Rev. Lee Bluemel
Rev. Bluemel is minister at the North Parish of North Andover, Massachusetts.
The Rev. Lee Bluemel is the Senior Minister of the North Parish of North Andover, MA, a Unitarian Universalist congregation where she has served for the past 20 years, since 1999. Thanks to committed lay leadership, her congregation has an active Climate Justice Task Force that encourages engagement in education, advocacy, public witness and spiritual practice to address the realities of climate disruption.
Recently, Rev. Bluemel and Task Force leader Karen Martin have been part of a coalition-building effort among Merrimack Valley urban and suburban clergy and congregants in response to the Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster in the fall of 2018. She imagines rebuilding a more resilient and sustainable infrastructure in the valley, weaning ourselves from dependence on fossil fuels, and building strength and capacity among people of faith—whom she believes are being called to express their gratitude, humility and reverence for life in new, courageous ways.
Rev. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in English and anthropology from Amherst College, Amherst, MA. As a young adult she worked as a “Hut Girl” for the Appalachian Mountain Club White Mountain Huts, as a VISTA Volunteer for a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition in Holyoke, MA, and as an ESL School Administrator.
Rev. Lee earned her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA in 1995. She completed student ministries at the First and Second Church of Boston, MA under the Rev. Rhys Williams, an internship at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills in Wellesley, MA under the Rev. John Nichols, and her hospital chaplaincy training at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA.
She was ordained by the Wellesley Hills congregation on May 14, 1995. Before settling at North Parish, she served the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, Michigan, for four years from 1995 to 1999.