The British and Irish Association for Practical Theology is an active forum for practitioners, teachers and researchers in the broad field of practical and pastoral theology. It was founded in 1994, and has grown through its broad based networks and successful annual conferences to an active membership of over two hundred in Britain and Ireland and further afield. BIAPT is one of the key sponsors of the journal Practical Theology (formerly Contact).
Since 2015 BIAPT has also incorporated what was the British and Irish Association for Mission Studies (BIAMS). Those interested in sharing practice, research and reflection on engagement in mission in our local and global contexts are encouraged to join BIAPT and become part of the Mission Studies Special Interest Group.
BIAPT is pleased to announce information about the 2016 MA dissertation prize in practical theology. For full details click here.
BIAPT 2016 Conferences
The next BIAPT annual conference, with the theme of 'Wrestling with Angels? Practical Theology as Spiritual Practice', will be held from 12 – 14 July 2016 at University of Limerick, where the Keynote Speaker will be Donal Dorr.
Further details will be available in early 2016. Meanwhile, to learn more about the annual conference, read the conference introduction from the BIAPT Chair here.
The fifth annual Student Day Conference will be held on Saturday 9 April 2016 at Queen's Theological College, Birmingham, where Dr Matthew Guest will be the main speaker. Dr Guest is a Reader in Sociology of Religion in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University and will be addressing methodological issues in research in the field of practical theology. Dr Amy Daughton, lecturer in Theology and Director of Studies at the Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge will also be attending as a resource person on methodologies associated with theological research. There will also be an opportunity during the day for students to give 20 minute work-in-progress papers.
All BIAPT Student members should have received an email with further details; any queries should be addressed to the BIAPT Student Representative.
Website Feature for BIAPT Members
Access to online version of the journal Practical Theology
BIAPT members may access this journal directly via the BIAPT website. Once your annual subscription payment has been cleared and processed by BIAPT, login to the Members' Area and then visit the My Membership page to click through directly to the online journal and its archive.
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