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Ben Op Calendar

Are you interested in reading The Benedict Option [1] with your church, school, homeschool co-op, or some other group? Sentinel, the book’s publisher, can facilitate a discount for order of 25 copies or more. Please e-mail Taylor Fleming (tfleming – at – penguinrandomhouse — dot — com) for more information.

All the seats at the Thursday March 16 lecture in New York, sponsored by Plough [2] magazine, The American Conservative and First Things, have been claimed. If you would like to hear my speech and the ensuing conversation among Ross Douthat, R.R. Reno, Peter Mommsen, me, and others, you can join the livestream here.  [3] Going to that link enables you to sign up for e-mail notification when the streaming starts. The event is set for 6pm Eastern on that night.

Seats are still available at the Wednesday March 15 lecture in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Trinity Forum, the event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the National Press Club ballroom. Tickets are $25 each. Click here to reserve your seat, or to get more information. [4]After my presentation, I will be joined on stage by Kirsten Powers and Pete Wehner, who will be drinking Trappist ale and chanting Gregorian-style. Or so I hope. Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy is co-sponsoring the event.

What’s the next Ben Op public event? On Friday March 24, I will be addressing the Ciceronian Society conference at LSU in Baton Rouge. My lecture will be from 3 to 5 pm, and is open to the public. More information here. [5] There will be proper theology and geometry, I believe, but absolutely no attempts to immanentize the eschaton.

After that, I will be joining Bishop James Conley, Patrick Deneen, David Schindler, Bill Cavanaugh, Kathryn Jean Lopez, and others at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, for the Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization. [6] This will take place on March 31 and April 1. This year’s theme is “In the World, but Not of the World: Paradigms for the Evangelization of American Culture.” What a great series of talks that will be. The only regrettable thing about that weekend is that Atchison is too far from Wichita, so I won’t have the opportunity to visit Eighth Day Books [7]. My first time in Kansas without going to Eighth Day. Hit don’t seem right.

Also on the calendar:

April 5: lecture on the Benedict Option at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

April 26-28: Q Ideas Conference [8], Nashville

May 19-21: Wilberforce Weekend, [9] Washington, DC (National Harbor).

June 2-4: Walker Percy Weekend [10], St. Francisville, La. (I am not planning to speak, but Ralph Wood will be lecturing on Walker Percy & the Benedict Option, and I will be on hand all weekend in our bayou version of Lost Cove, Tenn., to eat crawfish, drink beer, talk to y’all, and thereby avoid despair.)

June 8-9: Ancient Evangelical Future Conference [11], Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA)

June 21-24: Society for Classical Learning annual conference [12] (Dallas)

More things coming for the fall, no doubt. I hope to see you at one of these events, though. Don’t forget: e-mail Taylor Fleming if you would like to order 25 or more copies of The Benedict Option [13] to read with your church or other group.

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16 Comments To "Ben Op Calendar"

#1 Comment By Michael On March 10, 2017 @ 12:05 am

California.. California.. You know you want to come to beautiful California…

#2 Comment By Xenia Grant On March 10, 2017 @ 12:10 am

What time are you going to speaking at the University of Colorado-Boulder on April 5? I may come if it is before 6 pm. But if it is during the evening, I go to pre-Sanctified Liturgy at my church in Denver, and as much as I respect you, the Holy Mysteries take priority.

[NFR: It’s 6pm. You will have made the right choice — RD]

#3 Comment By Eriugena On March 10, 2017 @ 5:58 am

July in Maine is the way life should be with Bissell Bros, Rising Tide, Etc.

#4 Comment By Eriugena On March 10, 2017 @ 5:59 am

And the oysters are very fine.

#5 Comment By JonF On March 10, 2017 @ 6:14 am

Keep me informed about your Baltimore weekend. Otherwise I will be down there for WPW– ticket bought and room at the Best Western reserved (still have to do air travel, but hoping the price comes down a bit it’s $$$ right now)

#6 Comment By Mike V On March 10, 2017 @ 7:35 am

Is that livestream going to be recorded so we can watch/listen to it later?

#7 Comment By Rob G On March 10, 2017 @ 8:20 am

Hope to see you in Ambridge this summer, Rod. It’s right across the Ohio River from me, and actually is the town where my parish is (Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, OCA). And I know a few of the Trinity profs as well.

#8 Comment By Russell Arben Fox On March 10, 2017 @ 8:37 am

Oh man–I would totally drive north to Atchinson for that discussion! Except that same weekend I’ll be in Tulsa for a Strong Towns conference (localism all over!). Anyway, we’ll get you to Wichita sometime in the fall semester; I’m determined.

#9 Comment By Xenia Grant On March 10, 2017 @ 8:41 am


Thanks for understanding why I can’t come to see you in Boulder on April 5. I just hope you come back to Colorado. There are colleges and universities in Denver, among other places like Colorado Springs.

#10 Comment By Suburbanp On March 10, 2017 @ 8:57 am

Another vote for California.

[NFR: As the Spirit goes where he is wanted, Your Working Boy goes where he is invited — provided it fits his family’s schedule, and he is compensated for his labor. — RD]

#11 Comment By P On March 10, 2017 @ 10:02 am

I am morally certain something will happen at Eighth Day Books.

#12 Comment By economista On March 10, 2017 @ 10:52 am

Can I add a third for California, Northern? We heathens out here need to hear this message more than anyone. Readers – let’s keep an eye out for potential opportunities…

#13 Comment By Hunk Hondo On March 10, 2017 @ 11:41 am

I’m sure you know that I would love to see you when you come to Nashville at the end of April. But I hope these Q folks do a better job with the conference than they did with their web site, which does not tell me the times and venues of your appearances. This is important to me, since I’ll have to take some leave from my job.And who are the Q anyway? I’ve never heard of them. They seem as mysterious as the continuum of the same name, one of whom was continually popping up to bedevil Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Where will the money from the conference go, seeing that there will be quite a bit of it? ($450 for a single ticket, which is an enormous lick for someone in my circumstances.) Please advise;; I don’t to miss you if I can avoid it.

#14 Comment By Odgie On March 10, 2017 @ 3:54 pm

A 4th solicitation for California. Every Christian at my church that I have had a discussion with about the BenOp usually tells me later about reading your blog and being excited about (and pre-ordering!) the book.

#15 Comment By Erin Doom On March 16, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

Just confirmed that you will actually be able to visit Eighth Day Books…I’m bringing it, along with an Eighth Day Institute, to Atchison! Look forward to seeing you there.


#16 Comment By Jim On March 20, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

How would one go about setting up a visit? This has been a very “hot topic” around the orthodox community in the Pacific NW.

[NFR: E-mail me, and we’ll see what we can do. — RD]