Professor Lim Swee Hong to Present 2018 APLM Colloquium

Sacred music professor to discuss Christian worship for the 21st century

The 2018 Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM) Colloquium will take place on September 27 at 7:45 pm on the campus of Church Divinity School of the Pacific. The presenter will be 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. His presentation is titled “Lex Orandi, Lex Vivendi et Via Media: Christian Worship for the 21st Century.” During his presentation, Lim will address cultural, historical and contextual issues inherent in revitalizing liturgical practice.

Following Lim’s presentation, Dr. Jamie Apgar, chapel musician at CDSP and associate for music at All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley, will give the response. The event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast online at

Before joining Emmanuel College in 2012, Lim served as assistant professor of church music at Baylor University. He has also been a lecturer of worship, liturgy and music at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He is the director of research for the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and has served as co-moderator of the worship committee for the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches and as a member of the worship planning committee for the 2011 Ecumenical Peace Convocation sponsored by the World Council held in Jamaica. From 2006 – 2011, he chaired the worship and liturgy committee for the World Methodist Council, which designed and supervised the worship services of the 20th World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Lim holds a PhD in Liturgical Studies from Drew University, where his dissertation won the Helen LePage and William Hale Chamberlain Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. He also holds a Master of Arts in Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology. He completed his undergraduate work in church music at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music in the Philippines.

Since 2008, the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission has held its annual colloquium at CDSP. Recordings of past year’s presentations are available on the APLM website. To learn more about this year’s colloquium, please email Professor Jennifer Snow at CDSP.

A recording of the presentation will be posted later.