The Washington Institute was founded by Dr. Steven Garber with initial support from the Lilly Endowment’s grant, Programs in the Theological Exploration of Vocation. In 2005 the Institute began its work among universities, colleges, congregations, and seminaries. Born out of a long relationship with The Falls Church, a historic Anglican parish located a few miles outside of Washington DC in Falls Church, Virginia, from the beginning it has been its own institution with a 501.C3 status (IRS). In its earliest beginnings, The Institute was inspired by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, begun by the late Rev. Dr. John Stott, which exists to teach people to live in the world under the Word.
“Genesis does not present the creation as a finished product, wrapped up with a big red bow and handed over to the creations to keep it exactly as originally created. It is not a one-time production. Indeed for the creation to stay just as God originally created it would constitute a failure of the divine design. From God’s perspective, the world needs work; development and change are what God intends for it, and God enlists human beings (and other creations) to that end. From another angle, God did not exhaust the divine creativity in the first week of the world; God continues to create and uses creatures in a vocation that involves the becoming of creation.”
Creation Untamed, quoted in Ben Witherington, Work