Practical Theology has emerged as an important discipline in recent decades, making a major contribution both in the academy and amongst reflective practitioners on the ground. The Journal Practical Theology celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018 and this book presents ten journal articles chosen from over 180 that were published in that period. Reflecting on the progress the discipline has made and indicating some future directions in the field, the book is a ‘showcase’ of examples of good practical theology utilising a wide range of methodologies and written by an interesting cross-section of authors from a variety of backgrounds. This is a book which answers the question ‘what is practical theology?’ with real live examples that are accessible, readable and engaging.
Table of Contents
Introduction Nigel Rooms and Zoë Bennett
1. The Bumbling Pastoral Worker: Theological Reflections on a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Interfaith Project Jenny Gaffin
2. Holy Sofas: Transformational Encounters between Evangelical Christians and Post-Christendom Urban Communities Anna E. Thompson
3. Reflections on Autistic Love: What Does Love Look Like? John Swinton
4. Autism and Love: Learning What Love Looks Like—a Response Jill Harshaw
5. Values-based Reflective Practice: A Method Developed in Scotland for Spiritual Care Practitioners Michael Paterson and Ewan Kelly
6. Terrorism: An Incarnational Response – An Interview with Andrew Pratt Andrew Pratt and Alistair Ross
7. Seeking Wisdom in Practical Theology: Phronesis, Poetics and Everyday Life Heather Walton
8. Living Baptismally: Nurturing a Spirituality for Priestly Wellbeing Martin McAlinden
9. Contemporary Christian Dream Interpretation: Awakening the Interest of Practical Theologians John Barnett
10. Practical Theology and the Common Good—Why the Bible is Essential Tim Gorringe and Christopher Rowland
11. Bodies and Behaviours: A Study of Body Image in Adolescent Girls and the Canadian Church Valerie Michaelson, Tracy J. Trothen, Colleen Davison and William Pickett
Nigel Rooms is the current editor of Practical Theology. He is an Anglican priest, consultant, researcher, author and spiritual director working in the fields of cultural change towards mission in local churches, contextual theology and spirituality.
Zoë Bennett is the Director of Postgraduate Studies in Pastoral Theology for the Cambridge Theological Federation and Anglia Ruskin University. She was the first editor of Practical Theology from its beginning in 2008.