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Fall 2019: Reconciliation

These tension-filled times in Hong Kong have given rise to family and interpersonal conflicts. FGE is engaging in a new way to offer dialogue and practice of reconciliation, for healing.  

In September, Dr. Harry Hui (ret. HKU Psychology) gave the first of two lectures (offered in English and Cantonese) titled Justice vs Reconciliation: Interpersonal Conflicts in Troubling Times. 500+ attended these lectures, addressing the serious matter of fractured relationships.  

We followed up, offering a small group conversation hour for those who wanted to learn the practice of reconciliation based on Dr. Hui's lecture.  We are pleased to learn that others have used Dr. Hui's lecture video to conduct reconciliation conversations (Click here for the video).

Life Worth Living //

The undergraduate Life Worth Living common core course was offered for the third year. Once again, the class was fully subscribed with more than 100 students. A wide range of questions on hard topics were raised:

  • If God is so loving and compassionate, why does He let us go through so much suffering in the first place? Why does He let our life be a living hell?
  • Christians search/provide 'an explanation of the world', but how to know their explanation is 'the' (sole, only) explanation of the world?

Faith and Science Collaborative Research Forum (FaSCoRe) //

Last year, the Faith and Science Collaborative Research Forum co-organised a series of half-day workshops looking at The Future of Business in a Technological Age. These brought together a diverse group of people with backgrounds in science, engineering, theology, philosophy, economics, environmentalism, business, and education to discuss Christian perspectives on business technology. This summer we have started FaSCoRe Phase II, with a second three-year grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Key themes of the coming year will be technology in education and virtue in science.

Coming up: Spring 2020 //

The McDonald Faith and Global Engagement Distinguished Lecture Series will highlight three world-class speakers to engage important and varied issues of the day

Prof. Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College) is the author of Mathematics for Human Flourishing. He is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and the past president of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2013, he received the Haimo Award, a nationwide teaching prize for college math faculty, and in 2018 he won the Halmos-Ford writing award for the highly-acclaimed speech on which his book Mathematics for Human Flourishing is based. His work has been featured in Quanta Magazine, Wired, and the New York Times.

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, infrared, and optical telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope. She directs the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a senior astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. She received her B.S. in physics from MIT, discovering comet Wiseman- Skiff in 1987, and earned her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard in 1995. Dr. Wiseman is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in Science. She frequently gives public talks on the excitement of scientific discovery. 

Prof. Miroslav Volf is the Founder and Director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace (winner of Grawemeyer Award in Religion); After Our Likeness; Allah: A Christian Response; and A Public Faith: On How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good. Volf is actively involved in many top-level initiatives concerning Christian-Muslim relations and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.

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