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BIAPT 2018 Annual Conference

The Practical Theologian as Reflective Practitioner

The next BIAPT annual conference will be held from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July 2018 at the University of Warwick.

Discounted rates are available for BIAPT members and for early bird bookings before the end of 13 May 2018. Book online now or click here to download a booking form (pdf).

Call for Papers

As always we are keen to receive proposals for short papers and workshops, especially - though not exclusively - related to the conference theme. Deadline for submissions is 1 May 2018. Further information is available here.


In the many contexts of practical theology, the challenges of becoming and working as a reflective practitioner are many. Indeed, it may sometimes appear that practical theology requires the making of bricks without straw. Our theme for 2018 recognises that around Britain and Ireland and beyond there are many excellent examples of reflective practice that can help us tackle this challenge. In particular, we invite conference delegates to engage with the following two sets of questions:

These questions are close to the heart of practical theology. Practice, reflexivity, integration and methodology are all pertinent here. Contributions that exemplify or analyse or do both are welcome - show and/or tell!

Keynote speakers

Dr Zoë Bennett   
'When I am an old woman...': The Adult Theological Educator as Reflective Practitioner

Dr Zoe Bennett has been the Director of Postgraduate Studies in Pastoral Theology in the Cambridge Theological Federation with Anglia Ruskin University since 2000, where she has directed an MA programme in pastoral theology and a professional doctorate in practical theology. Her most recent books, both of which consider reflection and learning through autobiography are Using the Bible in Practical Theology: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013; and (with Christopher Rowland), 'In a glass darkly': The Bible, Reflection and Everyday Life, London: SCM Press, 2016. She retires in August 2018 and looks forward to watching films, drinking coffee and wine with friends, and spending energetic time with her five grandchildren.

Rev Claire Carson   
Keynote panel

Claire Carson is an Anglican priest and hospital chaplain. She has worked in healthcare chaplaincy in London Teaching Hospitals for over 10 years, leading multi faith spiritual care teams. Claire currently works as Head of Spiritual Care at the Royal Free London and has a particular interest in Paediatric Chaplaincy and creatively developing chaplaincy-spiritual care services within acute hospitals.

Dr Michael Paterson   
Discipled by Praxis: Soul and Role in Context

Dr Michael Paterson is a priest, psychotherapist and pastoral supervisor. His professional background includes theological formation, hospice chaplaincy and parish ministry. He is the Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice and co-architect of the Scottish Government funded Values Based Reflective Practice programme for NHS Scotland.

Rev Peter Privett   
Artist in Residence

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Rev Dr Peter Stevenson   
Keynote panel

Revd Dr Peter Stevenson is Principal of the South Wales Baptist College and Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. Before moving to Cardiff in 2011 he was Director of Continuing Ministerial Development at Spurgeon's College, London. In both London and Cardiff, he has been regularly involved teaching practical theology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition to encouraging the development of reflective practitioners, his activity in the area of homiletics is visible in the recent SCM Studyguide to Preaching, (2017), and in the earlier volumes, written with Stephen Wright, Preaching the Incarnation (WJKP, 2010) and Preaching the Atonement (T & T Clark 2005 / WJKP 2009). Peter first attended the BIAPT conference in 2009 and is a member of both the Bible and Practical Theology and the Mission Studies Special Interest Groups.

Rev Dr Carlton Turner   
Keynote panel

Rev Dr Carlton Turner is a Bahamian Anglican priest currently serving as an Anglican tutor at The Queen's Foundation, with a specific role for supporting BAME students. Whilst serving a Black Country parish in the Diocese of Lichfield, Carlton completed a PhD at Queen's through the University of Gloucestershire that explored the relationship between the Church and African religio-cultural productions in the anglophone Caribbean. As a Contextual and Practical theologian Carlton's work explores the interface between church and often marginalised indigenous cultural productions.

Dr Clare Watkins   
'Contemplating thinking about thinking': Scholarship as a Christian practice

Clare Watkins is Reader in Ecclesiology and Practical Theology at the University of Roehampton. A Roman Catholic, lay-woman theologian, committed to teaching and research in the areas of ecclesiology, sacramental and practical theology, Clare has a particular concern for working in ways that contribute to ministerial formation and church life and mission. A co-originator of 'theological action research', Clare is now Director of the Theology and Action Research Network (TARN -, and Principal Investigator and Consultant in a number of its projects. She has worked with a wide range of church providers of adult formation, as well as with agencies of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and international ecumenical bodies.

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