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Society for Pastoral Theology

A community of scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners of care committed to enriching the discipline of pastoral theology and advancing its role in equipping people for ministry in a variety of settings

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SPT

Society for Pastoral Theology

The Society for Pastoral Theology (SPT) is a community of scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners of care committed to enriching the discipline of pastoral theology and advancing its role in equipping people for ministry.Membership is open to others sharing these concerns.

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The Society for Pastoral Theology welcomes new members seeking to engage in critical reflection on the theology, theory, and practice of care. Members include students, scholars, practitioners, and religious leaders committed to the discipline of pastoral theology.

Become a Member

The Society for Pastoral Theology welcomes new members seeking to engage in critical reflection on the theology, theory, and practice of care.
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Journal of Pastoral Theology

Journal of Pastoral Theology

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2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting

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Learn more about how to publish your research in the Journal of Pastoral Theology.

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SPT’s Annual Meeting is the third weekend of June. Members receive discounted registration. Learn more today.

Society Resources

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2019 Steering Committee

Version 3

Dr. Kirsten Oh

Azusa Pacific University, Chair, Term Ends 2020

Dr. Jill Snodgrass

Dr. Jill Snodgrass

Loyola University Maryland, Treasurer, Term Ends 2021

Cedric Johnson

Dr. Cedric Johnson

Redeemer City to City, Vice-Chair, Term Ends 2021

Phillis Sheppard

Dr. Phillis Sheppard

Vanderbilt Divinity School, Recording Secretary, Term Ends 2022

Dr. Jim Higginbotham

Dr. Jim Higginbotham

Earlham School of Religion, Special Projects Liaison, Term Ends 2023

35th Anniversary SPT 2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting

The 35th Anniversary of the Society for Pastoral Theology

Conference Title: What is a Border?: Psychodynamic Reflections on Hybrid Identities, Attachment, and Exchange

The Society for Pastoral Theology has always strived to be interdisciplinary, crossing the borders of theology, psychology, and sociology. We have often wrestled with our identities. Do we focus on issues more relevant for the academy or clinicians? Should our perspectives be more about the self or the collective?

We are meeting this year in San Diego, a town that borders Mexico. Geographic boundaries evidence that borders are in part artificial creations. No wonder they are often contested spaces! Borders are both individually and collectively constructed and can both wield and contest power. Yet, almost no border is impermeable. The nature of exchange across boundaries manifests the power dynamics and the health of the relationships. Exchange is never unregulated.

Journal of Pastoral Theology

The Journal of Pastoral Theology was established in 1990 by the Society for Pastoral Theology.

The mission of the Journal of Pastoral Theology is to:

  • Further the understanding of pastoral theology as a theological discipline and to clarify the nature of the discipline;
  • Maintain a view of pastoral theology as a constructive theology growing out of the exercise of caring relationships, with attention both to present lived experience and to knowledge derived from the past;
Journal of Theology