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.

Ally Building with Indigenous People
October 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, online
This workshop will be led by teachers from the Na’ah Illahee Fund in Seattle. The Fund is an Indigenous women-led organization dedicated to the ongoing regeneration of Indigenous communities to advance climate and gender justice. The focus of the workshop is on ally building with Indigenous communities and why allyship is important for each one of us, no matter where we live, work or our heritage. 

During lecture and breakout group discussion, the current political climate of Coast Salish tribes, local tribal issues and the perseverance of rights in relation to historical struggles will be addressed. The trainers will include examples of climate advocacy work and clarify cultural appropriation versus recognition to enhance individual and collective relationships with Indigenous people. 

The workshop trainers noted that they “hope to bring your church a positive and empowering experience with a new insight on the Native American existence and hope to give your community new tools and perspective on how to stand as an ally for tribal people.”

Those collaborating with the trainers from Na ‘ah Illahee to plan the workshop include members of the UCUCC Racial Justice Action team Gail Crouch, Jessie McAbee, Ginger Warfield and Patti Brandt. Register for the workshop here. A Zoom link will be sent a few days before the workshop for those registered. 

Book Review
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
By Austin Channing Brown (2018)

In just 182 pages, Brown fiercely affirms Blackness while simultaneously unveiling and demystifying the subtle effects of white supremacy among Christians. She got a tutorial herself when as a child she moved from a mostly white neighborhood to a mostly Black neighborhood. Very different cultures that are succinctly and tellingly described. As an adult she found the movement toward diversity and forgiveness too often involves white people seeking credit for recognizing the crimes of the past even as they do nothing to fix things today. In the process they sometimes talk to Brown and others as if in a confessional. In a thought provoking chapter, Brown passionately rejects facile reliance on ‘hope,’ stating that “in order for me to stay in this work, hope must die” and “the death of hope gives way to a sadness that heals, to anger that inspires, to a wisdom that empowers me.” An eloquent argument for meaningful reconciliation focused on racial injustice rather than white feelings.

— Review by Beth Bartholomew