What comes next? Practical theology, faithful presence, and prophetic witness

John Swinton*

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The paper is a reflection on some aspects of and developments within practical theology within the UK and Ireland. It highlights some of the possibilities for Practical Theology alongside of the potential dangers. It recognises the diversity of practical theology but argues that this is a strength for the discipline. The paper develops the image of practical theology as a diamond that is shaped and formed as it encounters various pressures. It argues that amidst the anxieties and concerns of Post-Brexit Britain and Ireland, Practical Theology needs to develop its identity as a prophetic witness called to the vocation of truth-telling and critical thinking, public theology, hospitality, and interdisciplinary friendship. BIAPT has the potential to be central to facilitating this prophetic process. It is a place where we are shaped and formed and where the diamond of Practical Theology finds cohesion and clarity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-173
Number of pages12
JournalPractical Theology
Issue number1-2
Early online date26 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • dialogue
  • hospitality
  • Practical theology
  • prophetic


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