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Religious leaders congregate at HKBU Symposium to discuss social responsibility

08 Apr 2015

Religious leaders exchange views on social responsibility
Religious leaders exchange views on social responsibility

Five prominent local religious leaders representing different faiths, namely Catholicism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Islam and Taoism, presented insightful views on social responsibility at “The Meaning of Social Responsibility in a Free Society” public symposium on 27 March 2015, jointly organised by the Department of Religion and Philosophy and the Centre for Sino-Christian Studies of HKBU, the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Regina Apostolorum University and European University of Rome. Sponsored by Wofoo Social Enterprises, the event attracted an audience of more than 350 attendees, including members of different religious communities, as well as tertiary and secondary students. 

The event was officiated by Professor Douglas Robinson, Dean of Arts, Father Joseph Tham, Dean of Bioethics of the Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum in Rome and Fellow of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, and Dr Joseph Lee, Chairman of Wofoo Social Enterprises. 

The speakers of the symposium were Most Rev Joseph Ha, Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, Ven Sik Hin-hung, Director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies of the University of Hong Kong, Rev Daniel Ng, Senior Pastor of EFCC-Kong Fok Church, Imam Uthman Yang, Imam of Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre of the Islamic Union of Hong Kong, and Master Leung Tak-wah, Chairman of the Hong Kong Taoist Association and Vice-Chairman of Fung Ying Seen Koon. They shared  faith-based views and sought mutual understanding, especially on the positive action that religious organisations should take in response to a variety of complex social and political issues facing Hong Kong. 

The Public Symposium is the last episode of the Month of World Religions 2015 organised by the Department. During the month, four large-scale seminars on topics as diverse as gender and social responsibility which presented the views of different religions were organised.