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Professor Simon Shui-Man KWAN


Doing Practical Theology with Asian Resources

Simon Shui-Man KWAN is one of the founders of the Asia Academy of Practical Theology (Hong Kong) and its current president. He is professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and associate director of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College CUHK, as well as head of Graduate Division of Theology CUHK. He has authored over 80 articles and book chapters, and authored, co-authored, and edited 7 books. His recent works include Postcolonial Resistance and Asian Theology (Routledge 2014), Negotiating a Presence-Centred Christian Counselling: Towards a Theologically Informed and Culturally Sensitive Approach (CSP 2016), Asian Spiritualities and Social Transformation (Springer, Forthcoming).


Most recently, he wrote a number of papers that are pertinent to the subject he will present at the conference: “Negotiating the Meaning of Spirituality in Holistic Health Care from a Chinese Perspective.” Practical Theology 11, no. 1 (January 2018); “Practical Theologies in Chinese Speaking Societies—A Cross-Cultural Consideration.” International Journal of Practical Theology 24, no. 2 (2020); “Decolonizing ‘Protestant’ Death Rituals for the Chinese Bereaved: Negotiating a Resistance that is Contextually Relevant.” International Journal of Practical Theology 25, no. 2 (2021); and, “Is Hospitality Enough for Interfaith Spiritual Care by Christians?” Practical Theology 15, no. 3 (2022).

An Asian and local leader in contextual theologies and practical theologies, Professor KWAN is former programme coordinator and chair of the Programme For Theology and Cultures in Asia, former co-dean of the Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies, local preacher of the Methodist Church, registered social worker, counselor in private practice. With a dissertation in the area of Asia Theologies, he earned his Ph.D. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1999.

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