British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT)

Michael Paterson will be delivering one of the keynote addresses at the British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT) Annual Conference at the University of Warwick 10-12 July 2018.

Discipled by Praxis: Soul and Role in Context

Love it or hate it, reflective practice is here to stay. But with no agreed definition, clear telos, or recognisable formula, its use presents practitioners with a plethora of theoretical, ethical and practical questions. This presentation traces the development of the practice, identifies prevailing strands within the extensive literature and explores why close encounters of a reflective kind cause some people to flourish and others to flounder. Weaving theory and praxis together, it argues for a missional approach to reflection which engages soul, role and context in dialogue and underlines the invaluable pedagogical and formative character of praxis. The presentation will include samples of creative forms of theological reflection drawn from the presenter’s own experience.