The Association of Practical Theology (APT) will hold its biennial conference at Princeton Seminary on April 13–15, 2012. The conference theme is “Practical Theology and Sacred Texts,” and it will feature a shared keynote address, “Paul as a Practical Theologian,” on April 13 by PTS professors Beverly Roberts Gaventa and Richard Osmer.on-off_Mikoski-Osmer.jpg

APT president and PTS associate professor Gordon Mikoski says the theme “highlights Princeton’s unique contribution to the field of practical theology—focusing on practice in a theological way.” Mikoski and Osmer are the authors of a recent book on Princeton Seminary’s contributions to the field of practical theology, With Piety and Learning: The History of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.

In addition to the keynote address, papers will be given in three categories: how practical theologians use sacred texts, what determines what is a sacred text, and sacred texts as themselves examples of practical theology.

Although the conference is the professional meeting for scholars in the field of practical theology, Mikoski says that pastors, “who do practical theology every day,” are encouraged and welcome to attend. For more information or to register, go to www.practicaltheology.org.