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Church Council

The Church Council has general oversight of the life and activities of the University Lutheran congregation. The members of the current Church Council are listed below.

Minutes of the Council’s monthly meetings are available in the password-protected members’ area of this site. If you are a member of the UniLu worshipping community and already have a login, click “Members’ Area” in the top navigation menu and log in to see the minutes; otherwise, email our webmaster to obtain a login.

To contact the Church Council with your questions or concerns, please email the Council vice president at councilvp@unilu.org.

If you are interested in running for a seat on the Council (terms are one year for students, two years for others; elections take place at the annual congregational meeting each January or February) please speak with the Church Council president, who can refer you to a Nominating Committee member.

Karen Turley

Karen Turley has been a member at University Lutheran since 1995, and has served on the Church Council, as a deacon, and on a number of church committees. She teaches high school English at the Marie Philip School in Framingham, which serves Deaf students from infancy through grade 12+. In addition to teaching, Karen has…

James Almeida

James Almeida was elected to the Church Council in January 2017 and re-elected in 2018. He is passionate about social justice, especially the church’s shelter, sanctuary, and LGBTQ ministries. James joined UniLu in 2015 after starting a Ph.D. in Latin American history at Harvard. In his rare free time, he enjoys relaxing with his husband…

Edward A. Bucher

Ed Bucher has served as UniLu’s treasurer since 1973. He is also an ex officio member of the Church Council and its Executive Committee.

Chris Porter

Chris Porter was appointed assistant financial secretary in October 2015, and became financial secretary in January 2016. He also serves as an ex officio member of the Church Council.