L’Abri is the French word for “shelter”. It is a place where people are welcomed and challenged to seek answers to their personal questions about life and faith. Everyone is welcome irrespective of background or faith.
L’Abri began in 1955, when Francis en Edith Schaeffer opened their home in the mountain village of Huémoz (Switzerland). When the Schaeffers started, there was no plan for a “L’Abri.” Without any money and unsure of being able to remain in Switzerland, the Schaeffers had merely decided to open their home to the students their daughters invited home from college. What grew out of this humble beginning is the work that today is called L’Abri with branches in 9 different countries. The Dutch work of L’Abri started in Eck en Wiel in 1971.
L’Abri’s concern for Biblical truth is expressed as much in everyday life as it is explored and defended in discussion.
- The conviction that Christianity is objectively true and that the Bible is God’s written word to mankind. This means that biblical Christianity can be reasonably defended and honest questions are welcome.
- Because Christianity is understood to be true it speaks to all of life and not to some narrowly religious sphere. Much of the material produced by L’Abri has been aimed at helping develop a Christian perspective on the arts, politics and the social sciences etc.
- In the area of our relationship with God, true spirituality is seen in lives which by grace are free to be fully human rather than in trying to live on some higher spiritual plane or in some grey negative way.
- The reality of the fall is taken seriously. Until Christ returns, we and the world we live in will be affected by the disfigurement of sin. Though we take questions seriously, L’Abri is not just a place for intellectuals but for all who seek to embody their convictions with integrity.