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Rites of Passage

Offered by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

March 3 & 4, 2011
School of Christian Vocation & Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary


Preaching and offering pastoral care at various rites of passage are essential aspects of ministry. This institute will help ministers articulate a theological and biblical understanding of their role, discuss practical matters relating to pastoral care during rites of passage, and reflect on how best to preach the Word at these key moments. Special attention will be paid to these issues at baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals.


Sally A. Brown is Princeton Seminary's Elizabeth M. Engle Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship. An ordained Presbyterian minister with more than 20 years of parish and nonparish pastoral experience prior to beginning her academic career, she continues to teach and preach in local congregations. She teaches preaching and worship as well as a Ph.D. seminar in theories of interpretation and constructive practical theology. Her major publications include Cross Talk: Preaching Redemption Here and Now (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008) and Lament: Reclaiming Practices in Pulpit, Pew, and Public Square (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005).

Suzanne Schafer-Coates is minister to the Meadow Lakes Congregation with First Presbyterian Church (Hightstown, NJ), where she has served since 1990. Suzanne is a graduate of Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the staff of First Presbyterian Church, Suzanne was the Associate Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick. In addition to her ministry at Meadow Lakes, Suzanne is the Chaplain for Hightstown Engine Company No. 1.

John Huh is a pastor at New Mercy Community Church (Hackensack, NJ), overseeing counseling and small groups. As a bilingual, bicultural Korean American, he is passionate about caring for souls. Before accepting his current call, he served as the youth pastor at All Nations Church in New Jersey for five years. He is currently studying pastoral theology and counseling as a doctoral student at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Sonia Waters has served as an assistant rector at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights and currently serves as pastor of Christ Episcopal Church (Budd Lake, NJ). Before coming to New Jersey, Sonia entered the ordination process in Los Angeles, California and worked on staff for a domestic violence shelter. She is a Ph.D. student at Princeton Theological Seminary, studying a combination of psychoanalysis, counseling, and applied theology.


The program costs $150 (discounted to $120 until January 5), which includes tuition, refreshments, and meals. Affordable on-campus lodging (as low as $55 per night) is available to those who need it. Please read the registration and cancellation policy here.

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail [email protected].