Archive of Events

BIAPT Doctoral Student Day Conference 2024

April 26, 2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  Join us for the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology’s annual Student Day Conference, taking place online on Friday 26th of April 2024. About the conference: BIAPT’s annual student day conference offers the opportunity to share your research, network with fellow students, and have a go at presenting a paper in a supportive […]

2023 Annual Conference – Take off your shoes: Hospitality & Practical Theology

July 11, 2023 - July 13, 2023

Welcome to our 2023 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, workshop or hospitality story to the programme. Our conference title, Take Off Your Shoes – Hospitality and Practical Theology, allows us to explore […]

Bible and Practical Theology Symposium

December 1, 2022 - December 2, 2022

 Thursday 1st – Friday 2nd December 2022  Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham Our theme is Authority recognized and challenged: Approaching the Bible as practical theologians. We will be reading three biblical texts together: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Matthew 8:5-13 // Luke 7:1-10; Matthew 15:21-28 // Mark 7:24-30  Delegates are invited to spend some time reflecting on […]

2022 Annual Conference – Flesh & Blood: Embodiment & Practical Theology

July 11, 2022 - July 14, 2022

The theme of embodiment seems a natural next landing point for our Annual Conference following last year’s exploration of the theology of climate change. It is as embodied beings that we interact with and construct the world around us. Other bodies are the means by which we know, love and welcome others. Our bodies locate […]

2021 Annual Conference – Practical Theology as Ecotheology

July 12, 2021 - July 16, 2021

Practical Theology as Ecotheology In an era when scientists warn there is limited time left in which to reverse the most catastrophic effects of climate change, BIAPT 2021 will turn its attention to this most urgent of issues and to wide-ranging engagement with ecological thinking. How do we interpret and respond to our contemporary ecological […]

Mission Studies Special Interest Group Conference

May 26, 2021 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Revd Shemil Mathew Eleasah Phoenix Louis Revd Canon Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy Click here for more information.

BIAPT Student Day Conference 2021

April 17, 2021 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

BIAPT Student Day Conference 2021 The annual student day conference will be taking place online on 17 April 2021. It will include student work-in-progress presentations and discussion, and a workshop led by Professor Peter Ward on ‘Ecclesiology and Ethnography: Roots and Problems’. The call for papers is now open! Papers are invited from doctoral students […]

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of British and Irish Practical Theology

February 25, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

BIAPT invites you to join a celebration and conversation, focused on the challenges and contributions of practical theology in our own time and world, hosted by Andrew Rogers and Nicola Slee.  This event marks the publication of Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of British and Irish Practical Theology by Routledge: a gathering together of articles given at […]

Fragments for Fractured Times. Book Launch

November 24, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Fragments for Fractured Times: What Feminist Practical Theology Brings to the Table.  Nicola Slee Tuesday 24th November at 8pm UK time (Zoom). Professor Elaine Graham will chair this event, and David Shervington and Professors Stephen Burns, Anthony Reddie and Bonnie J. Miller-Mclemore will join Nicola in conversation about her new book.  There will be scope […]

Sounding Out Lockdown: theological listening in the time of Covid-19

November 18, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th November 6pm (Zoom) Based on an article using the field of sound studies to reflect theologically on the experience of lockdown, this session provides an opportunity to sound out our own experiences, perhaps even sounding off, by exploring some of the distinctive sounds of lockdown.  An introductory talk will introduce sound studies and […]

Mission Studies Special Interest Group Session

July 16, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mission Studies Special Interest Group session hosted by Nigel Rooms with pre-recorded input from speakers for discussion in the session. Thursday 16 July, 10 am – 12 noon ## BOOKING HAS NOW CLOSED ## Two papers will be discussed: Christianity Rediscovered? Re-imagining the gospel in our contemporary shame culture with Trevor Withers and Andrea Campanale. […]

Poetry and Ecotheology Workshop

July 15, 2020 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BIAPT Practical Theology as Ecotheology – Creative Writing Workshop # # SOLD OUT # # Wednesday 15 July, 2 – 4 pm In this creative writing workshop, we shall explore our own responses to climate change and ecological degradation, and our place within this complex and most urgent of issues. We shall read and discuss […]

Student Research Papers

July 15, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

This will be an opportunity to engage with research papers from current doctoral students. A range of eight papers will be presented and space will be given for discussion and feedback. Wednesday 15 July, 10 am – 12:30 pm Attendees should choose 2 sessions to attend from the Abstracts for BIAPT Student Research Papers event […]

