The Davenant Trust and TCI are separate entities, but they are entities with overlapping personnel and a more less wholly-shared vision. Many of the ideas floated by this website in its earliest days have been able to come into existence through The Davenant Trust. Much of the credit for this deservedly goes to Dr. Bradford Littlejohn, as he has been able to inject real administrative and organizational skills, as well as fundraising capabilities. But a lot of the other credit, and perhaps what really made the thing “take off” goes to the various readers who were able to come together through this website and other online venues. Many readers became writers for us and then became local organizers for events in their regions. The Davenant Trust has now been able to expand into new territory, especially with its Latin Institute, which has been a big success and is accepting new students. But now, the Davenant Trust has a new project to announce, and it is arguably its most significant one to date: the Davenant House.
The Davenant House is designed after the L’Abri model of an in-residence study center with “retreat” characteristics, but a permanent host who runs the center and leads many of the classes. Outside speakers and teachers will also participate, and the study will be combined with times of prayer and communal work. The first rounds will be held over the Summer, but our goal is to eventually keep the House in use year-round. We will also continue to use the House for the annual Convivium Irenicum, and in some ways we hope that the Davenant House program will replicate the environment and fellowship that we’ve enjoyed at the Convivium.
You can read more about the Davenant House here, including its study programs and other offerings. You can also learn how to support Davenant House or how to become a church partner. We would love for churches to view Davenant House as a space for their own retreats and activities, all with the desire that they would take Reformed Irenicism back to their local congregations and communities.