Academic Conference

Webinar 2022.OCTOBER

Beyond Political Systems: Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Good

Content of the Talk:

We are very delighted to have two speakers from Cambridge and respondent from Hong Kong. The webinar will focus on Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Good and why Catholic Social Teaching is not aligned with any particular politico-economic system, and how this works in practice.

Two Speakers:

Dr Frances Image and Dr Marystella Guerra
Dr Frances Image served for twenty years as Diocesan Schools’ Commissioner, first in East Anglia then in the Diocese of Northampton. She subsequently completed her Ph.D. at the University of London (Heythrop College/SAS) exploring the impact of Catholic education on the integral development of vulnerable and marginalized children in Ecuador measuring impact across the whole range of a child’s potentialities. Her current research focused on the interconnection between Catholic Social Teaching and the praxis of providing holistic education to children suffering extreme deprivation, including the practicalities of measuring impact. She is also currently involved in a project to produce a course on eco-theology for use within parishes in her diocese and beyond.
Dr Marystella Ramirez Guerra holds degrees in History and Theology from the Universities of Navarre, Oxford, Cambridge, and Aachen. Her research interests include the religious Enlightenment of the Holy Roman Empire during the 18th Century, Women’s education during this Enlightenment period and its connection to the reform of civil society, and the historical connections between social-political regimes and the concept of Human Dignity as understood by Catholic Social Teaching. She is currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and is working on a book titled Women’s Education, Proto-Feminism, and Pietism in 18 Century Prussia, to be published in 2024 by Routledge.


Dr Mary Yuen

Dr Mary Yuen, Professor of Social Ethics at Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy. Her recent publications include Solidarity and Reciprocity with the Marginalized Migrants. Palgrave macmillan, 2020 and “The Poor Workers in an Affluent City.” In Street Homelessness and Catholic Theological Ethics, edited by James F. Keenan and Mark McGreevy. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019. Her research interests in economic, environmental/ecological ethics, social and feminist ethics, globalization and human rights.

Zoom link Topic:
Time: Oct 31, 2022, Mon 5:30pm HK (9:30am UK)

Join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83569502219?pwd=YUg0UTVpOTJ6c2l1VUgyaTJCSWljUT09
Meeting ID: 835 6950 2219

Passcode: 189921

Webinar 2022.JUNE

Interpretation in Multi-Scriptural Contexts: Reading Genesis and Zhuangzi Cross-Textually

Content of the Talk:

Asian readers of the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament) bring with them their own religio-cultural texts and the socio-political contexts into the reading processes, demonstrating that this practice in Asian Christianity and biblical hermeneutics cannot be avoided, nor should it be undermined. This presentation does not only argue against the “text-context interpretive mode” which seems to presuppose that Asia is always the “context” without its own “text” when it comes to reading the Bible, but also proposes a different approach of “cross-textual reading” strategy that intends to address the Asian multi-textual reality, which reflects the religiosity and spirituality of Asian people.

In Chinese Bible translation, Zhuangzi’s notions of “kongxu” (空虚) and “hundun” (混沌) have been adopted for both the Protestant and Catholic renderings of Genesis 1. It is the aim of this presentation to re-examine the appropriateness of the Chinese terminology for the interpretation of the Hebrew words of “tohu vbohu” (תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ) in the biblical creation narratives.


Archie C. C. Lee is University Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, Center for Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies, Shandong University. Formerly, he was Professor and Chair of Department of Cultural and Religious Studies and Dean of Arts of CUHK, Founding Director of the Programme of Christianity in Asia at Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University, Founding President of Society of Asian Biblical Studies, and member of Council of Society of Biblical Literature . His research interest and publications are in the Hebrew Bible and cross-textual interpretation of the Bible in Asian contexts.


Dr. Jiang Zhenshuai, Associate Professor, Center for Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies, Shandong University.

