group symposium


Imagining Community Within Chaos:
Re-membering, Re-energizing, and Futuring Practical Theology

Online Meeting, April 1-2, 2022

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Friday, April 1 (all times listed in US mountain time):

8:30-10:00 a.m. (10:30 EST) Opening and Plenary Panel Discussion: “What Happened?: How Practical Theology Went Public in the Pandemic”


  • Laura Kelly Fanucci, Author, Speaker
  • Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty,
    Professor of Practical Theology, Iliff School of Theology
  • Lahronda Little, Interim Director of the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Doctoral Student
  • Dr. Lynne Westfield, Director of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion


10:15-11:45 a.m.
Knowledge Collaborations, Part I

Collaboration 1: Youth Work and Neurodiversity: Creating Curriculum with and for Neurodivergent Young People


  • Michael Paul Cartledge, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Erin Raffety, Princeton Theological Seminary

Collaboration 2: Emerging Scholars Research Collaborative


  • Seán McGuire (McMaster Divinity College)
  • Beth Gould Nolson (McMaster Divinity College)
  • Dale Sanger (McMaster Divinity College)

Collaboration 3: An appreciative inquiry exploring a practical theology of belonging


  • Saiyyidah Zaidi, Student-University of Glasgow, Faculty Member-Meyler Campbell, Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator
  • Professor John Swinton, Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Collaboration 4: Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations: Innovation Amidst and Beyond COVID-19


  • Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Iliff School of Theology
  • Allison Norton, Hartford International University for Religion and Peace

Collaboration 5: Practical Theology and Climate Crisis: What Work Has Been Done and What Contributions in Teaching and Research Can Be Made?


  • Jennifer Ayres, Emory University and Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Collaboration 6: Anti-colonial Moves in Practical Theology

  • Christine J. Hong, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Annie A. Lockhart-Gilroy, Phillips Theological Seminary
  • Anne Carter Walker, Phillips Theological Seminary


12:00-12:45 p.m.
Small Group Mentoring Conversations

Jaco Hamman, Emmanuel Lartey, Boyung Lee, Joyce Mercer, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Evelyn Parker, Phillis Sheppard, Mai-Anh Le Tran, Claire Wolfteich


1:00-2:30 p.m.
Research Presentations I

Group A:

  • Eliana Ah-Rum Ku, “The Practice of Lament to be a (Yeon) Community: Remembering and Reconnecting the Experiences of Suffering to Nurture Life beyond Surviving”
  • Katherine M. Douglass, Seattle Pacific University; Brittany Tausen, Seattle Pacific University, “Dehumanization and Neighbor Love: The Collaborative Challenges of Interdisciplinary Work between Practical Theology and Cognitive Psychology


Group B:

  • Pierre Hegy, Adelphi University “Secularization Factors in a Catholic Parish”
  • Paul Momoh,The BiMAL Institute (FReN-Australia), “Influence of secularization on spiritual practices at Evangelical theological Colleges (three Australian case studies)”
  • Lori Giacchetta, McMaster Divinity College, “Spiritual Formation in Secular Spaces: The Evolution of Spiritual Journeys in Hospital Chaplaincy”


Group C:

  • Dr Christopher Turner – Stirling College, University of Divinity (Melbourne, Australia)- “Critical Self Reflection: Epistemic Sensitivity in Reflective Practice”
  • Michael Woolf, Harvard University- “Power, Agency, and Practice: Practical Theological Engagement with Judith Butler’s Theories of Subjectivation”


2:45-3:45 p.m.
Co-conspirator Vocational Conversations (peer-resourcing)

  • Surviving as an “only” on my faculty (only queer person, only racial-minoritized from a particular group, only non-Christian, only international, etc.)
  • Getting research/writing done with a heavy admin/teaching load;
  • Also a parent/caregiver during work/life context collapse;
  • I have one big project left in me…discerning/completing the final season of faculty life;
  • Doctoral student gathering;
  • I started a new job in the pandemic;
  • Addressing Burnout and Had-Enough-of-This: finding ways to sustain good work without harming ourselves;
  • Teaching Practical Theology in Spanish;


3:45-4:00 p.m. 
Collective Exhale (plenary)


Saturday, April 2:

7:45 am- 8:30 am
Publishing in Practical Theology Information Session (plenary)


  • Ingrid Heijckers-Velt, Associate Editor at Brill Publishers
  • Phillis I. Sheppard, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt Divinity School


8:30-9:45 a.m.
Knowledge Collaborations, Part II


10:00-10:45 a.m.
APT Business Meeting/Community Celebrations (plenary)

Presiding: Dr. Katherine Turpin, Iliff School of Theology


11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Research Presentations II (2 groups)

Group D:

  • Tom Beaudoin, Fordham University, “A Pantheon Research Project as Practical Theology”
  • Soren M. Hessler, Huron University College, “Administrative Practices of Theological Schools Informed by Institutional History: A Practical Theological Approach to Archives, Records, and Contemporary Policy-Making Processes”


Group E:

  • Sarah Ann Bixler, Eastern Mennonite Seminary “Investigating Adolescent Attachment in Congregations”
  • Adam Toler, Yale Divinity School, “A Comparative Phenomenological Study of Substance Use and Religious Practice in Celebration and Coping


12:45-1:00 p.m.
Ritual Closing (plenary)


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