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Welcome to BIAPT

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.


New Book Reviews Editor

Our journal Practical Theology requires a new book reviews editor. We are looking for someone with the time available for the role, who is organised, committed to the development of the field of practical theology and curious enough to wonder what might be out there that is worth reviewing. Further details are available for BIAPT members by logging in to the secured area here and browsing to the Member Adverts page (otherwise contact the editor through the journal's website).

BIAPT@NTC: NorthWest Local Group Inaugural Day Conference

This event will take place on Saturday 18th June 2016 at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester. Professor Elaine Graham will be the guest speaker, and will present on What are the Challenges Facing Practical Theology Today?

For more information and to book your place click here.

"Constructive Conversation" Workshops on Classroom Strategies around Gender and Sexuality

Sponsored by BIAPT Theological Educators' SIG

These day-long workshops (20 June 2016 in Manchester and 24 June 2016 in London) provide resources and practical training for tackling questions about sexuality and gender in the theology and ministry classroom. How can theological educators address sex and gender across social and cultural contexts; across differences in personal history; across different denominational backgrounds; in our own institutions and settings? Process is a key part of our content: (1) creating a safe, critical, and prayerful space for shared learning; (2) "mapping the field" of our current practices; (3) finding a shared language around sexualities and gender; (4) practising specific classroom strategies, including Creative Questioning, Embodied Reflection, Fishbowling, and other models of Theological Reflection.

Further information and booking details are available here.

BIAPT 2016 Annual Conference - Schedule, bookings and calls for papers now open

The 2016 BIAPT conference, with the theme of 'Wrestling with Angels? Practical Theology as Spiritual Practice', will be held from 12 – 14 July 2016 at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Keynote speakers are Donal Dorr, Nicola Slee and Fáinche Ryan. All the details can be found here, including online booking and the call for papers. Discounted Early Bird booking rate ends on 15 May!

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