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Meeting ID: 876 0874 1068

Passcode: 443387

Webinar 2022.MAY

Horizontal Care: Acknowledging Borders & Building Bridges through Clergy Outreach & Professional Engagement (COPE)

Content of Talk: 

This talk will describe the dynamic complexity of collaboration between people with lived experience of
mental illness, their clergy and their clinicians. We will first examine wellbeing and community support
that calls on no clinicians. We will also describe borders between the work of faith communities and
that of clinicians. This will help us identify how to then bridge these borders to provide the care that is
needed by some persons so that they can return to their communities. Throughout the talk we will discuss
the ethical imperative in Isaiah 58:6-9 to reach out horizontally to our communities as more important than
the desire to reach vertically to God. I would be very interested in how this horizontal/vertical ethic and
theology of Isaiah compares to Confucian ideas or other Chinese religious traditions that the discussant might offer.


Dr. Milstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The City College of the City University of New York, where students come from 110 countries. He teaches Immigration Psychology, as well as the Civic Engagement of Religion. Each is studied from a lifespan development and prevention science perspective, which can elucidate both resilience and risks. His research investigates and facilitates the intersections of religion and mental health, as well as immigration and psychological resilience. Our team developed and implements the Clergy Outreach and Professional Engagement (COPE) paradigm to create programs that promote collaboration between faith based organizations and health or education professionals, which improve the continuity of wellness and acculturation. We have worked with community mental health centers, local schools, the Red Cross, as well as the United States Military and Veteran Affairs. Dr. Milstein lectures locally, nationally and internationally. Central to all this work is helping persons to develop or regain their own sense of “home”.

Respondent: Rev. Dominic White and Prof. Edmund Kwok

Centre for Quality-Life Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Zoom link Topic: May 10, 2022 5pm HK (10am UK)

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Meeting ID: 812 2766 7978

Passcode: 016957

Webinar 2022.April

“Are they educable in faith?”: Faith and severe intellectual disabilities

Content of the Talk:

“Are they educable in faith?” is a question that some evangelistic church workers of Hong Kong asked when providing religious care to persons having intellectual disabilities. The issue that this presentation intends to address is a certain problematic conception of selfhood that have made Christians without disabilities misconceive individuals with cognitive impairment as inferior in the matter of faith or even incapable of coming to faith. I intend to show that it is an unhelpful myth. The first part of my critique will be given through describing three kinds of perceptions about the relationship between faith and severe intellectual disabilities and their undesirable impact; and secondly through a review of literature and their implications to the practices of care.


Sarah Shea is currently teaching at the Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary. Before studying Practical Theology at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, she was an experienced educator of children with special educational needs. Her research interests include Christian education, practical theological reflection, and theologies of disabilities. She is the Vice President of the Asian Academy of Practical Theology Hong Kong.


Wensan (Hannah) CHEN
Research Associate of Divinity School of Chung Chi College

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Time: Apr 29, 2022 5pm HK (10am UK)

Meeting ID: 881 7826 9130

Passcode: 661345

Webinar 2022.FEB

“Swimming within Christ” (涵泳基督): To Build an Intercultural Theology of Prayer in Dialogue with Neo-Confucian Spirituality

Content of Talk:

his talk provides an outline of intercultural theology of prayer in border crossing with deep learning from Neo-Confucian spirituality, and therefore to develop a Chines Christian theory and practice of “learning of Mind and Heart”. It can be metaphorized as a spirituality of “swimming with Christ” in Neo-Confucian terminology. Christian prayer, as an action of God’s grace, is also God’s loving call to human beings to pray.

Speakers: Prof You Bin (游斌)

Founding Director, Academy of Religions, Minzu University of China
Chang Jiang Young Scholars, Ministry of Education, China
Professor of Christianity and Biblical Studies, Minzu University of China
Founding Director, Institute of Comparative Scripture and Interreligious Dialogue
Founding Chief Editor, Journal of Comparative Scripture

Discussant: Prof Dr. Andreas Heuser

Dean, Faculty of Theology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Zoom link Topic: February 25, 2022 (Friday)
06:30 pm HK/Beijing;
10.30 am London;
11.30 am Zurich.

