Category: Davenant House

  • Education and the Kingdom of God: Convivium Irenicum 2021 Write-Up

    Education and the Kingdom of God: Convivium Irenicum 2021 Write-Up

    A write-up of the 2021 National Convivium Irenicum on “Education and the Kingdom of God”

  • What Is Modernity and Why Should I Care? Davenant Hall Course Preview

    What Is Modernity and Why Should I Care? Davenant Hall Course Preview

    What is modernity and why should Christians study it?

  • The Power of Biography

    The Power of Biography

    Why do biographies have such power for us? Our 2021 Carolinas Regional Convivium will explore this question.

  • Enchanted by Story: Literature in Service of Christian Wisdom

    Enchanted by Story: Literature in Service of Christian Wisdom

    The year of our Lord 2020 is underway, and it has already yielded fruit disproportionate to the days gone by at the Davenant House. On Friday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 4th, we hosted the annual Carolinas Regional Convivium. The topic was Literature in the Service of Christian Wisdom.

  • Davenant House Welcomes Michael Hughes as Director

    Davenant House Welcomes Michael Hughes as Director

    Three years ago, we at Davenant were blessed by the Lord with the opportunity to purchase a beautiful small retreat center property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of upstate SC, which we dubbed Davenant House. We enthusiastically sketched out a vision for a study center dedicated to the renewal of Protestant wisdom, offering residential courses, study retreats, and serving as a hub for building networks and ministry in the region. Unfortunately, the path forward for this work proved far rockier and more winding than we had anticipated, and we had all but abandoned this vision when the Lord brought Michael Hughes and his family across our path last summer. Over this winter, He opened many doors for bringing the Hugheses on, beginning in Summer 2019, as full-time directors of Davenant House, ready to realize the initial ambitious vision for the property, engage in active student ministry throughout the Western Carolinas, and raise funds for the further development of the property. It is with greatest excitement and joy that we introduce them to you today.

  • Do Something Hard This Summer

    Do Something Hard This Summer

    A few years Alan Jacobs posted an old syllabus for a class at the University of Michigan taught by the great English poet W. H. Auden. It required 6,000 pages of reading… in one semester. Titled “Fate and the Individual in European Literature,” Auden’s course required students to read the entire Divine Comedy, Horace’s Odes, Augustine’s Confessions, four Shakespeare plays, the Pensees, Blake’s Narrative of Heaven and Hell, Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Melville’s Moby Dick, and selections from Kierkegaard, Baudelaire, Ibsen, Rimbaud, Henry Adams, Rilke, and Kafka. At the time, many laughed at the list and ruefully shook their head at the crazy standards that once prevailed in American higher ed. But then this year three scholars at the University of Oklahoma decided to do something different: They essentially taught Auden’s course.

  • Protestant Wisdom Summer Program 2017

    Protestant Wisdom Summer Program 2017

    From June 6th through 17th this year, seven students gathered from four countries to participate in Davenant’s first ever Intensive Protestant Wisdom Summer Program (a shortened version of last year’s Five-Week Program).   Taught by Dr. Alastair Roberts, a leading evangelical blogger and writer from the United Kingdom, this program sought to help train Christian […]

  • Apply Now for Davenant House Summer Programs

    Apply Now for Davenant House Summer Programs

    The Davenant House Protestant Wisdom Summer Programs are designed to help train Christian undergraduates, grad students, and seminarians in Christian wisdom so that they can be equipped to live as servant leaders within the church and their local communities. Students come to live together, work together, eat, pray, and read together, and above all converse together. […]

  • A Report on the 2016 Convivium Irenicum

    A Report on the 2016 Convivium Irenicum

    Earlier this month the Davenant Trust held its fourth annual Convivium Irenicum at Davenant House in upstate South Carolina near Greenville. The theme of this year’s event was “Confessionalism and Diversity in the Reformed Tradition” and we were delighted to have Dr. Carl Trueman, who holds the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, […]

  • Call for Book Donations for Davenant House

    Call for Book Donations for Davenant House

      The Davenant Trust is seeking donations of books for its new study center in upstate SC, Davenant House. Our aim is to have a substantial library in theology and the liberal arts that will be of service to students participating in our residential summer study programs, to students in our Davenant Latin Institute residential […]