Journal of
Theology (JPT)

Special Issue 2022: Qualitative Pastoral Research

Call for Proposals due April 1st: See More Information Below or Download

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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;
  • Provide an intentional forum, for the voices of diverse persons, women and men, of many cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Foster multi-cultural understandings of issues in the discipline;
  • Promote and encourage mulch-discipline/multi-cultural research in the filed of pastoral theology;
  • Provide resources for those who teach and those who study, through recording current research and assessing the relevant literature; and
  • Provide for the construction of sound theological principles for guidance and critique of pastoral practice; and to work creatively, synthesizing and constructing, to define the frontiers and parameters of the discipline.
Journal of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Mary Clark Moschella

Yale Divinity School | Co-editor

Dr. Danjuma Gibson

Dr. Danjuma Gibson

Calvin Theological Seminary | Co-editor

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | SPECIAL ISSUE 2022: Qualitative Pastoral Research

February 9, 2022
Call for Proposals
Journal of Pastoral Theology
Special Issue: Qualitative Pastoral Research

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to submit proposals for articles in a special JPT issue featuring original qualitative research projects grounded in pastoral theology. We are looking for full-length articles (approximately 8,000 words) that do one of two things:

1. Provide a full account of a research project, including methods, findings, and pastoral-theological implications.
For a good example, see:
Erin Raffety, Kevin Vollrath, Emily Harris & Laura Foote (2019) Lonely Joy: How Families with Nonverbal Children with Disabilities Communicate, Collaborate, and Resist in a World that Values Words, Journal of Pastoral Theology, 29:2, 101-115, DOI: 10.1080/10649867.2019.1621024
2. Reflect on a particular aspect of a larger study (perhaps one you published elsewhere or one that is still in progress), highlighting its implications for pastoral research, practices of care, or pedagogy.
For a good example, see:
Dave Csinos, “From Pioneer to Partner: Dismantling White Normativity in Ethnographic Theology” in Religious Education (2020) 115:4, 400-412, 
DOI: 10.1080/00344087.2020.1738622

Please send your proposals, including a title and an abstract of up to 200 words to the editors by April 1, 2022. The articles themselves will be due on September 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the editors.

Your editors,
Danjuma Gibson
Mary Clark Moschella