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 - in 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.

Our tool shed is dark, damp and smells like something died in there. We are too afraid to investigate.  Many spiders live there. It is not a model of organization. (I blame the spiders.) There are sandbags, a dead lawnmower, half a bag of planter dirt, old deck chairs, wood chips for meat smoking and a broken garden hose.  Also, old begonia planters.

Last fall when the hanging begonias turned to mush, I took them down, put them in the tool shed and forgot about them.

Last week I went to grab the rake and stumbled upon the begonia pots. I was horrified to see that there were mushrooms growing out of them; long, white stalks with weird feathery tops. I’m sure they were totally poisonous. I felt so guilty that I didn’t plant anything in them and they had turned into hanging mushroom planters.

I took them outside so I could get to the rake. And that is when I discovered that they weren’t mushrooms at all. They were begonias—begonias deprived of light. Now I really felt guilty. What kind of bad mother leaves her babies in a dark closet? I put them out under a tree to gradually get them used to the sun.

In less than three days they started to green up. The power of light! They even started to look a little sassy as if to say, “Mushrooms, eh? Just watch.”

There have been times in the past 14 months where many of us felt as if we were living in a dark, damp tool shed. Most of us survived but not many of us thrived. I mean this literally but I also mean it metaphorically and not just during COVID.

I think we all have had times in our lives where we were living in darkness and there was no light to be found. We went about our daily lives but spiritually and emotionally felt as if we were in a tool shed.

John 8:12 tells us that Jesus said,  “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

I wish he had also added, “My Light will help you grow.” Or he could have said, “The Light of my love will change you from a mushroom to a green and blooming begonia.” (But my research tells me there were no begonias in Biblical Israel.)

How do we find that Light? Many people find it in Sunday worship. Just as many find it hiking in the mountains, walking in the neighborhood, scripture reading, cooking a meal, scratching a dog, petting a cat, rocking a baby, planting a flower, praying, sitting, practicing yoga.

The list goes on and on because each one of us is unique and have our own ways of finding Light. But what is it that prevents us from doing just that?  What keeps us stuck in the tool shed looking like mushrooms?

I can’t promise that the answer is obvious. But I can promise that just a little Light will have you flourishing in no time.

 

 

Mushroom Photo by Erik van Dijk on Unsplash