Join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84243916484?pwd=LzVRdWlFZmgzQmNFYTNsWDRzdlA0UT09

Meeting ID: 842 4391 6484

Passcode: 554854

Webinar 2022.Janurary

Bridges between the Secular and the Religious
– Philosophical, theological and Social Perspectives

Content of Talk: 

The European Union is a value-based community. However, European societies are undergoing processes of transformations, which in turn affect the justification of their common foundation of values (Felix GEYER). Against the background of these philosophically and ethically significant developments, it will be discussed what churches and theology can contribute to build bridges between secular and religious realities. (Ulrich ENGEL). For this purpose, the Pastoral Constitution of the Second Vatican Council is being referred to in a systematic-theological perspective. From a socio-political perspective, the topic will be illustrated by the example of migrant workers in Europe (Thomas EGGENSPERGER).


Institut M.-Dominique Chenu Berlin (IMDC)
Philosophical Perspective: “Europe’s Values in Transition” – Felix GEYER ISch, Dipl Theol;
Theological Perspective: “Church and World in Dialogue (Gaudium et spes)” – Prof Dr Ulrich ENGEL OP;
Social Perspective: “Problems of Migrant Worker in European Union” – Prof Dr Thomas EGGENSPERGER OP.

Respondent: Fr Dominic White

(Associate Director of Chung Chi Divinity School, Chinese University of HK, Head of Graduate Division of Theology and President of Asia Academy of Practical Theology) Zoom link of MBIT/Yuan Dao Webinar:

Zoom linkTopic: Yuan Dao & MBIT webinar – Dr Sue Price’s talk
Time: January 17, 2022 (Mon), 6pm – 8pm HK (10am-12pm UK)

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Meeting ID: 869 5709 5881

Passcode: 41635

Webinar 2021. November

Hearing the Silent Speak: An exploration into the Silent Spirituality of Severely Disabled Children

Speaker: Dr Sue Price

Bio: Co-Principal and Pastoral Outreach Coordinator Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology. A seasoned Children’s Occupational Therapist, Chaplain in children’s hospice. Steering group member for National Institute of Health Research, Health Services & Delivery Research Project. Research interests include investigating the effect of COVID on children’s faith development.

Content: My PhD investigated what I identified as the silent spirituality of severely disabled children. In this talk I will discuss how spirituality within the UK system is understood and the issues this raised for me in trying to hear the spiritual voices of very severely disabled children who did not use verbal language. I will discuss the findings of my research and the potential impact they could have on practice within the UK Healthcare settings. It will be interesting to discuss the differences between Hong Kong and UK understandings of spirituality after my talk.Date:  Thursday, 28 October, 2021

Respondent: Prof Simon Kwan

(Associate Director of Chung Chi Divinity School, Chinese University of HK, Head of Graduate Division of Theology and President of Asia Academy of Practical Theology) Zoom link of MBIT/Yuan Dao Webinar:

Zoom linkTopic: Yuan Dao & MBIT webinar – Dr Sue Price’s talk
Time: Nov 15, 2021 (05:00 PM HK time / 09:00AM UK time)

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Meeting ID: 814 1388 1373

Passcode: 411243

Webinar 2021.October

Enhanced Self Learning: Lonergan and Me – The 4 Levels and Beyond 

Speaker:  Mr. Denis Chang Khen Lee, QC, SC (張健利资深大律師)

Respondent:  Professor Edmund Kwok (郭少棠教授)

Description of webinar

Theme of the talk: “Taking an exciting personal journey of discovery through Lonergan’s dynamic four level structure of knowing and acting – and beyond, the talk introduces how Enhanced Self Learning (without the hyphen) is a critical realist tool facilitating learning by the self of itself as both subject and object, requiring insight into insight, heightened awareness of awareness and personal appropriation of one’s own rational self-consciousness so as to know the truth about ourselves in ourselves, integrating learning and acting with the whole of our being – in a wounded but still wonderful world that is mediated by meaning and capable of being transvalued, healed and renewed by faith, hope and love.”

