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.




2015 Annual Lecture Announced

September 30th, 2015

Social Justice Institute Official Program

July 29th, 2015

The Social Justice Institute is designed to reclaim the role of the prophetic voices in public life, pulpits and sacred spaces that are essential to continue to move forward issues of social justices. This 5 day intensive continuing education institute is designed to train seminarians, clergy and laity with diverse views and thought leadership through conversations, lectures, worship, and fellowship. More

Work From Consultation on Preaching and Postcolonial Theology Published in Homiletic

July 9th, 2015

The work from the Consultation on Preaching and Postcolonial Theology (hosted by the Center for Practical Theology in Fall 2014) has been published in the journal, Homiletic.  The articles published from the consultation include work by Yohan Go, David Schnasa Jacobsen, Duse Lee, Kwok Pui-lan, Pablo A. Jiménez, Lis Valle, Timothy Jones, and Sarah Travis. Access to these articles is available at A special thanks to respondents: Shelly... More

Social Justice Institute: Poverty, Race and Sexuality

March 25th, 2015

Printable PDF The prophetic voices of ecumenical faith leaders became the catalyst for the Civil Rights movement for a 'Righteous America.' These faith leaders used their pulpits and sacred spaces to address their concerns for the least advantaged amongst them. The American society--founded on a hunger and thirst for religious freedom--was turning a deaf ear to the pleas of the marginalized people. More

Recent Graduate, Dr. Susan Forshey, Promoted to Assistant Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

March 25th, 2015

Susan Forshey joined the faculty of University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in August 2014 and was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation. She brings twenty years of experience in congregational lay ministry, administration, retreat leadership, spiritual direction, and Christian education, and ten years experience in higher education. This past January, Susan completed a Ph.D. in Practical Theology... More

Feminist Practical Theology Event April 7, 2015: Mothering, Public Leadership, and Spirituality: Reflections in Dialogue with Jarena Lee, Dorothy Day, and Dolores Huerta

March 23rd, 2015

All are welcome to join us in the STH Community Center on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 5:00-7:00pm for a presentation and open discussion on the topic “Mothering, Public Leadership, and Spirituality: Reflections in Dialogue with Jarena Lee, Dorothy Day, and Dolores Huerta." This will be an opportunity to open up conversation and theological reflection about mothering and “motherwork”, particularly in... More

Xochitl Alvizo Accepts Professor of Religious Studies Position at California State University, Northridge

March 20th, 2015

PhD candidate Xochitl Alvizo will continue to bring a feminist focus to theology and religion through her newly accepted tenure track position at California State University, Northridge. She will begin teaching classes in the fall as the Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Gender (LGBT), Sex, and Sexuality. California State University, More

University of Dubuque hires Chris James as Instructor in Evangelism & Missional Christianity

March 4th, 2015

Evangelism and mission are increasingly important aspects of theological education in seminaries. CGCM student associate and PhD candidate Christopher James will soon start a new position teaching and researching in these areas as a faculty instructor in Evangelism and Missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. James is currently working to complete his dissertation tentatively titled is... More

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