Who Are We?

Prologue to Our Vision Statement:

Our church rests on one foundation -- the love of God revealed in Jesus the Christ -- and from this foundation we build our creative relationships with God, with each other, with neighbors, and with the earth and its creatures. By knowing God's love in Christ, by encountering the word of God's love in the Bible, and by following Jesus as our model for the active expression of God's love, our church becomes one of God's transforming agents in the world.

 

 Statement of Faith:

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST STATEMENT OF FAITH

            We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:

            You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death.

            You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

            You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles. In Jesus Christ, the man from Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.

            You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

            You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

            You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

            Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen

 

Covenant:

Leader:

God of Providence and Grace, in a spirit of memory, thanksgiving, and hope:

All:

We covenant with You and with one another:

To seek and respond to Your word and will, made known and to be made known;

To worship You in unity and diversity, welcoming everyone;

To care for and pray for each other in trials of the spirit and in times of joy;

To encourage each other in the growth of our minds and spirits;

To promote Your reign of justice and peace, meeting hate with reconciling love; and

To reject the false gods of society, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus.

 

May God help us and be with us. Amen

A Benediction

Now, go out into the world in peace.

Be of good courage.

Hold fast to that which is good.

Return to no one evil for evil,

but strengthen the fainthearted,

support the weak,

comfort the afflicted,

honor all people,

befriend the poor.

Go forth, and serve the Lord,

rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

And may that Spirit so fill you this day

that you go forth from this place,

seeing the face of Christ in each face you encounter,

and accepting God's extravagant love which is a free gift to you.

Go in peace.

 

Policy on Children

In the spirit of Jesus, his teachings and example, the University Congregational United Church of Christ affirms children and youth as our concern and will work to assure that children everywhere enjoy a quality education, quality healthcare, adequate nutrition and a wholesome environment. We underscore our commitment to defend the rights of future generations and to provide opportunities for all children to fulfill their human potential. We will foster preaching and programs of education, social action and mission that support children.

Outreach:

We celebrate with joy our relationship with our sister church, St Katherine, Great Martyr, Murino, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Diversity:

We celebrate our diversity in many ways:

Open and Affirming Policy:

University Congregational United Church of Christ believes with the Apostle Paul (Romans 12:4) that, though all of us are different, all are one body in Christ. None can say to another, "We have no need of you." And so we are part of the United Church of Christ's "Open and Affirming" movement. What that means is that we as a congregation actively welcome sexual minorities into the full life and leadership of the church. Sexual orientation is a gift from God, and we believe Christ calls the church to celebrate the variety of God's creation. Therefore, unlike many churches, we joyfully welcome persons of all orientations as members, as church officers, as church staff, as ministers.

Accessibility:

We have entrances on two of our three levels and an elevator connecting all floors.

We provide assistive listening devices and large print copies of each Sunday's hymns.

Fragrance-free zone:

We have created a Fragrance-Free zone (the balcony) for the comfort of any with a high sensitivity to chemicals. Those sitting here refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other scented products.

 

Where we are

Directions:

From Interstate 5 , take the NE 45th St exit, east about 1/2 mile to the Church on the corner of 16th Av NE.

Map & Parking diagram:

Diagram of parking locations

Metro bus routes:

7, 43, 44, 48, 71, 72, 73, 74. For connections, see metro

Building Use Policy:

We share our building with preschool and child care programs and with an Adult Day Center. We also provide space for Musicians Emeritus rehearsals, Teen Feed two evenings / week, and Teen Shelter one night/week. Our several boards and committees and community organizations need space too. Here is how we attempt to be fair:

Our priority is church activities, directly-related mission outreach programs, and then other community groups. Please contact the church office for more information about space use.

Weddings: We have a brochure that explains specifics. Contact is Juanita Watt

at 206-932-8845 or jwatt@universityucc.org.

Funerals/memorial services: Contact the clergy of your choice or the office, office@universityucc.org.