Theological Action Research Training

Aimed at doctoral students and researchers, the training is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to embark on your own theological action research project.  The training will be interactive and conversational and take place over Zoom. The timings are chosen to enable participation in Asia and Australia and New Zealand.

The training is run by Dr Helen Cameron, Research Associate of the Centre for Baptist Studies at Regent’s Park College, Oxford and Dr James Butler, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Roehampton and MA lecturer at the Church Mission Society, Oxford.

Price: £35 doctoral students, £50 waged researchers.

An early bird discount of £5 will be available. Sign up to our regular newsletter or follow us on Twitter to receive an alert when booking opens.

Dates for 2021/22

Wed 29th September 2021 (9.30am-3.30pm BST) Book here.

Fri 7th January 2022 (14.00-20.30 GMT)

Wed 27th and Thu 28th April 2022 (9.30am-12.30pm both days BST)

Feedback from Previous Participants

“I think everything worked really well. I really enjoyed it thank you and so many of my questions were answered via the jam board and feedback from the groups. Three key insights: the type of conversations in Reflector meetings, a theology of revelation, the data is also reading me/us.”

“The insights are really questions about how to let go of the research question, which is also related to not looking at the data as a problem to be solved, as I understand it. Those questions are sticking with me if this is the right methodology for my project. I also appreciate how much this promotes ownership, which is key for my research. I liked the online format — it made it possible for me to attend.”

Three key insights: “Be prayerfully attentive to the data. The formal voice can include other disciplines. TAR is about discernment through conversation.”

“I have definitely learned about the power of conversational method through this training especially group conversations we had.”

“[My understanding of theological action research is now] deeper – surprise and conversation all now have more weight and validity.”

“Today has made me realise that I’ve missed having theological conversations! Hearing other people made me realise how much I’ve grown in this area since I first heard about it… so feel more confident. Will certainly pay attention to whose voices are at the table and whose voices may be missing.. so will apply that to the conversation partners.”

“A group can quickly become comfortable using language and concepts [of] the four theological voices. The processing of data in a group setting can produce outcomes greater than the sum of its parts. TAR is more adaptable and flexible that I had understood. Of course I would have loved more time and time together in person, but this was an excellent training given the constraints we are all under.”

“The categories and characteristics have been filled out, the group work gave a first taste of the difficulty and promise of the conversational approach and the four voices. the interview and summaries added a lot of practical wisdom about the practice.”

“The exercises in groups and general session were informative. I really loved the polyphonic and dialogical nature of the methodology. Stimulating and inspiring.”