The socio-political atmosphere in Hong Kong has experienced drastic changes since 2019 – the civil society falling apart, with an intensifying disagreement held by different sides. All of these have exacerbated the threats that underlie society. Considering the situation of Hong Kong, CEDAR Fund and the Centre for Sino-Christian Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University have jointly implemented the “Cultivating Peace” project since May 2020. This project aims to promote the idea of peacebuilding in society for reconciliation and transformation. Through a series of workshops, activities and short courses, this project creates momentum for various stakeholders, including secondary school students, university students, church leaders and the wider Christian population, in healing the inner trauma and resolving divergence on the interpersonal and social level.
In celebrating the 30th anniversary of CEDAR, we are going to hold the “Peacebuilding: A Way Out for Societies in Conflict” Symposium, which will gather various local and overseas peacebuilders in one place to share their thoughts and experiences on making social impacts, and most importantly, make a collective effort in ways that could help build peace in Hong Kong.
Theme: Peacebuilding: A Way Out for Societies in Conflict
Co-host: Hong Kong Baptist University’s Centre for Sino-Christian Studies, CEDAR Fund
Date and Time: November 6, 2021 (Saturday), 9:15 am to 4:45 pm
Venue: Hong Kong Baptist University
Languages: English and Cantonese
Registration Fee: HK $100
Morning session (English speaking, live translation in Cantonese)
Keynote Topic: Peacebuilding: A Way Out for Societies in Conflict
Keynote Speaker: Prof. John Paul Lederach (Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame) 
- Dr. Chi-Kei Martin Chung (Assistant Professor of the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University)
- Dr. Wai-Luen Kwok (Associate Professor of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University)
- Dr. Hon-Ho Alex Ip (Assistant Professor of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Moderator: Dr. Nim-Chung Chan (Chairman of the Board of CEDAR Fund)
Afternoon session (Mainly in Cantonese)
The afternoon session features various workshops and a concluding panel discussion. As each workshop has a limited quota, attendees who wish to participate will have to select in order on the registration form.
First round of workshop (1 pm – 2 pm)
- Man-Kit Joseph Cho: Trauma Transformation Workshop I
- Ni Sat, CEDAR’s Myanmar partner: Building Peace in Turbulent Regions (sharing via online video call)
- Pastor Ka-Fai Cheng, Dr. Hon-Ho Alex Ip: Pastoral Ministry and Peacebuilding
- Ramy Taleb, CEDAR’s Lebanon partner: Interfaith Dialogue and Reconciliation (sharing via video call)
- The Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Catholic Diocese: Walking in a Wounded World workshop I
(For those who sign up to the Trauma Transformation Workshop I or Walking in a Wounded World Workshop I, you must also select and attend the second half of the corresponding workshop [i.e. Trauma Transformation Workshop II or Walking in a Wounded World Workshop II)
Second round of workshop (2:15 pm – 3:15 pm)
- Man-Kit Joseph Cho: Trauma Transformation workshop II
- Christophe Mbonyingabo, CEDAR’s Rwanda partner: Journey of reconciliation in post-genocide context (sharing via video call)
- Students from Hong Kong Baptist University’s Action Ark 20: Our Experience on Cultivating Peace
- The Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Catholic Diocese: Walking in a Wounded World workshop II
(For those who sign up to the Trauma Transformation Workshop II or Walking in a Wounded World Workshop II, you must also select and attend the first half of the corresponding workshop [i.e. Trauma Transformation Workshop I or Walking in a Wounded World Workshop I)
If you have inquiries, please get in touch with the Hong Kong Baptist University’s Centre for Sino-Christian Studies.
Telephone: 3411 5370
 John Paul Lederach is Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the University of Dame. Widely known for his pioneering work in conflict transformation, Lederach is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal, plus countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programmes in 25 countries across five continents. Some of his books on peace and reconciliation include When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation (University of Queensland Press, 2010), The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Journey Toward Reconciliation (Herald Press, 1999), Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (United States Institute of Peace Press, 1997), and Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (Syracuse University Press, 1995).