No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Young, old, sure of your path, or still searching — we invite you to join us in imagining love and justice – as Jesus did – and acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a “meeting.”

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. 

UCUCC Parking Map

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Parking can be a challenge in the University District! Persistence, patience and an early start are keys to success.

UW has free parking on Sundays. Enter the main campus gate at NE 45th and 17th Ave NE and turn left past the toll booth. It's about a three-block walk to the church. The UW Meany Garage at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. is a five-block walk.

The church also owns three parking lots - Lot A is across the street from the church on 16th Ave. E. Lot B is beneath Sortun Court, just north of the church on the east side of 16th Ave. E. (It closes at 2 p.m.) Lot C (for those with difficulty walking, young children and visitors) is at the corner of 15th NE and NE 45th St., next to the church.

If you need to be assured of a close parking spot, you can call the church office before noon on Friday to reserve one: 206-524-2322.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

We are an inter-generational church and strive to be family-friendly, with an active ministry for children and youth. All ages are welcome in worship. We also offer nursery and child-care, Younger children begin the service with us and usually leave after about 15 minutes. Older children have the option of leaving for a special sermon time. Junior high and high school youth meet at 9 am and then often sit together in worship. Give us a call at 206-524-2322 for more specifics.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

Hearing Impaired: Our sanctuary has an induction loop system that uses the T-Coil mode of your hearing aids. You can get the necessary equipment just before entering the Sanctuary on the right or ask any usher.

Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday's program in large print for easier readability.

Wheelchair Access: The front entry is wheelchair accessible as are the rest rooms. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

 

 

Spiritual insights can come from anywhere: a scripture passage, a good sermon, a kind and loving word, a beautiful sunset, your TV remote control. Yes, I know that last one sounds like the answer in a, “Which does not fit?” word test.  But it is my TV remote control that gave me the greatest insight into how to deal with 2020.

Here are the most important buttons on a remote control: PAUSE, PLAY, REWIND and FAST FORWARD. Let us start with PAUSE because that is a real practice in the hospital.

PAUSE

We take a pause after a Code Blue (resuscitation) or a Code Gray (behavior disturbance.) Code Grays are tough because there is usually a lot of yelling on the part of the patient whereas in a Code Blue the patient doesn’t make a peep.

A few months ago we had a Code Gray where the patient was a big elderly man who was stomping around the hall outside his room.  He was naked and shouting curse words in combinations that were quite creative. In spite of that, it was really upsetting and there were nurses and doctors and the police and a social worker and me, a chaplain. I said, “I’m from Spiritual Care, do you think he’d want to talk to me? Say a prayer?”

They called to him. “Spiritual Care is here. Would you like to talk to her?”

“No, I don’t want to talk to her. I’m mad at God! I want to KILL God!” So right then I decided my time was better spent on staff care after we got things under control.

The nurses finally coaxed him back into his room and into his clothes. (He was somewhat elderly so let me say here that tattoos just don’t age well.)

After he got back in bed we all stood in the hall and took a Pause. We stood in circle and had a moment of silence—a pause. It’s a way to acknowledge that something really big and frightening just happened, but we did our jobs and we all got through.

All us could use a serious Pause when we consider 2020. It was a big and frightening year: racial incidents, political fights and the COVID pandemic. Let’s just acknowledge how damn hard this year has been. And let’s acknowledge that we did our jobs as best we could and most of us came through it. And yes, sadly, we’ll still be going through it for a while.

REWIND

The Rewind button is often pressed after Pause. Why? Because we need to rewind, look back at the year (or the week, or the day, or the moment) and ask ourselves, “What just happened? Who were we? What have we learned? What surprised us?” Rewind is not about ruminating or obsessing. It’s about looking squarely at events and how we responded. What kind of decisions did we make? Who did we show ourselves to be? Who were we there for? Who was there for us? Did we show ourselves to be followers of Jesus?

That last question is not to shame us. It is an honest question and one we should answer with enthusiasm because I think many of us were AWESOME. We stepped up as best we could. We wore masks, stayed home, joined protests, wrote letters, voted, sent cards, washed hands, sang songs, celebrated, decorated, isolated. We Face Timed, Zoomed, emailed, phoned, called over the fence, waved across the street. We smiled at the bus driver, saluted the garbage man and blew kisses to the mail carrier. And we prayed—oh, how we prayed.

In the hospital they smoothed the blankets over the crazy-sounding naked man and tucked him into bed. We cried. We offered boxes of tissue because we were not allowed to hug. We pressed REWIND and talked about what we could have done differently. Then we could cleanly move on to PLAY.

PLAY

The PLAY button is the present moment. Where are we, how do we feel, what are we thinking right now.  How is Spirit working in our lives right now?  PLAY is where we need to be most of the time—right now, right here. PLAY may be the trickiest of all because we often itch to get out of the present moment. So we want to live in REWIND or FAST FORWARD.  But the greatest treasure is found in PLAY.

Of course I also have to offer a secondary function of this button and that is to actually play. Have some fun every day. Even a moment of play can instantly rejuvenate us. After the Code Gray we discussed the naked man’s creative curse words.  After we stopped laughing, we came up with some interesting combinations ourselves. Just those few minutes of laughter instantly  revitalized us.

FAST FORWARD

FAST FORWARD helps us look into the future and perhaps change what we saw in REWIND. Who do we want to be in the future? How could we act differently? Where could we have opened to grace? Or slowed down? Or listened more? Or spoken up? Or perhaps we hope we will act/feel/think just the same way. We need to live in PLAY most of the time,  but it’s healthy to fast forward now and then and plan for the future.

There is maybe one other button on the remote control that calls out to me. That is the SOURCE button. It’s worth reflecting on what is the source for our lives? What/Who gives us strength, comfort and peace? For 2021 I’m picking The Divine, the Spirit and my favorite person: Jesus! He was by the way, included in the creative combination of curse words.