Insurrection in the Time of COVID-19

July 14, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A structured conversation about COVID-19, George Floyd, racism and issues facing BAME folks in the current situation, hosted by Anthony Reddie and others. Tuesday 14 July, 7.30 – 9.30 pm In light of the current situation, this is an opportunity to join in a conversation together of careful listening and speaking to aid our mutual […]

Bible and Practical Theology Special Interest Group Meeting

July 14, 2020 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bible and Practical Theology meeting hosted by Andrew Rogers, Helen Cameron and Kevin Ellis. Tuesday 14 July, 2 – 4 pm Three practitioners – Anna Creedon, Helen Cameron & Kevin Ellis – will explore how their uses of the Bible have changed, as practical theologians, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cost: £10 Bookings […]

BIAPT Scotland and Ireland Day Conference

March 31, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Public Practical Theology in the Scottish and Irish Contexts Tuesday 31 March 2020, 13.00-17.00 Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP This day conference on the topic of public practical theology in Scotland and Ireland is for academics and practitioners alike, and will include short papers, reflection and discussion. Our aim is to […]

25th Anniversary 2019 Conference

July 8, 2019 - July 11, 2019

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: Professor Paul Ballard, […]

Living Mission Interculturally: Mission Studies Special Interest Group 2019 day conference

May 14, 2019 10:15 am - 4:00 pm

BIAPT Mission Studies Special Interest Group is hosting a day conference on Tuesday 14th May in association with The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. If mission is crossing boundaries then we need to take account of the turn to the intercultural in thinking about mission. We are privileged to have with us Anthony Gittins, author of a […]

BIAPT 2019 Student Day Conference

May 4, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

BIAPT’s next Student Day Conference will be from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 4 May 2019 at Queen’s Theological College, Birmingham. A flyer for advertising the conference may be downloaded here In the morning, Professor Elaine Graham, Grosvenor Research Professor at the University of Chester, will deliver a workshop entitled Harnessing the wisdom of practice: method, […]

The Practical Theologian as Reflective Practitioner (2018)

July 10, 2018 - July 12, 2018

The Practical Theologian as Reflective Practitioner The BIAPT 2018 annual conference was held from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July 2018 at the University of Warwick. Theme 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 […]

Voicing Diverse Ethnicities in Practical Theology (2017)

July 11, 2017 - July 13, 2017

This year’s BIAPT annual conference was held from 11 to 13 July 2017 at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. The Keynote Speakers were Professors Anthony Reddie, Shui Man Kwan, Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen and Gitte Buch-Hansen (see below). Introduction by BIAPT Chair Ethnically diverse societies are a feature of our contemporary world. Whether through the tragedies […]

Wrestling with Angels? Practical Theology as Spiritual Practice (2016)

July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

The 2016 annual conference was held on 12 – 14 July 2016 at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The Keynote Speakers were Donal Dorr, Nicola Slee and Fáinche Ryan (see below). The College is located in the beautiful medieval river-side city of Limerick located in the Shannon Region, in the heart of the west of Ireland. […]

Faith in the Public Space: practical theology and the common good (2015)

July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015

The keynote speakers were Prof. Tim Gorringe, Prof. Christopher Rowland, Jonathan Cox and Prof. Elaine Graham (see below). Throughout the conference, Keith Hebden’s reflections helped to guide us during our time together. Keynote Speakers Prof. Tim Gorringe Practical Theology and the Common Good – why the Bible is essential Tim Gorringe is Professor Emeritus of […]

This is my/our story: narrative and mission in contemporary contexts (2014)

July 15, 2014 - July 17, 2014

This year’s BIAPT conference was held in Edinburgh from 15 – 17 July 2014 on the theme, This is my / our story: narrative and mission in contemporary contexts. The keynote speakers (see below) were Dr. Mark Cartledge, Prof. Kirsteen Kim and Dr. Alison Milbank. Dr. Alison Gelder of Housing Justice also offered a report […]

Being Human: Being Wise (2013)

July 16, 2013 - July 18, 2013

Keynote Speakers Dr Heather Walton More than Human? Wisdom beyond boundaries Heather Walton is a practical theologian in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. She has researched and published widely, with particular interests in narrative and life writing, gender and sexuality, and methods in theological reflection and research. She […]

Crying out for Redemption (2012)

July 10, 2012 - July 12, 2012

The keynote speakers were Paula Gooder, Stephen Pattison and Rick Osmer and the KingCave Project brought a closing musical keynote presentation on Redeeming Sounds.  

