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The Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D.The Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel

Email: aboden@princeton.edu     

Tel: (609) 258-6244

Office: Murray-Dodge 205A

Dean Boden is passionate about the intersection of the life of the Spirit and the life of the mind, and about faithful, critical conversation and action about what comprises justice and solidarity.  She finds academic institutions to be particularly fruitful and diverse places to reflect on these things, and so has served for almost three decades in university chaplaincy – at Princeton since 2007 and previously at the University of Chicago, Bucknell University, and Union College.  She has authored numerous articles, chapters and posts on religion in addition to a book, Women’s Rights and Religious Practice (Palgrave 2007).   She has participated in a variety of capacities with non-governmental organizations, particularly on the topic of women of faith as intentional agents of peace-building and security.  She is a contributor to The Carter Center’s Scripturally Annotated Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an editor of www.lovestrugglesresist.com.   She is a minister in the United Church of Christ.


TheRev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel

Email: tthames@princeton.edu

Tel: (609) 258-3621

Office: Murray-Dodge 206

The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames (she/her/hers) is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. An ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Theresa is a graduate of Howard University, Duke University Divinity School, and Wesley Theological Seminary.  She is passionate about the intersections of theology, gender, organizational development, and social justice. She is a challenging preacher, thoughtful theologian, certified yoga teacher, wife, dog mom, and devoted friend. Dean Thames is a lover of life and a music connoisseur who prioritizes self-care and believes that freedom is not optional, rest is her strength, and radical joy is her resistance. She is involved with the Princeton community through student engagement, pastoral care, overseeing religious programs, and regularly preaching at the University Chapel.


Nicole AldrichNicole Aldrich, Director of Chapel Music and of the Princeton University Chapel Choir

Email: naldrich@princeton.edu

Tel: (609) 258-3654

Office: University Chapel Office

              Nicole Aldrich joins the Office of Religious Life this year as Director of Chapel Music and of the Princeton University Chapel Choir, a position which merges her twin career paths of academic choral conductor and church musician. Dr. Aldrich sees the conductor’s podium as more than a place to facilitate great music-making: it is also a platform for encouraging growth, understanding, and trust among singers. Her work with the Office of Religious Life anchors her love of teaching, her experience with innovative liturgical and concert programming, and her overarching goal of musical excellence in a foundation of faith and inclusion.

              Before coming to Princeton, Dr. Aldrich served for 10 years as Director of Choral Activities at Washington University in St. Louis. She has also held teaching appointments at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware, and her work as a church musician spans multiple denominations and nearly three decades. She holds a DMA from the University of Maryland and an MM from Northwestern University.

 


Eric PlutzEric Plutz, University Organist

Email: eplutz@princeton.edu,

Tel: (609) 258-3016

Office: University Chapel Office

Eric Plutz is University Organist at Princeton University, where his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, Academic Ceremonies, and solo concerts, as well as accompanying the Chapel Choir in services and concerts.  He is Lecturer in Music, Instructor of Organ, and maintains a private studio.  Also in Princeton, Mr. Plutz is rehearsal accompanist for Princeton Pro Musica.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Vierne Project (performances of the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, honoring the composer’s 2020 Sesquicentennial) will be extended throughout 2021.  One of a handful of organists to embark on such a venture, Mr. Plutz has secured performances at multiple venues, and in a variety of formats.  Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY). 


Liz PowersLiz Powers, Chapel Administrator

Email: epowers@princeton.edu

Tel: (609) 258-3048

Office: University Chapel Office

 


Edgar Gomez, Chapel Sexton

Email: gomez@princeton.edu

Tel: (609) 258-3050

Office: University Chapel Office


 Lisa McGurr, Chapel Sexton

 lmcgurr@princeton.edu

Tel: (609) 258-3050

Office: University Chapel Office