Dr Christine Lai

Research Associate

Dr. Christine LAI, DProf, is a scholar-in-practice and practical theologian integrating theology, business experience and spirituality. She is concurrently a Research Associate at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology (MBIT), Researcher at HK Bioethics Resource Centre, Guest Professor at Hong Kong Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology, Co-supervisor of DProf student at Anglia Ruskin University, Spiritual advisor and Integral care and wellness consultant at Caritas HK and founder of Management of Heart & Associates Consultancy. Her first Doctorate of Business Administration was studying “Social Capital, Interpersonal and Organizational Trust” and her second Professional Doctorate of Practical Theology was deriving from her personal context investigating “Midlife transformation of Christian professionals in HK, evolving a spiritual practice model.” She is continuing her research from midlife to ageing and now exploring “Spirituality of Ageing and Integral Human Development: an intercultural approach.”

Through her research adopting the Papal teaching of the concept of Integral Human Development, Dr. Lai has involved as the Academic & Program committee chair organizing 2022 Bioethics Conference on “Spiritual care for ageing well and dying well: a Catholic response.” She is also developing a Spiritual and Integral care and wellness culture and program for social workers, caregivers, third age group and elderly in Hong Kong.

With her rich business and leadership experience as Asia Human Resources Director over thirty years in financial and education sectors, she has pioneered a holistic concept integrating spirituality and mindfulness in advocating wellness and diversity for midlife to ageing journey and established “Halftime Ministry” for midlife Christian professionals. Over the years, she has designed “Life planning, stillness and everyday spirituality” for executives and students, “Journey of Spirituality: soul, mind and heart” workshop at churches and presented papers at international conference on “An Intercultural Interpretation of Integral Human Development and Chinese Wisdom Traditions: Implications to End-of-Life Care” and “From Despair to Hope at End-of-Life: A Model of Midlife Spiritual Transformation to End-of-Life Spiritual Care.” Dr Lai is also the Vice President of HK Yuan Dao study society promoting intercultural dialogue and founding member and Vice-Chairman (International) of Asia Academy of Practical Theology.

Current Projects

  • Academic & Program Committee chair for 2022 Bioethics Resource Center Conference with title “Spiritual care for ageing well and dying well: a Catholic response” based on current research and papal teaching on Integral Human Development, a multi-disciplinary approach with reflection and analysis of focus group and survey, March 2022
  • Presentation paper on “Daoism and Integral human development” will be presented at 8thUNESCO Workshop on Bioethics, Multiculturalism and Religion on “Religious Perspectives on Bioethics: Protecting the environment, the biosphere and biodiversity,” Feb, 2022
  • Workshop on “Living well, Ageing well and Finishing well: Concept and Practice of Spirituality” at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in May, 2022
  • Adopting Integral Human Development to develop an Integral care and wellness culture and Spirituality for social workers, caregivers, third age group and elderly provided by Caritas HK (2021 – 2023)

 Presentation at International and Asia Conferences

  • “An Intercultural Interpretation of Integral Human Development and Chinese Wisdom Traditions: Implications to End-of-Life Care” and “From Despair to Hope at End-of-Life: A Model of Midlife Spiritual Transformation to End-of-Life Spiritual Care” at Jockey Club End-of-life Community Care International Conference on Community End-of-Life Care: Sustainable Development and New Frontier, June, 2021
  • “Spiritual Practice Model: Transformation of midlife Christian professionals in Hong Kong” at International Conference on “Spiritual Leadership and Social Transformation” organized by Religion & Culture Dept. of Chinese University of HK and Academy of Asia Practical Theology, May 2021
  • “Spirituality of Ageing and Human Flourishing” at Macau Ricci Institute Symposium on “Towards a New Paradigm of Economics,” Oct 2020
  • Spirituality of Integral Human Development for Ageing: an intercultural dimension” at Oxford McDonald Center of Theology, Ethics and Public Life – Ageing Conference on “Ageing, Suffering and Despair – towards health and care,” Sept 2020
  • Midlife Transformation of Christian Professionals in Hong Kong: evolving a model of Spiritual Practice” at 25th British Irish Association of Practical Theology Conference, July 2019
  • Interpersonal citizenship behaviors of employees in Greater China:  A social capital perspective” at the Academy of International Business Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2004

Publications

  • “Towards a Model of Spiritual Practice for the Spiritual Transformation of Midlife Christian professionals in Hong Kong” in Theology Annual Journal 41 (2021), Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy, p.91
  • “Spirituality of Ageing for Human Flourishing: Towards a New Paradigm of Economics” in Macau Ricci Institute Journal, MRIJ 7 (2021) (after Assisi Conference on “The Economy of Francesco”), p.74
  • Book of “Challenges and Reflections of Covid” , Bioethics Resource Center of Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy, Ming Pao Publishing Co. Ltd. 2020
  • “Building and Leveraging Interpersonal Trust Within and Across MNE Subsidiaries: A Social Exchange Perspective,” by Christine Lai, Barjinder Singh, Abdullah A. Alshwer, Margaret A. Shaffer, in Journal of International Management, 20 ( 2014), pp. 312-326

Reviewer for Academic Journal

  • Reviewer on papers for International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN), Apr-June 2021:
  • “Spiritual/religious coping strategies and religiosity of cancer patients in palliative care”
  • “Quality of death of terminally ill patients as perceived by nurses and its related factors”
  • “Exploration of delirium assessment and management in a hospice inpatient unit: a mixed methods study”
  • Reviewer on paper “The Economy of Goodness” for Matteo Ricci Institute Journal (MRIJ) April 2021

 

Intercultural & Inter-religious Dialogue

Co-organizer for MBIT and HK Yuan Dao Study Society collaboration for a series of webinars since 2020 under the theme of “Living out traditions in contemporary world: an intercultural and interreligious approach.” Organized webinars from Oct 2020 – May 2021 included:

  • First international webinar on “In search of Meaning and Fulfillment through Interreligious Dialogue and Interculturation: Vatican Council II, Pope Francis and Beyond
  • “Pope Francis’s Fratelli Tutti: Meaning and Implications to HK and Catholic Diocese”
  • “Heaven, Earth, Humankind in Harmony: Chinese Art and Christian Spirituality”
  • “Zipoli & Ricci – China, Argentina and Jesuit Baroque”
  • “Decolonising Interfaith Spiritual Care for Non-Christian world”
  • “Church politics: Dialogue, Fraternity and Unity – a Catholic lawyer’s reflection”