Life in all its Fullness (2011)

July 12, 2011 - July 14, 2011

Keynote speakers were Professor Alister McGrath, Dr Helen Cameron and Professor John Swinton. Respondents to the keynotes were Professor Elaine Graham, Jill Harshaw and Dr Pete Ward. Linda Birch was our artist-in-residence and Dr Nicola Slee was our poet-in-residence. Professor Bonnie Miller McLemore from Vanderbilt University was our Visiting Scholar.

From Generation to Generation (2010)

July 13, 2010 - July 15, 2010

From Generation to Generation: Text, Transmission and Transformation 13th – 15th July, 2010 at Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry Our annual conference this year comes to Northern Ireland, where we will focus on the shifting experience of faith across the generations. Our keynote speakers will explore the particular issues facing younger and older people in the […]

Public Theology (2009)

July 14, 2009 - March 12, 2020

Public Theology: Dialogue in the Public Square 14th – 16th July, 2009 at Ushaw College, Durham Our annual conference this year will be exploring the contribution of Practical Theology to public affairs. As the conference title suggests, the dialogical method intrinsic to Practical Theology will be a major emphasis. Our keynote speakers will be unpacking […]

Worship & Spirituality (2008)

July 15, 2008 - July 17, 2008

Worship, Spirituality and Practical Theology? 15th – 17th July, 2008 at Trinity College, Bristol Keynote speakers: Cheryl Hunt (School of Education and Lifelong Learning, The University of Exeter) Nicola Slee (Queen’s Foundation for Ecumencial Theological Education, Birmingham) Pete Ward (Dept. of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College, London) Speaker Biographies: Cheryl Hunt – Spirituality as […]

Forgiveness (2007)

July 17, 2007 - July 19, 2007

Forgiveness – Psychological, Spiritual and Theological Perspectives 17th – 19th July, 2007 at the University of Reading This year’s BIAPT conference was hosted jointly with the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling. Together we chose a theme that is central to the concerns of both Associations and which we believe will encourage productive […]

Theological reflection (2006)

July 18, 2006 - July 20, 2006

Theological Reflection 18th – 20th July, 2006 (Manchester) At the heart of Theological Reflection is the relationship of discourse about the nature of God to the exercise of faith and right living. This is an endeavour shared by laity and clergy, and embraces the entire life and witness of the Church. It is predominantly a […]

Social Justice (2005)

July 12, 2005 - July 14, 2005

Social Justice 12th – 14th July, 2005 (Edinburgh) Rationale The pursuit of social justice forms a significant area of concern and debate among practitioners of Practical Theology and the conference sets out to explore aspects of this debate and intends to include some opportunities to encounter projects being undertaken in the locality. The Principal Contributors […]

Violence (2004)

July 13, 2004 - July 15, 2004

Violence 13th – 15th July, 2004 (Dublin) Speakers: Tim Gorringe (University of Exeter) Lesley Orr (University of Glasgow) Jeremy Young (Theologian and Therapist)

Aspects of Death (2003)

January 7, 2003 - January 9, 2003

Aspects of Death July, 2003 (Cardiff) The Principal Speakers Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is a Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine and Vice Dean of the Medical School, University of Wales College of Medicine, where since 1996 has also held a personal chair in Palliative Medicine. She co-authored the first national curriculum in Palliative […]

Marginalisation & Alienation (2002)

July 16, 2002 - July 18, 2002

Marginalisation and Alienation 16th to 18th July 2002 (St Chad’s College, Durham) The Theme The purpose of the conference is to explore and assay ideas and experiences of marginalisation and alienation not just as “out there” in the socio-political world but within pastoral practice, within theology, within our activities of whatever kind, and not least […]

Critical Approaches in Theory & Practice (2001)

July 17, 2001 - July 19, 2001

Critical Approaches in Theory and Practice 17th – 19th July, 2001 (Oxford) The theme of BIAPT’s 2001 conference was spirituality, something which receives a good deal of discussion and debate, but which often remains elusive in its implications for Practical Theology. This was an opportunity not only to hear contributions from our principal speakers, but […]