Beginning in November 2008, APLM has offered an annual colloquium at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA with a featured speaker, a formal response and a question and answer period for the audience. To be alerted about the next Colloquium at CDSP, join APLM (there is a listserv for members) or follow our Facebook page.

This year’s colloquium, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 7:45 pm Pacific time, will feature Dr. Lim Swee Hong, the Deer Park Associate Professor of Sacred Music and the Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada. There is no registration required for this event.

Links for viewing or listening to some of the previous presentations may be found below.

2017: The Open Table of the World with the Rev. Dr. Ruth Duck

This colloquium explores the connection between the Eucharist, meal rituals and “table manners” both in scripture stories and everyday life. This leads to the relationship between Eucharist and Christian ministries of hospitality, justice, and compassion in our church and in our world. This event also includes hymns with texts by Ruth Duck.


2016: Art, Architecture, and Worship: Fixing Our Gaze on Diversity

The 9th annual APLM Colloquium at Church Divinity School of the Pacific took place on November 3, 2016. The keynote speaker was Eduardo Fernandez, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology in the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

Fr. Fernandez addressed the Colloquium on  He noted that we need to revisit the riches of our Christian liturgical heritage during the present culture wars which threaten to divide the Body of Christ. In such an age, proclaiming the incarnational character of liturgy, sacraments, and the spiritual life can fix our gaze once again on God’s rich diversity and the ways it is revealed to us by artists, poets, and saints.

As Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Fr. Fernández teaches courses in Church, Mission and Cultures; Hispanic Theology Seminar; Hispanic Religious Expressions; and Mestizo Spirituality and Art. He specializes in Latino theology, Mexican and Southwestern history, social justice and inculturation and the celebration of the sacraments in multicultural contexts.

Respondents to his paper were:
Rositza Schroeder, Associate Professor of Art and Religion, Pacific School of Religion; and The Rev. Stephen Shaver, Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union

2015: Treasures Old and New: Shared Vision for Worship from Tradition, Purposeful Innovation, and a Congregation’s Own Culture and History

The 8th annual APLM Colloquium took place at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, CA, November 19, 2015. 

Rev’d Donald Schell, past president of APLM and co-founder of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco, delivered the keynote address. The Rev. Jane McDougle, vicar of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, San Francisco, responded to the presentation.

St. Gregory’s is known and studied for its innovative approaches to tradition, highly participatory liturgy, rich musical and movement practices, and expression of the dynamic relationship between liturgy and mission.

2014: Audible Grace: Sacramental Dimensions of Congregational Song 

Carl Daw, adjunct professor of hymnology at Boston University School of Theology, was the featured speaker at the 7th annual APLM Colloquium, November 13, 2014, at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, CA.

Dr. Daw spoke on  Dr. George Emblom, assistant professor of church music and director of chapel music, gave the response and members of the audience enjoyed a period of questions and responses.

2013:  An Agenda for Prayer Book Revision

The Rev’d Dr. David Holeton, professor of liturgics on the Hussite Theological Faculty at Charles University in Prague, was the featured speaker at the 6th annual APLM Colloquium at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, California. The Colloquium took place at CDSP on November 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm. CDSP.  Professor Holeton also preached at the late afternoon Eucharist in All Saints’ Chapel on the CDSP campus.

The Rt. Rev’d Mary Gray Reeves, Bishop of El Camino Real, gave a response to the lecture and members of the audience had opportunity to ask questions. Video link here.

2011: Liturgy and the Lamentable: Learning from the Psalms Again – In a time of excess, terror and banality, can Christian liturgy find once more a faithful voice of lamentation?

In this video from the 4th Annual APLM Colloquium, held at and co-sponsored by Church Divinity School of the Pacific on November 17, 2011, renowned liturgist and musician The Rev. Dr. Don Saliers responds to that question. His engaging and insightful presentation explores resources from the Psalms and the traditions of liturgical intercession for addressing the present circumstances that hold Christian worship culturally captive.  Don Saliers is William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus, at the Emory University Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, GA.


2010: Music and Emotion in Worship: Have we anything to fear?

The 3rd Annual APLM Colloquium was held at and co-sponsored by Church Divinity School of the Pacific on November 11, 2010. Dr. Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology at Duke Divinity School, examines the nature of emotion, how music might achieve its emotional effect, and whether any of our anxieties about music in worship are well grounded. Of interest to clergy, church musicians, liturgists and anyone with a keen interest in music in worship, this presentation addresses some vital and timely matters in an engaging and insightful way.

For copyright reasons, only an audio recording of this lecture could be made. So the recording is accompanied by pictures of Dr. Begbie. However, it is well worth taking the time to listen to this presentation.

2009: A Priestly Offering: Intercessory Prayer in Christian Worship

The second Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission Colloquium took place on November 12, 2009, at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA featured speaker the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers. After a formal response by Dr. John Klentos, lively Q-and-A and conversation ensued.

In July 2009, Dr. Meyers began serving as Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, after 14 years on the faculty of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. Her publications include Continuing the Reformation: Re-Visioning Baptism in the Episcopal Church, Gleanings: Essays on Expansive Language with Prayers for Various Occasions (edited with Phoebe Pettingell), and numerous articles and book reviews. She was recently elected chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. A past president of North American Academy of Liturgy, Dr. Meyers has also served on the Steering Committee of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, in which she continues to be an active participant. Her current research focuses on the relationship of liturgy and mission.

Respondent John Klentos is Associate Professor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Studies, Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. Dr. Klentos, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has published several articles on Orthodox worship and theology. His research interests include the history of Byzantine liturgy and Orthodox Christian theology.

2008:  The Liturgical Movement: Gains and Losses

The Rev. Dr. Paul Bradshaw spoke at the inaugural APLM Colloquium in November 2008. Dr. Bradshaw has taught at the University of Notre Dame since 1985 and is acknowledged as one of the foremost liturgical scholars not only in the Anglican Communion, but throughout the Christian world. He has also published extensively on the subject of Christian liturgy, having written or edited more than 20 books and over 90 essays or articles. His major books include Daily Prayer in the Early Church, The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship, and Eucharistic Origins.

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