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25th anniversary BIAPT 2019 conference

Roots, Shoots and Fruits: The Past, Present and Future of British and Irish Practical Theology

Dates: Monday 8 July to Thursday 11 July 2019
Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD

Keynote speakers: Dr Courtney Goto, Canon Professor Elaine Graham, Professor Emmanuel Lartey, Professor Clive Marsh, Professor John Swinton

Contributors: Dr Zoe Bennett, Dr Helen Cameron, Sr Anne Codd, Rev Dr David Lyall, Professor Stephen Pattison, Dr Eric Stoddart, Rev Dr Frankie Ward, Dr Clare Watkins, Rev Dr Margaret Whipp

The 2019 conference marks 25 years since BIAPT was founded. This then is a time to celebrate, as well as a time to take stock. In keeping with our new organic logo, our title for 2019 invites us to consider our roots, but also areas of growth and fruitful developments in British and Irish practical theology within wider international contexts.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we have added an extra day to the conference to make space for sustained reflection in both retrospective and prospective mode, aided by a fantastic line-up of keynotes and a great conference venue at Liverpool Hope University. In addition, we have invited all ex-chairs of BIAPT and our BIAPT presidents to bring their own perspectives on the past 25 years, as well as BIAPT's pre-history.

The 2019 conference is for all with an interest in British and Irish practical theology, whether new to the field or more of an 'old-timer'; whether British or Irish or from further afield - you are welcome! We want to engage with a wide variety of questions around BIAPT's roots, shoots and fruits, including:

Please do join us for what promises to be a very significant conference for BIAPT and practical theology. The committee have worked hard to keep the conference very good value for money, which includes a gala dinner in the Metropolitan Cathedral crypt, and offers a substantial concessionary rate for students and the unwaged. We expect conference booking to go live on 1 February 2019 on our new website!

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