[ACNS, by Jayson Rhodes] Practitioners, teachers and researchers in practical theology converged on the Irish town of Limerick last week for the annual British and Irish Association of Practical Theology Conference.
The conference brought about 120 practical theologians together to examine how they can work and research out of their faith in contexts that range from parish ministry to chaplaincy and academia.
The chair of BIAPT, Dr Clare Watkins said that the work of the work of the conference focused on integrating theology and practice and this year linked it as a form of spiritual practice.
This year’s conference had the theme of Wrestling with Angels? - Practical Theology as Spiritual Practice. Dr Watkins said that it has been some years since the conference was held in Ireland and it reflected the ecumenical nature of the association that is largely Protestant. Along with theologians from Britain and Ireland there were also delegates from Canada and New Zealand.
At the conference Sandro Dallas was awarded the annual MA dissertation prize for his work that explored whether the Gregorian Notion of Consideration as a framework for theological reflection could aid reflective practice in pastoral care.