As an open and
affirming congregation, we celebrate our diversity in religious
background, sexual orientation, race, and abilities. You are welcome...
whether you are a believer, a seeker or a doubter.
University Congregational United Church of Christ is a progressive
liberal Protestant church. We see ourselves as an inclusive church, open
to diverse people and beliefs, but rooted in God's extravagant love, mercy
and justice. At the start of every worship service our clergy declares, "You
are welcome here, whether you are a believer, a seeker, or a doubter. We pray that
you will be met here by the living Christ."
We are a covenantal church, not a doctrinal
church. This means that members of our church agree to work together toward
certain shared principles. Our members are not required to swear allegiance
to a defined set of beliefs.
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Like the 17th
century Pilgrims of our Congregational heritage, the founders of UCUCC were also
"pilgrims." In 1891, they established the "First Church of Brooklyn"
as the first church in what is now the University District of Seattle. The original frame
chapel stood on Brooklyn Avenue near 41st Street.
By 1910, when a new and larger building was erected at
43rd and Brooklyn, there were other churches in the district and we changed
our name to University Congregational. Our present building, at the
northwest corner of the University campus, was occupied in 1953 and
remodeled in 1969. Today, having passed our hundredth year, we are a church
with a metropolitan outlook, and members drawn from many parts of the city
We are part of the United Church of Christ, formed in
1957 through a merger of the Congregational Christian and Evangelical and
Reformed Churches, now numbering 1.3 million members in 5,725 churches in
the United States and Puerto Rico. Through it we share in the work of the
National and World Councils of Churches. Locally, we support the Church
Council of Greater Seattle.
In the spirit of our heritage, we combine a common
loyalty to Jesus Christ with respect for the uniqueness of each individual.
We share commitment to God, to one another, and to the world while valuing
diversity and open inquiry. We covenant to walk together in faith, but
assent to a particular creed is never a requirement.