Eight Days of Teaching
Wes Howard-Brook, a biblical scholar, and Sue Ferguson Johnson, a spiritual director, spent a week with the Eighth Day community from June 24 until July 1, preaching on the first and last Sundays, meeting with various small groups during the week, offering spiritual direction to many individuals, and lecturing at the Festival Center on Wes's work differentiating the Bible's religion of Creation from its religion of Empire. Since our community has been struggling to find our own relevant response to questions of living within the American empire, the week was important and exciting.
Here is a link to a brief montage of their week with us.
Here is a link to some notes on their talks
Further information to come.
NOTES ON SESSIONS 1 & 2 WITH WES & SUE
Session 1: 6/24/12 8TH DAY COMMUNITY
Engaging with younger folks
ID places in DC where there might be people willing to be challenged and look ahead.
Engage the concept of the Common Good, looking beyond Christianity. What is the Christian message/proclamation?
Need to discover/proclaim what the Christian witness is. The world doesnʼt seem to know this. How do we stage an initiating conversation?
Engage those who have suffered trauma and need healing. A new mission group is possibly imerging.
Many of us are talking with a lot of people. We need to learn more about their realities.
Silent Retreat 2012
On the weekend of May 6-8, sixteen members of Eighth Day participated in our annual silent retreat at the Dayspring Retreat Center. As is customary, the retreat was leaderless. After a weekend of silence and wonderful weather, participants shared their experiences of the weekend.
Members Recommit to 8th Day
On June 3, 2012, eleven covenant members, four intern members, and seventeen community members recommitted to membership in the Eighth Day Faith Community. (Several people were absent and will recommit at a later date.) Our ceremony is held every spring (usually on Pentecost Sunday) at the worship service in the Potter's House. We recite our membership commitment and sign the membership book that has been kept for many years.
At Eighth Day we commit to remaining a member for only a year at a time. At the end of the year, we decide actively whether we want to recommit to the church and to our regular spiritual disciplines or not. Our intention is that our recommitment is a deliberate and conscious choice rather than a habit.