May 30-June 2, 2018
Lake Lanier, SC

Our annual Convivium Irenicum gathering at Davenant House in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina serves as a microcosm of the Davenant Institute’s mission, and, for many of our attendees, as the capstone to each academic year. For three days we do much more than present and listen to papers—we eat together, drink together, worship together, discuss abstruse philosophical questions, hard pastoral challenges, and our favorite new movies together as we walk through the woods or recline on the porch. We bring together not merely scholars and grad students, but pastors and other church leaders, and even businessmen and public servants. Together, we explore what it means to retrieve the wisdom of our Protestant and catholic past for the sake of our church and nation today.

This year, we will be exploring the widely-discussed, but frequently ambiguous topic of “Reformed catholicity,” asking how we can recover the wholeness of the church’s history and contemporary breadth without sacrificing the wholeness of Scripture’s witness, how we can maximize charity without sacrificing clarity and truth. In particular, we will seek to engage with recent projects like Peter Leithart’s “Reformational Catholicism” and Kevin Vanhoozer’s “Mere Protestant Christianity,” and compare them to historical exemplars of “Reformed catholicity.”

Our plenary speaker will be Dr. Michael Allen of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, presenting on “The Central Dogma: Order and Principles for Reformed Catholicity.” He is the author (with Scott R. Swain) of Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015) and editor (with Scott R. Swain) of Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016), along with numerous other books, the most recent of which is Grounded in Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life in God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).

Other writers and leaders within the Davenant network, including Dr. Bradford Littlejohn and Dr. Alastair Roberts, will also be presenting papers and leading panels. We welcome paper submissions from all attendees on historical and normative topics related to this year’s theme. Please view the full Call for Papers here.

Register Now

Please note that in order to maintain the convivial atmosphere of the event, attendance at each iteration of the event will be limited to 40. We encourage you to register as soon as possible using the form below to ensure your place. If you intend to submit a paper proposal, please go ahead and register to reserve a spot; if your proposal is not accepted and you choose not to attend, we will refund your registration (otherwise, refunds are only available if we can find someone to take your spot). Note that a limited number of bursaries are available to assist students in financial need, waiving the registration fee and where necessary helping with travel expenses. If you are applying for a bursary, please indicate that in the form below and we will contact you if further documentation is needed.

2018 Convivium Irenicum Registration

Please select whether you are booking at the student or non-student rate, or whether you would like to request a bursary and have your registration fee waived. Note that Davenant House itself has room for around a dozen; others paying for accommodation will be accommodated at nearby rental properties. You may also make your own arrangments at The Melrose Inn (Tryon), The Pine Crest Inn (Tryon), or Days Inn (Columbus).
If you wish to make an additional contribution to the bursary fund, you may do so here.
Please explain the nature of your financial need and what travel expenses if any you would like to request to have covered. Decisions on bursaries will be made by April 1.