2018 Biennial Conference Information

2018 Biennial Conference Information2018-03-09T11:52:37+00:00



The Association of Practical Theology

Biennial Conference, April 13-15, 2018

Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT

Registration:  http://www.regonline.com/practicaltheology2018


Confirmed Presenters/Speakers APT 2018

Don and Emily Saliers:     “ Theology and Justice: A Musical Conversation”

Emily and Don Saliers explore how music is related to social justice and the cries of the human heart.  One of us is a singer-songwriter playing in bars and rock concerts, the other is a church musician.  We are asking how music shapes and expresses human engagement with issues of justice and peace.  What makes music a powerful force for social change?  How is singing together a spiritual practice?   This session will involve the assembly singing as well.

Emily Saliers is one-half of the Grammy Award winning duo the Indigo Girls.  For over twenty-five years they have performed around the world and have recorded 16 albums.  Emily has recently released her first solo album, “Murmuration Nation.”   She was co-author with Don Saliers of the book, A Song to Sing, A Life to Live.  Active in social justice movements, she is married to Tristin Chipman and they are raising their five-year-old daughter in Atlanta, Georgia.

Don is Wm. R. Cannon Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus at Emory University.  He continues to teach as Theologian-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology.  An accomplished jazz and classical pianist, he has lectured widely and teaches in summer sessions at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music.  Among his publications are Worship As Theology: Foretaste of Glory Divine, Music and Theology,  and Worship Come to Its Senses.  He serves as national chaplain to the American Guild of Organists.


Emmanuel Garibay : “Painting as a Postcolonial Practice of Justice”

Emmanuel Garibay is the conference artisti-in-residence. He will be in our midst painting throughout the conference, and will explore the practical theological dimensions of his art in a plenary conversation at the end of the conference. His art will also be on display.

Emmanuel Garibay is a Filipino painter known for his expressionist figurative style. Many of his works feature ordinary people in scenes of political, religious, and social complexity, where controversial issues of justice and truth are presented vigorously and colorfully. He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a BA in Sociology and a BA in Fine Arts, and earned his Master of Divinity degree at the Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. His first exhibit was held in 1993, since then he has gained recognition, exhibiting in widely in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He believes that “Art is all about an idea that you want to share. [It is] a way of seeing the what you want people to appreciate in their world.”

Charrise Barron

Charrise Barron is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University.

She recently earned her PhD from Harvard University in African and African American studies, with a secondary concentration in music. She also holds a Master of Divinity summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School. Her seminar at Yale, entitled “Gospel Music in the Church and World,” analyzes the ways in which African American gospel has been produced and performed for both church and popular consumption. Previously, as a Riley Scholar-in-Music at Colorado College, she taught classes on gospel and black protest music. She has also guest lectured on African American religion and black popular music for several Harvard University courses.

Barron is currently writing a book on contemporary African American gospel music.

She is a Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Doctoral Fellowship alumna, and a member of the Harvard University Society of Horizons Scholars. Beyond her academic work, Barron is an ordained Christian minister and gospel keyboardist, singer, and composer. She has performed and directed music programming in churches throughout the United States and abroad.

Presentation at APT 2018:

New Songs in the Same Strange Land: Congregational Music for Worship and Liberation in the Age of Hip Hop and Black Lives Matter

Historically, the folk and congregational music of black Christians has bolstered social justice movements—from abolition to the classical phase of the Civil Rights Movement. Yet, hip hop has emerged as the primary motivating music of Black Lives Matter protesters, even as hip hop has remained a liminal music form in many black American churches. This presentation illuminates efforts to bridge hip hop, Black Lives Matter, and Christian congregational music-making. Concomitantly, this session explores the black Christian congregational music-making tradition as a means to: build community across race and denomination; support contemporary black liberation efforts; and reflect Christian witness.

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer is a scholar-artist-activist who uses anthropology and performance to explore the intersections of race and popular culture. Su’ad is currently an associate professor of American Culture and Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Princeton University. She is a graduate from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and completed the Islamic Studies diploma program of the Institute at Abu Nour University (Damascus). Her latest work, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States (NYU Press 2016), is an ethnography on Islam and hip hop that examines how intersecting ideas of Muslimness and Blackness challenge and reproduce the meanings of race in the US. Su’ad’s written work on Islam and hip hop is accompanied by her performance ethnography, Sampled: Beats of Muslim LifeSampled is a one-woman solo performance designed to present and represent her research and findings to diverse audiences as part of her commitment to public scholarship. In line with this commitment Su’ad leads Sapelo Square, the first website dedicated to the comprehensive documentation and analysis of the Black US American Muslim experience. She has also written for The Root, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Ebony Magazine, the Huffington Post, Religious Dispatches and Trans/Missions, and has appeared on Al Jazeera English. Additionally, Su’ad is a Senior Project Advisor for the US Public Television award-winning documentary, New Muslim Cool and her poetry was featured in the anthology Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak.

Pre-Conference Workshop on Pedagogy, Practical Theology, and the Arts

Plans are in the works to partner with New York Theater of the Oppressed to offer a  pre-conference workshop focused on pedagogy. The workshop will begin Thursday evening, April 12, and continue during the day on Friday April 13 prior to the start of the conference. Check back for updated information soon!