Winthrop House has grown out of a friendship of fellow travelers.
Like many of our "Millennial" generation, we were disillusioned by the meaningless, ugly, isolating, and spiritually empty character of modern life. We found answers--and each other--in seeking the neglected wisdom of the Western tradition, and despite varied backgrounds have now joined each other in trying to build better world in light of that wisdom.
Our development team resides on a beautiful 18th century colonial farmstead in Epping, NH, often joined by friends for the purpose of prayer, seasonal celebration, and work on collaborative projects. This common life is at the heart of what we do.
Winthrop House's focus will be on developing programs and concepts that will have direct application for those who are likewise looking to build families, businesses, and communities in light of principles of tradition and social solidarity. We aim to be practical, concrete, and results-based, combining the enduring principles of past ages with the best of modern insights and innovation. Our own community life will become a laboratory of alternative living and enterprise, one in which unconventional yet deeply traditional solutions to modern problems are applied in real time.
As the current system shows signs of collapse, the need for concrete alternatives has never been more pressing. We hope that you will join us in this work.
To recover the the original vision of America as a "model of Christian charity" through programs and research aimed at the renewal of Christian faith, traditional American culture, and community life.
As John Winthrop so eloquently laid out in his famous sermon aboard the Arbella in 1630, the vision of the first settlers in New England was of a City on a Hill, a model of Christian charity that would be an example to all. We believe that the way to renew a society that has lost its way is to return to the perennial ideals of Western civilization behind that vision, and to re-appropriate their particular expressions in the American tradition.
Where we see nihilism, spiritual desolation, and social breakdown we would like to see thriving churches and educational institutions nurturing classical virtues and spiritual purpose. Where we see a throwaway culture of fads, ugliness, and shoddy workmanship we would like to see an enduring culture that reflects the true, the good, and the beautiful in its artifacts, built environments, and practices. And where we see state overreach and global capitalism trampling on communal and economic life we would like to see strong businesses and mutual aid organizations based on cooperative models that value social solidarity and security more than mere profit or bureaucratic agendas.
This vision is not one of misguided nostalgia for an imagined past, but rather one of the recovery of proven methods and values. This is the vision that built America, and one which can rebuild it in a time of crisis.