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Convivium Irenicum 2016

The announcements keep coming. The Convivium Irenicum (originally called the Convivium Calvinisticum, which was funny but perhaps too funny…) is being held once again on June 1-4, 2016. It’s sponsored, as always, by The Davenant Trust but is really carried by community of readers and interlocutors who participate in the broader conversation. We are excited to announced that our keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Carl Trueman. The topic is “Confessionalism and Diversity in the Reformed Tradition,” and it should be a great time to talk more about what we mean by the expression “Reformed Irenicism.” You can read all about it here.

There is a public call for papers. Anyone can submit, and their submissions will be considered according to relevance and interest of the topic. These events haven’t been quite “private” in the past, but this year we’re doing more to make them accessible to the public. You still have to get to the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains, but there is a registration form online. Fill it now if you’re interested, as the space is very limited. Attendance is free, but donations are suggested.

If you have never been  or never even really heard of The Convivium Irenicum, I can say that it’s easily my favorite conference event. It’s more than a conference really. There will be lots of high-quality papers, but these will be bookended by morning and evening prayer. We follow a brief liturgy which includes robust Reformation hymnody and Psalmody. There are also lengthy periods of fellowship programmed into the schedule, and the whole event takes place in a cozy cabin in the woods. Nearly all of the attendees stay on site, and the whole thing is definitely characterized by conviviality. You’ll have a blast.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.