Ron Dreher, Bishop Conley to speak at symposium on wonder

“Crunchy Cons” author Rod Dreher, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., and “How (Not) to be Secular” author James K.A. Smith will be the main speakers at this year’s Eighth Day Symposium, titled “Whatever Happened to Wonder? The Recovery of Mystery in a Secular Age.”

The fifth annual symposium will be Jan. 16 and 17 at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 7515 E. 13th St., and is sponsored by Eighth Day Institute, a nonprofit that seeks to renew culture through faith and learning.

Dreher will give two lectures: “Rival Religion: Myth, Media and the Construction of Reality” and “How Dante Can Save Your Life.” Several other speakers will offer breakout sessions, including Brian Phillips of the classical-education Circe Institute on “ ‘The Child Is Grown, The Dream Is Gone’: Cultivating a Lifelong Moral Imagination.” Conley was a parish priest in Wichita before becoming a bishop.

The cost of the symposium is $40 a day or $75 for both days; lunch is included. A banquet at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 is $40, or $100 for both the symposium and banquet. Register online at www.eighthdayinstitute.com, by calling 316-573-8413, or in person at Eighth Day Books, 2838 E. Douglas.

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