Speaker information: 

Denis is a renowned Senior Counsel, a Past Chairman of the HK Bar Association and Head of Denis Chang’s Chambers comprising some 54 barristers. He was on the Consultative Committee of the Basic Law and served on Chris Patten’s Executive Council in the run-up to 1997.  He has written and spoken on the jurisprudence of “One Country, Two Systems”, the Rule of Law, “Human Rights and the Relational Self”, Lonergan and Critical Realism, Natural Law etc. He is Council Chairman of Caritas Institute of Higher Education, the future St Francis University. For more detailed CV and list of works, see http://dcc.law

Date:  Thursday, 28 October, 2021 

Time:  5.30 pm – 7. 30 pm (HONG KONG)

[10.30 am – 12.30 pm (UK)]  

Venue:  Those in Hong Kong are cordially invited to attend personally at Caritas Institute of Higher Education, No.2 Tsui Ling Lane, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories. Covid-19 restrictions apply. 

Zoom Venue cum Lecture Theatre at Room A102, Ground Floor

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會議 ID:892 6866 1623

Webinar 2021.April

Decolonizing Interfaith Spiritual Care for a Non-Christian World

Speaker: Prof Simon Shui-Man Kwan

Respondent: Prof Edmund Kwok & Dr Christine Lai

Description of webinar:

Outline of many models of Interfaith Spiritual Care (ISC) offered by Christians focus on “common action for the common good,” attempting to minimize the adversary pastoral effect likely engendered by differences and otherness. It is true that “common ground” could help initiate ISC conversations. Yet, as Teresa Crist says, such an approach often results in a “creeping imperialism” which practically runs against the ultimate aims of interfaith interaction. Hence, ISC needs to be decolonized before it could serve the caring purpose. This presentation will pull together the findings from several empirical research studies done in Hong Kong, where Christianity is a minority religion, to suggest some directions for the decolonizing endeavor.


Prof Kwan is the Professor in the Dept. of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of HK and Associate Director of Divinity School of Chung Chi College. He is also President and Chair of the Asia Academy of Practical Theology (HK). His research interests in practical theology especially focus on the Cultural/Socio-Political Dimension of Practical Theology, and the cross-culturality of Christian Counseling. He is the author of Postcolonial Resistance and Asian Theology (NY: Routledge, 2014), and Negotiating a Presence-Centred Christian Counselling: Towards a Theologically Informed and Culturally Sensitive Approach (Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2016). He is also editor of journal QUEST—Studies on Religion and Culture in Asia.

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Time: Apr 8, 2021 05:30 PM HK / 9:30AM UK

Meeting ID: 827 0126 6347

Passcode: 804823

Webinar 2021.Mar

 Yuan Dao and MBIT Webinar Series “Living out the traditions in contemporary world”

Zipoli and Ricci – China, Argentina and the Jesuit Baroque

by Rev Dr Ian Coleman



The composer Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726) abandoned a dazzling career as a church musician in order to become a Jesuit missionary in Argentina. Although not as well-known and well-documented as Matteo Ricci, Zipoli’s life and legacy forms an intriguing parallel with the earlier missionary. In their approaches to the indigenous cultures they encountered, both can be seen as exemplars of the ‘Jesuit Baroque’.


Rev Dr Ian Coleman is a Deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, and Director of Music at the Church of Holy Redeemer, Chelsea, London. He studied Music and English Literature at Cambridge University and Philosophy at the Jesuit faculty of the Centre Sèvres, Paris.

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Topic: Yuan Dao/MBIT webinar: Zipoli and Ricci – China, Argentina & Jesuit Baroque
Time: Mar 17, 2021 05:00 PM Hong Kong SAR

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Meeting ID: 896 3117 4147
Passcode: 845561

Webinar 2021.Jan

Heaven, Earth, Man in Harmony: Chinese Art Appreciation and Christian Spirituality.

Speaker: Rev Joseph Tham

Rev Joseph Tham teaches in Rome’s School of Bioethics at Pontifical Regina Apostolorum.

He has been involved in Chinese painting since the age of 12 and has practiced calligraphy and seal carving.

Talk will reflect Chinese art, Christian faith and Spiritual manifestation.


