University Lutheran has a mission of ministry to the academic communities of Boston and Cambridge—so campus ministry is very important to us! Students represent about one-quarter of our members, and we support a variety of activities both at University Lutheran and on local campuses…
At University Lutheran
During the academic year, students gather for programs ranging from Bible study to brunch, to participation in social justice actions, to camping; the Young Adults and Graduate Students (YAGS) group also meets frequently. In addition, our pastor is available for conversation and counseling.
The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter makes its home in our basement each year from mid-November to mid-April. Directed by students from Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House, the Shelter welcomes more than a hundred student volunteers from colleges across the Boston area every season. See the Shelter page for information on volunteering.
Many students also participate in the ongoing life of the church: as members of the Church Council, as deacons, in the choir, or in other activities that match individual talents and time. For ideas on getting involved, speak with a staff member or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Boston University
Jessica Chicka is Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Associate for Lutheran Ministry. Jessica notes, “Throughout the academic year, we will gather on Sunday mornings at 11 am at Marsh Chapel for worship, and on Wednesday evenings at 5:15 pm for prayer and Eucharist with other Protestant denominations at Marsh Chapel. We will also participate in service projects, participate in special events, and meet for coffee and conversation throughout the year.” For more information, email Jessica or see the BU Lutherans Facebook page or LCM@BU website.
Harvard Divinity School has strong support for Lutheran students. HDS Lutherans is an official student organization; see the Student Organizations page of the HDS website for information on its current activites. Former UniLu pastor Donald S. Larsen also teaches two HDS courses about Lutheran thought and practice: Lutheran Confessional Theology and The Lutheran Church (ELCA) – Its Marks and Practices. More information about Pastor Larsen’s courses at HDS.
University Lutheran has close ties with the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry at MIT (LEM), which has been a cooperative venture of Lutherans and Episcopalians for more than twenty years. LEM offers weekly worship on Wednesdays in the MIT Chapel throughout the calendar year, with 5:15 P.M. services (usually alternating between Lutheran and Episcopal liturgies) followed by supper. The ministry also offers a full program of activities, including guest speakers, classes, retreats, and opportunities for service. For more information, visit the LEM website or contact the Lutheran chaplain, Rev. Kari Jo Verhulst (pictured), at (617) 253-2325.
On Thursdays from fall through spring, NU students gather in the Spiritual Life Center (201 Ell) for worship and discussion at 5:45 P.M. NU students also make regular visits to an elderly housing complex near Northeastern. For more information, contact chaplain Joyce DeGreeff (pictured) at email@example.com, visit the ministry’s Facebook page or consult the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at Northeastern website.
At Other Nearby Campuses
If you are too far away to participate in UniLu student ministries, another Lutheran congregation may be closer to you:
- Rev. John Stendahl, pastor of Lutheran Church of the Newtons, is the contact pastor at Andover Newton Theological School and Boston College; contact him at (617) 332-3983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rev. Thomas Maehl, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waltham, is the contact pastor for Brandeis University and can be reached at (781) 893-6563.
- Lutheran pastor Imogene Stulken serves the Protestant Ministry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell; contact her at (978) 934-5014 or Imogene_Stulken@uml.edu.
- Rev. Ingo Dutzmann of The First Lutheran Church of Boston (617-536-8851 or email@example.com), a Missouri Synod congregation, also has an active campus ministry.
Regionally and Nationally
Please see the New England Synod’s Student and Campus Ministry Links for information about other ELCA campus ministries in New England, and the ELCA Campus Ministry website for campus ministry locations nationwide.