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Rev. Dr. Alison L. BodenThe Rev. Dr. Alison L. Boden  is Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University, a position she has held since August 2007.  Previously, she served for twelve years at the University of Chicago as Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Senior Lecturer in the Divinity School, and as co-chair of the Board of the university’s Human Rights Program.  She also served as University Chaplain at Bucknell University (1992-95) and as the Protestant Chaplain at Union College (1991-92).  She has received degrees from Vassar College (A.B.), Union Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Bradford (Ph.D.).  Dean Boden is the author of numerous articles and chapters on religion and social justice in addition to a book, Women’s Rights and Religious Practice (Palgrave 2007).  At Princeton and Chicago her course offerings have included such topics as religion and human rights, the rights of women, the history and phenomenology of prayer, and religion and violence.  She has served in an advisory capacity to a variety of non-governmental organizations. Dean Boden is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.   (609) 258-6244, Murray-Dodge 205A, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544


The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Dean Thames served as a local pastor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for nine years before joining the ORL staff. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Human Communication Studies, received her M.Div. with a concentration in Gender Studies from Duke Divinity School and her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Seminary. Dean Thames is passionate about the intersections of theology, community, and social justice.  (609) 258-3621, Murray-Dodge 206, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ  08544


Penna Rose Penna Rose is the Director of Chapel Music at Princeton, where she oversees the musical program at the University Chapel and directs the 80-member Chapel Choir. She is also an Artist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Ms. Rose has conducted at Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall in New York as well as on Broadway. Ms. Rose holds degrees from Michigan State University and Union Theological Seminary.   (609) 258-3654, The Chapel Office, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544


Eric PlutzEric Plutz is the University Organist and plays for weekly services at the Chapel, official University Services and solo concerts. In addition, he accompanies the Chapel Choir during services and concerts, and he is the coordinator for the weekly After Noon Concert Series. Mr. Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.   (609) 258-3016, The Chapel Office, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544


Edgar GomezEdgar Gomez (pictured) and Lisa McGurr (soon to be pictured) are the Chapel Sextons. They take care of the liturgical and logistical preparations for services and events held at the Chapel and also work to provide a clean, safe, inviting place for everyone. Mr. Gomez has been employed at Princeton University since 1986 and has worked as Chapel Sexton since 2014.  (609) 258-3050, The Chapel Office, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544


Liz PowersLiz Powers is the Chapel Administrator and her administrative duties support the Chapel and its work. Ms. Powers also schedules and coordinates the many varied events which take place in the Chapel. She has been employed at the University since 1989 and has held the position of Chapel Administrator since 2003.  (609) 258-3048, The Chapel Office, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544