“To All Generations: Teaching the Doctrine of God in the Life of the Church”
May 31-June 3, 2017, 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 Trust’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 immensely important topic of the Doctrine of God, using it as a lens through which to consider broader questions of how our biblical theology should inform our systematic theology and vice versa, and how to teach key tenets of classic Christian dogmatics in a 21st-century context of pragmatism, emotivism, and disdain for history.

Our plenary speaker will be Dr. Fred Sanders of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, author The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (2nd ed., Crossway, forthcoming 2016) and The Triune God (Zondervan, 2016). We welcome paper submissions on historical and normative topics related to this year’s theme. Please view the full Call for Papers here.

Please note that in order to maintain the convivial atmosphere of the event, attendance 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. 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.

NOTE: ALL AVAILABLE SLOTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN. However, if you are interested in attending, go ahead and register below (you will not be charged) to get on our waiting list, as there are usually several cancellations. We may also see about doing a follow-up event later in the summer, or facilitating some kind of live-stream participation, for those who wish to attend but are unable to.

Register for 2017 Convivium Irenicum

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 all on-site accommodation has been taken and you will have to make your own arrangments at The Melrose Inn (Tryon), The Pine Crest Inn (Tryon), or Days Inn (Columbus). If you wish to save money by being part of a group booking at a nearby vacation rental, please indicate in Other Remarks below and we will be in touch if that is an option.
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.