ACU National Head of School, School of Theology (QLD) and IAPT University Host, Dr Gerard Hall; Kampen Theological University representative and IAPT Chair of Working Groups, Dr Ruard Ganzevoort; IAPT Conference Secretariat, Regina Kaye; University of Stellenbosch representative and IAPT International President; Professor Daniel Louw and ACU National Lecturer, School of Theology (VIC) and IAPT Conference Convenor and Programme Chair, Dr Brian Kelty.
...IAPT 2005 Conference Convenor and ACU National Lecturer in the School of Theology (VIC), Dr Brian Kelty said the purpose of the conference was to advance the discipline of Practical Theology.
"In Australia, Practical Theology is not something which is well known.By holding biennial conferences we have the opportunity to explore issues and let people know how research is conducted within our discipline.Practical theology uses empirical and humanistic methods; it also interfaces well with the social sciences."Dr Kelty
said that he
thought the conference had been very successful."This conference has brought together some of the most eminent scholars in practical theology from universities in Europe, the United States and South Africa as well as the South Pacific region.We have had very productive meetings where academics have had the opportunity to exchange ideas within the discipline," he
"Practical theology involves looking at practices within the church and the world at large and trying to reflect and respond critically to these types of situations," he
said.Papers presented at the conference covered diverse issues such as land reform, human rights, and problems faced by the early Lutherans settling in South Australia in the 19th Century.Dr Kelty
said holding the conference at ACU National
has been the result of a two-year planning process."The conference is usually held in a different continent.At an IAPT
meeting in 2001, I was invited to host the 2005 conference at ACU National
.This has been a great opportunity to showcase our Brisbane Campus