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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.


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, University of 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. Book early for the discounted Early Bird rate!

BIAPT 2016 Student Day Conference - Bookings open

The fifth annual Student Day Conference will be held on Saturday 9 April 2016 at Queen's Theological College, Birmingham, where Dr Mathew 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.

Full details, including the booking form, are now available on the Student Conference page.

Association of Practical Theology

Biennial Conference

The Association of Practical Theology holds its 33rd Biennial Conference, 8-10 April 2016, at Fordham University and the Church Center for the United Nations. All proposals on the theme 'Live, Move and Have Being': Migration and Practical Theology are welcome, as are any other proposals related to practical theology. Proposals will be accepted through 17 December 2015.

The conference website may be found here and further information on the call for papers here.

BIAPT Mission Studies Special Interest Group and Leeds Trinity University

Whose reading is right? Conflicts of interpretation in world Christianity

Day Conference: 12 April 2016, 11.00am-3.30pm
Venue: Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD
Guest speaker: Dr Joshua Broggi, University of Oxford

Theme: Why do readers from different cultures produce divergent readings of the Bible? In view of the global character of Christianity, this has become a prominent question. When Christians read scripture, traditions supply concepts that shape what counts as normal, good, and true. But what is the effect of Christian commitments on rationality? How have readers decided on a correct interpretation?

This day conference organised by the British Association for Practical Theology and Leeds Trinity University is an opportunity for a dialogue with Dr Joshua Broggi, University of Oxford. His book Diversity in the Structure of Christian Reasoning (Brill 2015) deals with just these issues, using illustrations from central Africa and southern India. Dr Broggi offers a fresh strategy for relating tradition and reason that reconfigures the hermeneutical picture developed by Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer.

Publicity material is available for download to use in your own institution. There is a flyer and posters (A4 and A3).

Booking: Please register your attendance by email to admin@biapt.org.uk.
Cost: £10.00. Includes refreshments and sandwich lunch. Payable on the day.
Refreshments served from 10.30am and available after 3.30pm.

Dissertation Prize

BIAPT is pleased to announce information about the 2016 MA dissertation prize in practical theology. For full details click here.

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