Dr. Edmund Kwok, Dr Christine Lai, Rev. Peter Choy

Shared screen with speaker view

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 (Password: K@nsm65^)

Webinar 2020.Oct

Yuan Dao and MBIT Webinar Series “Living out the traditions in contemporary world”

Topic: “Pope Francis’s new encyclical “Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship:
Meanings & Implications to Hong Kong and its Catholic Diocese”.

One of our major initiatives is a series of talks under the theme: “Reliving the traditions in contemporary
world: interreligious and intercultural dialogue”.  We are honoured to invite you to to join our first
Webinar (by Zoom) scheduled on October 27, 2020 (Tuesday) from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

Facilitator: Fr Peter Choy 
3 Speakers: 
Dr. Peter K.H. Cheung (Social Psychologist)
Prof. Stephen M.H. Sze (Analytical Philosopher)
Prof. Edmund S.T. Kwok (Intellectual & Intercultural Historian)

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主題:MBIT Yuan Dao Webinar 2020 10 27
時間:2020年10月27日 04:30 下午

會議 ID:871 3253 7572
(No password required)


Book Launch (6 JULY, 2019)


日期: 2019年7月6日


主持: 雷月明修女 (寶血女修會)

分享者 (依次序):
蔡惠民神父 (原道交流學會)
朱益宜教授 (香港浸會大學歷史系)



主辦單位:香港原道交流學會 • 香港浸會大學歷史系 • 古道行

2019 5-6月講座

主題:2019 利瑪竇音樂劇觀後工作坊:與恩保德神父對話 (19,26/5 &9,16/6 2019)



主辦單位:香港原道交流學會  •  利瑪竇研究中心 •  聖神研究中心

2016 第六屆學術會議

2016 The Sixth Academic Conference in Hong Kong (22-23 November, 2016)

主題:基督教在當代中國的社會作用及其影響 研討會 – 當代世界秩序與宗教關係



主辦單位:中國人民大學基督文化研究所 • 信德文化研究所 • 香港原道交流學會

2015 第五屆學術會議

2015 The Fifth Academic Conference in Hong Kong (17-18 November, 2015)

“The Integration of the Catholic Church in China with the Society – the Fifth Conference on the Role & Influence of Christianity in Contemporary Chinese Society”
主題:基督教在當代中國社會的作用及其影響 研討會 – 中國天主教與社會的融合



主辦單位:中國人民大學基督文化研究所 • 信德文化研究所 • 香港原道交流學會

2014 第四屆學術會議

2014 The Fourth Academic Conference in Hebei  (6-8 November, 2014)

“Religious Research and Education in Societal Change in China – the Fourth Conference on the Role and Impact of Christianity on Modern Chinese Society”
主題:基督教在當代中國社會的作用及其影響 研討會 – 社會變遷中的宗教研究與宗教教育



主辦單位:中國人民大學基督文化研究所 • 信德文化研究所 • 香港原道交流學會

2013 國際研討會

2013 The International Symposium in Hong Kong (6-8 November, 2013)

主題:天主教與中國 – 對話本地化與責任 國際研討會

時間:2013年 11月6-8日


主辦單位:意大利利瑪竇研究中心 • 德國華裔學誌研究所 • 德國中國中心 • 香港原道交流學會

2013 第三屆學術會議

2013 The Third Academic Conference in Hong Kong (10-11 July, 2013)

主題:和諧共融 – 基督宗教在當代中國社會的作用 研討會



主辦單位:中國人民大學基督文化研究所 • 香港原道交流學會

2012 第二屆學術會議

2012 The Second Academic Conference in Macau (5-8 June, 2012)

“Transformation & Adaptation : The Social Role of the Catholic Church in China”
主題:轉變與適應 – 天主教會在中國的社會角色 研討會



主辦單位:中國人民大學基督文化研究所 • 澳門聖若瑟大學 • 香港原道交流學會

2011 第一屆學術會議

2011 The First Academic Conference in Beijing (19-20 April, 2011)

主題: 首屆 中國宗教形勢及問題分析 研討會



主辦單位:中國人民大學基督文化研究所 • 香港原道交流學會