Sonia Waters: Addiction and Pastoral Care


Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9am
in Pierce-Bishop Hall

The Rev. Dr. Sonia Waters, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, will lead our Adult Forum by addressing the treatment of addiction holistically as both a spiritual and a pathological condition 

Substance addictions present a unique set of challenges for pastoral care. Dr. Waters weaves together personal stories, research, and theological reflection to offer helpful tools for ministers, counselors, chaplains, and anyone else called to care pastorally for those struggling with addiction. 

She uses the story of the Gerasene demoniac in Mark’s Gospel to reframe addiction as a “soul-sickness” that arises from a legion of individual and social vulnerabilities. She includes pastoral reflections on oppression, the War on Drugs, trauma, guilt, discipleship, and identity.

For a taste of what to expect, check out the Rev. Drs. Kara Slade and Sonia Waters in their October 31, 2018 webinar for the Society of Scholar Priests: