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Association of Practical Theology in Oceania – 2015 Conference

Association of Practical Theology in Oceania – 2015 Conference

Association of Practical Theology in Oceania

in association with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

2015 Conference

University House, Australian National University, Canberra

26-29 November 2015

Explorations in Practical Theology:

Faith and the Political in a Post-Secular Age


Resurgence in religious consciousness has become a feature of contemporary public life. Such cultural shift experienced globally, is characterised as a religious-political milieu that some scholars are beginning to describe as post-secular. The 2015 APTO conference will explore this emerging phenomenon which points to an increasing connection between the ‘two cities,’ the temporal-political and the faith-mystical. Key themes for the conference will include: the increasing prevalence in religions of a fundamentalist and radicalized minority; the future benefits of inter-religious dialogue; the ideal of a university; together with the value of dialogue between secular reason and notions of religious emancipation.  The conference will also explore some of the positive aspects of the return of the sacred in popular culture, such as the potential of religion to inform the universal search for values, to be an advocate for the marginalized, while at the same time challenge some of the narrow secular and materialistic assumptions of contemporary Western culture, that would confine reality to what can be seen and measured.


Members of the Association of Practical Theology in Oceania and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, together with colleagues of associated organisations are cordially invited to submit a proposal for a paper to be presented as part of the 2015 conference. Proposals are particularly welcome that directly address the conference theme from various disciplines and perspectives and that contribute to the broad work of practical theology. Papers of interest will draw upon theological and political issues within the context of Oceania, including questions relating to indigenous cultures and spirituality, the rise of radical atheism, juxtapositioned with religious fundamentalism and the increasing discourse on post-secularity. Relevant subjects also include issues relating to dialogue between ecclesiology and the social sciences, together with questions on environmental ethics, political theology, economics, and the theology of liberation.

2015 Program Outline

2015 Program Outline

The program outline for the 12th Conference of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT), July 16-20, 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa can now be downloaded.

All the registration information and links to the online registration form and accommodation information can be found on the conference page.

Charles Sturt University – Wicking Chair/Associate Professor of Ageing and Practical Theology

Charles Sturt University – Wicking Chair/Associate Professor of Ageing and Practical Theology

Wicking Chair/Associate Professor of Ageing and Practical Theology

  • Full time, Fixed Term (up to 5 years)
  • Level D – up to $124,341 to $136,984 p.a. (Plus 17% Superannuation)
  • Level E – up to $160,169 p.a. (Plus 17% Superannuation)
  • Canberra

The University, in partnership with St Mark’s National Theological Centre, seeks an inspiring and accomplished researcher to fill the newly established position of Wicking Chair/Associate Professor, and concurrently lead the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS) as Director. CAPS was established within St Mark’s National Theological Centre to support research, education and policy development in pastoral studies, ageing and related ethical issues. It seeks to examine the process of ageing within the context of meaning in life and well-being.

The School of Theology at the University operates under an Agreement between the University, St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra (St Mark’s) and the United Theological College, Sydney (UTC). It combines undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education alongside opportunities for exploration of Christian vocation and ministry, making it distinctive within the Australian context.

This is a strategic appointment and an opportunity to take a leadership role in this relatively new field of practice and enquiry. The successful applicant will bring an outstanding record of scholarship, research and publication to the position. The appointee will conduct and cultivate quality research, work to ensure research outcomes translate into practice and strengthen links with like-minded organisations, both nationally and internationally. As the Director of CAPS the appointee will take overall responsibility for the operation of the Centre and will advance the vision and goals of the Centre through excellence in research, scholarship, education and advocacy. The Wicking Chair/Associate Professor would also work in cooperation with the University’s Research Centre in Public and Contextual Theology (PACT).

Download full position description.

Applicants are expected to apply online and address the selection criteria listed in the position description.

Applications close: 11 November 2014

YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL – Position in Pastoral Care

YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL – Position in Pastoral Care


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Position in Pastoral Care

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenured appointment in the field of Pastoral Theology and Care, to begin July 1, 2015. In an ecumenical and increasingly interfaith environment, Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service.

The Divinity School hopes to make an appointment of an established scholar with a record of significant publication, evidence of success as a teacher, and a commitment to theological education. The successful candidate should have expertise in one or more areas of Pastoral Theology and Care, such as communal-contextual models of care, post-colonial pastoral care, embodiment and human sexuality, narrative approaches to care, and/or pastoral research methods.

A letter of application with curriculum vitae and a list of three references should be submitted online at .  Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2014.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

IAPT 2015 Call for Papers

IAPT 2015 Call for Papers

The twelfth IAPT biennial conference, the second one in South Africa, will be held from 16-20 July 2015 in Pretoria.

In view of the rich political and cultural heritage of South Africa and the historical and contemporary legacy of injustice that has so powerfully shaped this context, we decided at the Toronto conference to focus on issues of injustice, personhood and human dignity. It also provides an opportunity to explore philosophies and worldviews rooted in the (South) African context that could help to address these problems. In this conference we will explore one such worldview or spirituality that is deeply rooted in the Southern African context, namely Ubuntu.

The call for papers provide members with information on the venue, theme and plenary speakers.

Download the call for papers.

Submit an abstract.

President’s Newsletter May 2014

President’s Newsletter May 2014

The President’s Newsletter for May 2014 is now available.

In this newsletter you will find important information regarding the 2015 Pretoria conference, the 2013 conference publication and some administrative issues. Most importantly, this newsletter serves as a reminder that nominations for new members are due soon.

President’s Newsletter May 2014.