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Macau Ricci Institute Online Public Forum: Sustainability through Integral and Spiritual Leadership

 
 
Forum
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Date:

  • Wednesday 8 June 2022

Video Record:

Cooperation Partner:

  • University of Saint Joseph

Registration:

Time:

  • 18:30 to 20:00

Cost:

  • Free

Languages:

  • English
 

Speaker

Forum

Dr. Christine Lai

Dr. Christine Lai is a practical theologian integrating organizational experience, theology and spirituality. She is currently the Spiritual Advisor and Integral Care and Wellness Consultant for Hong Kong Caritas Social Services and Researcher of the Hong Kong Bioethics Resource Centre. Her Professional Doctorate of Practical Theology investigated Midlife transformation of Christian professionals in Hong Kong. She has been continuing her research exploring Spirituality of Ageing and Integral Human Development through an intercultural approach. With her rich leadership experience as Asia Human Resources Director over thirty years in financial and education sectors and academic background, Dr. Lai has pioneered a holistic concept integrating spirituality at work and advocating Integral and Spiritual leadership for business organizations.

 

 

Introduction

We are living in a turbulent world with a lot of external noises and pressure affecting our whole well-being. How can we connect all things with our authentic self so as to understand, see and act for every day’s decisions and common good? How can a leader help developing the people into an integral being with care so as to sustain the vision?

The Deignan Award for Responsible Entrepreneurship inspires us to reflect on the desired qualities of a sustainable leader and organization. Hong Kong and Macau offer a unique intercultural and interfaith context in which Christian faith interacts with Chinese wisdom tradition revealing how sustainable leadership is being lived out. Through the intercultural lens of the Chinese cultural tradition, the understanding of its interpretation of Integral Human Development through “Yuanrong” “圓融”, meaning “integral”, may provide us a new approach to reveal integral leadership with spiritual care for a sustainable world. We are responsible to “restore the various levels of ecological equilibrium, establishing harmony within ourselves, with others, with nature and other living creatures, and with God” (Laudato Sì, No. 210).

Social transformation and sustainability cannot be achieved without the participation of leadership empowered by spirituality, knowledge and wisdom. However, leadership is more than knowledge, technique and skill: the spiritual dimension is foundational for the values of individual leaders. Hence, one fundamental issue closely related to social transformation is the development of Integral leadership and Spiritual care.