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ISSN (printed): 1756-073X. ISSN (electronic): 1756-0748.
Previously known as Contact. Practical Theology, the new name of the official journal of the UK and Irish Association for Practical Theology, is published on behalf of the Contact Pastoral Trust. It has been published since 1960 and plays a vital role for those who are involved in pastoral practice and for those who reflect on practical theology within an academic context. From 2008 the journal is published by Equinox, with an increased pagination and, for the first time, online as well as in print. The journal's mission has always been to contribute to the development of pastoral studies and practical theology by publishing creative articles which report good practice, and which offer fresh theoretical and practical insights in this area. It is multidisciplinary, with contributions drawn from counselling, social work, psychology, sociology, ethics, as well as pastoral and practical theology. Variety to cater for all tastes is a hallmark, from monograph-length articles which have always proved such an important feature of Contact, through research reports of about 5000 words, to much shorter accounts of practice, responses to events, interviews, book reviews, short stories or poems. The audience for the journal are those practioners and students doing masters courses and professional doctoral work in practical theology as well as traditional readers of the journal who have found it a continuing source of enrichment for their day to day practice of ministry.
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