The Society for Pastoral Theology (SPT) is a community forum for theological educators and others interested in critical reflection on the theology, theory and practice of care in ministry. We understand pastoral theology as a constructive practical theological enterprise focused on the religious and spiritual care of persons, families and communities. As such, it draws on interdisciplinary methods growing out of classical and contemporary theological traditions. Our intention is to inform and learn from theological conversation throughout the academy and to enhance the practice of ministry in congregational and specialized settings. Our membership is composed of pastoral theologians and practitioners who broadly identify themselves with Christian religious traditions. We seek to honor, understand and critically develop our own traditions of care. We also engage in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Finally, we strive to be open to multiple practices of care from a variety of religious and secular traditions.