BIAPT 2024 Annual Conference – The Root of All Evil? Money and Practical Theology

July 2, 2024 - July 4, 2024

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, DE55 1AU

Welcome to our 2024 Annual Conference page which we hope will provide all the information you need to book a place at the conference, apply for a bursary or to offer a paper or workshop to the programme.

It is with genuine pleasure that I write this to introduce the BIAPT Conference for 2024: The Root of All Evil? Money & Practical Theology. 

We are finally coming together in person for our summer conference, the first time in a number of years. For those of you who have never been to our in-person conference, I hope you will join us this year and discover the blessing of gathering in person, catching conversations with people over tea and coffee or at meal-times and encountering other BIAPT members and delegates from contexts similar or utterly different from your own. It was a delight for me at my first in-person BIAPT conference to encounter attendees engaged in contexts which inspired and challenged me and yet to see the commonality at the heart of the BIAPT community which centres around our mutual interest in Practical Theology. This is an experience shared by many delegates whether they identify themselves primarily as practitioners or academics (or some combination of those two) or indeed as something else. As a previous chair of BIAPT so eloquently put it “our concern is with whatever enables an account of faith which is properly integrated with practice, and orientated towards Godly transformation of our communities.” (Dr Clare Watkins, 2016) 

The Revd Dr Sarah Brush, Chair of BIAPT

Ticket Selector


Standard Ticket


Concession Ticket


Day Delegate - Tuesday 2 July (14:00-21:00)


Day Delegate - Wednesday 3 July (10:00-21:00)


Day Delegate - Thursday 4 July (09:00-13:00)


Eve Poole

Dr Eve Poole, OBE, is interim Chief Executive of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. She was interim CEO of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2022), Third Church Estates Commissioner (2018-2021), and Chairman of Gordonstoun (2015-2021). She has a BA (Durham), an MBA (Edinburgh), and a PhD (Cambridge). Eve will be speaking to us about Practical Economics – What Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions and Buying God have to say about money, economics and practical theology. 


Luke Larner

The Revd Luke Larner, a former bricklayer, cut his teeth as lay pioneer minister in Luton serving communities affected by homelessness, violence and addiction. He is now part-time priest-in-charge of the diverse parish of St Andrew in Luton while studying for a doctorate in practical theology at the University of Roehampton, researching mission pneumatologies in the Church of England. He will explore with us a renewed material and economic analysis of the exploitation of land and labour in liberation and decolonial theologies, recognising that in these two broad categories, three struggles meet; de-colonial struggles, class struggles and the struggle to preserve the climate and ecosystems of our Mother Earth.

Carlton Turner

The Revd Dr Carlton Turner is a Caribbean Contextual and Practical Theologian and Anglican priest with ministerial experience both in the UK and the Caribbean. He is currently on the staff of the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham as Anglican Tutor in Contextual Theology and Mission Studies. He will be speaking to us on the topic of Wealth Extraction/Wealth Distraction: Thinking Theologically about Reparations.

Standard & Concession ticket includes:

  • Access to full conference programme from Tuesday 14:00 to Thursday 13:00.
  • Access to online conference materials (via Whova) before and after event.
  • Ensuite accommodation & all meals and refreshments.
  • All meals – breakfast (Weds/Thu), lunch (Weds/Thu) & dinner (Tue/Wed)
  • Morning coffee with biscuits and afternoon tea with cake
  • Access to tea, coffee and hot chocolate from our communal areas between 8am and 8pm
  • Wi-Fi
  • Free onsite parking
  • Disabled access

Day Delegate ticket includes:

  • Access to specified day’s conference programme & all online conference materials
  • Refreshments, plus meals (Tuesday dinner) (Wednesday lunch & dinner) (Thursday lunch)
  • Facilities as above, without overnight accommodation


Please note:

  • Concession rate for unwaged or minimally-waged delegates.
  • A number of subsidised places are available through two bursary schemes: The BIAPT Bursary and the BIAPT BAME Bursary.
  • We are not able to guarantee any refund for cancellations.
  • Full payment must be made by the end of the relevant discount period or the higher rate will be charged.

BIAPT 2024 Call for Papers

We welcome 200 – 300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers, from a range of disciplines and religious and spiritual traditions and emerging themes in non-religion.

BIAPT 2024 Call for Papers

BIAPT 2024 Call for Workshops

We welcome 200 – 300 word abstracts for online workshops of 40 or 80 mins duration.

BIAPT 2024 Call for Workshops

The Hayes Conference Centre is located in Derbyshire, a central part of the United Kingdom.

For transport and travel information, please visit:

Professional Doctorate Summer School – 1-2 July 2024

The Professional Doctorate Summer School will take place in person at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, DE55 1AU, from 14.00 on Monday 1 July to 14.00 on Tuesday 2 July 2024. Booking for this event is via the separate Summer School event listing.

This is for students working for a Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology through Anglia Ruskin University/The Cambridge Theological Federation; University of Birmingham; University of Chester; Glasgow University; University of Roehampton.

Feedback from delegates at previous BIAPT conferences:

“I was so pleased to be able to connect with others interested in research in a similar area” 

“Thoroughly enjoyed it as a first timer – I can’t emphasise that enough!”

“This has been a brilliant experience for me as somebody who was involved at the beginning of BIAPT.”

“The culture of active reflective practitioners – both listening to others and presenting their own research and reflections on experience.”

“I found it a most thought-provoking, challenging and yet reflective experience.”

BIAPT is committed to helping those who might otherwise not feel able to attend our annual conference. We have 2 bursary schemes:

If you wish to support either of our Conference Bursary scheme or our BAME Bursary scheme by making a donation, please find further information following the links.

For further details about our BAME Bursary scheme, please read on.

BIAPT is keen to facilitate Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students, scholars and practitioners, and those of BAME heritage, to participate and contribute to its Annual Conference. [We understand that some prefer to identify as African, African Caribbean, Asian, Majority World Christians or Christians from the Majority World, or of Majority World heritage.] We want to address the marginalisation of their voices, questions, experiences and perspectives and to become a space for deeper and broader theological conversation.

To that end, BIAPT offers a bursary for BAME scholars, students and practitioners that will cover much of the cost of attending the conference.  If you are BAME or someone of BAME heritage and would like to join us at the conference but the cost presents an obstacle to you doing so, please do apply. These funds are for those for whom the full conference cost would pose a financial difficulty.

There are a limited number of bursaries available, and bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. We anticipate that this scheme will be oversubscribed so we suggest you apply promptly and, if you are a BIAPT member, consider making an additional application for a BIAPT Conference Bursary in the event you are not successful in your BAME Bursary application. Successful applicants will be awarded bursaries  to cover the concession conference ticket cost. Please note, if you are successful in your BIAPT BAME Bursary application, you will not also be awarded a BIAPT Conference Bursary.