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2-3 JUNE 2023 (HKT)










2 JUNE | 9:15 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.     

3 JUNE | 9:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.




Doing Practical Theology with Asian Resources:Retrospect and Prospect

The Asian theological movement has been active for nearly six decades. There are numerous organizations promoting Asian theology, such as the Christian Conference of Asia, the Association for Theological Education in Southeast Asia, the Programme for Theology and Culture in Asia, and the Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology. Minjung theology, Homeland theology, Water Buffalo theology, Dalit theology, Tribal theology, Third-Eye theology, and a variety of Asian feminist and postcolonial theologies are now widely accepted around the world. Nonetheless, theological movement in the name of Practical Theology remains largely unestablished in many Asian countries. The West, on the other hand, has already seen decades of thriving practical theology movements.

However, there have been a number of significant changes in the recent past. Cross-cultural practical theology is given a lot of emphasis in international academia, just as practical theology is being developed in the majority world. Accelerating these changes is the main objective of this conference, which has as its theme "Doing Practical Theology with Asian Resources."

The practical and contextual aspect of practical theology is inherent to its essence. Without addressing the praxis context in which the Christian faith is lived, no practical theology can be constructed. Asian practical theology is done in Asia.  However, what is Asia? In his edited volume titled Christianities in Asia, Peter Phan notes that the diversity in Asia—geographic, linguistic, ethnic, economic, political, cultural, religious, and even ecclesial—is mind-boggling, and it is impossible to comprehend Asia without addressing these differences. Asia, as a highly diversified region, is endowed with an abundance of cultures and religions. Asia can be both singular and plural. The purpose of our conference is thus to bring together practical theologians from various Asian cultures to discuss how they theologize practically using local resources and experiences, as well as what concerns them practically-theologically in their respective situations.

In this conference, the term "Practical" refers to a broad variety of Christian practices that transform human life, both within and without the church. More precisely, it may refer to sociopolitical liberative practices, social ministries, theological/religious education, pastoral/spiritual care and counseling, preaching/homiletics, liturgics, Christian aesthetics, interfaith practices, evangelism, mission, etc.

The term "Resources" is used broadly in this conference and includes, but is not limited to, Asian religious traditions and practices, Asian cultural worldviews and epistemologies, people's stories, Asian festivals, and Asian customs. It also refers to historical experiences, such as those associated with colonialism, Asian people's movements, Asian women, and Asian diasporic/hyphenated experiences.

To summarize, the primary objective of this conference is to bring together theologians who have a strong interest in Asian practical theology, to create opportunities for networking between these theologians in order to facilitate the establishment of practical theology academies at national and regional levels, and to investigate ways to incorporate Asian wisdom and traditions into Christian practice and theology in order to make a contribution to the worldwide movement of practical theology.


Keynote 1
Practical Theology as an International Theological Movement—Past, Present, and Future

Professor Bonnie MILLER-MCLEMORE

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2 JUNE 2023
9:30 - 10:30

​(Hong Kong Time)
Keynote 2
Doing Practical Theology with Asian Resources

Professor Simon Shui-Man KWAN

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2 JUNE 2023
10:40 - 11:40
​(Hong Kong Time)


Rethinking Liberation through a Micro-Political Theology for Asians

Rev. Yin-An CHEN

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2 JUNE 2023
3:15 - 3:45

(Hong Kong Time)
Practical Theology and Christian Education in the Thai Context

Dr. Chananporn Oan JAISAODEE

3 JUNE 2023
11:00 - 11

(Hong Kong Time)
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Friday, 2 June 2023, 9:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Hong Kong Time

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Opening and Welcoming Speech
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
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Professor Bonnie MILLER-MCLEMORE

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor Emerita of Religion, Psychology, and Culture, the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion of Vanderbilt University

Former President of the International Academy of Practical Theology

Former President of the Association of Practical Theology

10:40 - 11:40 a.m.

Professor Simon Shui-Man KWAN

Professor, Divinity School of Chung Chi College,

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

President, Asia Academy of Practical Theology (Hong Kong)

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1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
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Dr. Jui-Chi HU

Assistant Professor

Taiwan Graduate School of Theology

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Dr. Wai-Luen KWOK    

Head and Associate Professor

Hong Kong Baptist University

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*Dr. Martin C.K. CHUNG

Assistant Professor

Hong Kong Baptist University

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*Dr. King-Lai WONG


Hong Kong Baptist University

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*Mr. Shun-Shing WONG

Minister in Charge

C&MA Grace & Joy Church

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Mr. Ka-Chun LAI

MA in Peace & Conflict Studies

University of Kent & the Philipps-Universität Marburg

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Mr. Chun-Lam KONG

Project Assistant

Hong Kong Baptist University

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Mr. Tim-Lung PAU


Rachel Club, St. James’ Settlement

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Dr. Veggy CHOI

Senior Co-Ordinator of Student and Alumni Ministry

Hong Kong Baptist University

* Presenter
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Rev. Yin-An CHEN

Lecturer in Theology and Anglicanism,

Trinity School for Christian Mission in the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan

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4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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Saturday, 3 June 2023, 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
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Rev. John Paul ARCENO

Digital Theologian and Missionary

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Ms. Leslie CHAN

Professional Doctoral Candidate in Practical Theology

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Theological Federation

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
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Dr. Chananporn Oan JAISAODEE

Assistant to the Dean, Academic Affairs,

McGilvary College of Divinity (MCD), Payap University


Faculty Member, McGilvary College of Divinity (MCD), Payap University

11:45 a.m. -
1:15 p.m.
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Dr. Bendanglemla LONGKUMER

Senior Lecturer in Christian Theology and Ethics

Pacific Theological College, Suva, Fiji

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Dr. Edmond EH

Head of the Department of Philosophy

University of Saint Joseph, Macau

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Ms. Susan Wing-Shan IP
Professional Doctoral Candidate in Practical Theology

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Theological Federation

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Mr. Jonathan James O. CAÑETE

PhD Candidate in Applied Theology with Specialization in Religious Education

De La Salle University and the Ateneo de Manila University


Chair:          Prof. Simon Shui-Man KWAN

Co-Chair:    Ms. Susan Wing-Shan IP

Secretary:    Ms. Marvis CHAN

Members:    Mr. Joseph Kwok-Fong CHAN

    Ms. Leslie CHAN

    Prof. Natalie CHAN

    Dr. Clara C. K. KAN

    Dr. Chi-Hing KEE (M.H., J.P.)

    Dr. Wai-Luen KWOK

    Dr. Christine Tin-Chi LAI

    Dr. Anna Po-Chu LAU

    Ms. Suk-Yi PANG

    Dr. Sarah SHEA

    Mr. Oscar Xiangyu XIAO

    Dr. Elaine YIP

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