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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even if 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and fifteen minute.. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 10 am 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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

Every year, around Halloween, I am haunted, not by thoughts of the dead, but of when I can get to the store and buy Halloween candy half-off. But this year was different. This year I really have been haunted by thoughts of death. Much of this has to do with my podcast, The Final Say: Conversations with People Facing Death.  But the bigger reason I’m obsessing about death this year is because of the wars in Ukraine and Israel and Gaza and the shooting in Maine and the shooting in Tampa and the shootings that have happened and will keep happening all over the United States. I am disturbed.

When I think about The Final Say, I can’t help asking, but what about people killed in wars, accidents, earthquakes, storms, fires, shootings, starvation? What is their final say? It can’t be the last words they utter before dying. Those may be swear words, screams, gasps or words of surprise. Maybe they don’t even have last words because they are killed instantly.

In that case, is their final say, how they lived their lives in their last part of their lives?  That could be months if you are very young, years if you are very old. Or should we look at someone’s entire life span and try to average things out? Because we all have done things or said words we hope will not be counted as our final say.

Perhaps it has nothing to do with actions, but is more about being than doing. This seems right to me. I know people who are blazing bright Lights to the world who aren’t able to get out of bed.

I couldn’t help thinking about how my podcast guests have the luxury of a final say.  They know they are facing imminent death.

Or is it completely ridiculous to even think there is any such thing as a final say? It seems that many people, long after they have died, keep speaking.  We constantly find new truths in the words of Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, biblical prophets, Rumi, Confucius.  Or is it simply that we continue to reinterpret them?

I’ve come to the conclusion that since most of us don’t know when or how we are going to die, we have our final say simply in how we live our lives. That can be kind of frightening since it feels like we are making mistakes all the time. Gah! Thank you, St. Peter for giving us this direction: I Peter 4:8, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

It does indeed.