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 BIAPT Website Domain
This website is now hosted on a new domain www.biapt.org. Please change all bookmarks to this new address.
BIAPT Missions Studies Special Interest Group Conference
The group is organising a day conference on the theme Christian Mission in Post-Christian Cultures in May 2017. The final programme for the day is now published here and places are still available. Six further papers will be given by Steve Hollinghurst, Simon Cross, Cate Williams, Clive Marsh, Aaron Edwards and Sally Rush and their abstracts can be read on the programme.
BIAPT 2017 Annual Conference - Bookings open
The next BIAPT annual conference with the theme "From every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation" (Rev 5:9)? Voicing Diverse Ethnicities in Practical Theology, will be held from 11 – 13 July 2017 at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London.
The online booking system is now open - visit the main conference page for further information.
Inquiry on Religion & Migration
An exciting opportunity to take part in work being done by the Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton. More information may be found here.
BIAPT 2017 Student Day Conference - Bookings open
The annual Student Day Conference will be held on Saturday 6 May 2017 at Queen's Theological College, Birmingham, where Professor John Swinton will be the main speaker. John is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. The main session is entitled 'What's love got to do with it? Some practical theological reflections on the use of the social sciences for the purposes of Divine love'. 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 and a flyer, are now available on the Student Conference page.