Center for Practical Theology

The Center for Practical Theology seeks to provide a bridge between the scholarly resources, questions, and insights of a university-based theological seminary and the wisdom, questions, and traditions of communities of faith.

In doing so, the Center provides an infrastructure for sustaining, deepening, and expanding important relationships and connections between Boston University School of Theology and local congregations, denominational offices, and religious centers so that they may be more integrally incorporated into student learning and faculty teaching and research. The Center was created in January 2005 with generous funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.




Visiting Researcher Keith Magee: Prosperity Gospel and the Poor

May 2nd, 2014

Keith Magee is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Practical Theology conducting research on the Prosperity Gospel and the Poor.  Keith is a trained economist and religious scholar, and brings this lens to his research, specifically at the intersections of economics and spirituality.  His research began with his own interest in religious history considering migrant narratives, ethno-graphic studies, and... More

Doctoral research: Urban churches and poverty

May 2nd, 2014

Andrew Tripp is a Ph.D. candidate in Practical Theology with a concentration in Church and Society.  He currently serves as a hospital chaplain while in the writing phase for his dissertation.  His doctoral research is focused on urban churches and poverty.  Andrew has sought out to identify churches that are being the church through their embodiment of scripture, especially surrounding... More

New Research on Church Closings and Their Pastors

February 13th, 2014

                    Dr. Gail Cafferata is Visiting Researcher at the Center for Practical Theology conducting research on church closings and the experiences of mainline pastors who have guided congregations through the process of closing. Read More

2013 Annual Lecture with Elaine Graham

November 20th, 2013

On November 20, 2013, Dr. Elaine Graham delivered the Sixth Annual Center for Practical Theology Annual Lecture, entitled “Jews, Pagans, Sceptics and Emperors: Public Theology as Christian Apologetics.” To view the lecture please go to "2013 Annual Lecture". Panel on Popular Culture as Resource for Public Theology with Elaine Graham and Bryan Stone