Convocation with a Patristic Contemplation by Director Doom: On Eros & Sex


10:00 am:   Plenary Lecture 3 by David Ford on "Orthodox Theology of Eros, Sexuality & Marriage"


11:00 am:   Break


11:30 am:   Breakouts

   Cooper: "Lovemaking & Liturgy"

   Radner: "How Do We Shape Desire"

   Sturgill: "Art & the Incarnation"

   Taylor: "Metanoia in Faerie"


12:30 pm:   Lunch & Book Signings


2:00 pm:   Plenary Lecture 4 by Hans Boersma on "Body, Gender & Sex"


3:00 pm:   Break


3:15 pm:   Panel Dialogue


4:30 pm:   Break & Dinner on Your Own


6:00 pm: Great Vespers at St George Orthodox Cathedral with Cathedral Tour available immediately following.


8:30 pm:   Open House at Eighth Day Books and Eighth Day Institute


What PAST ATTENDEES Are Saying

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

Tim Rives

An Eighth Day Member

As the head of an ecumenical household – my wife is an Evangelical Protestant and I am Roman Catholic – Eighth Day Institute's efforts toward promoting authentic unity are more than just theological exercises or cultural improvements; they’re beacons of hope that something like a non-uniform unity is possible (and beautiful!), and they offer a formula for presenting an authentic vision of our shared Christianity to our children.

Tom Rhein

President of EDI Board

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