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.

#1: Bread and wine—a familiar way to start out dinner. You order your meal, the waiter brings you some bread and then brings your wine.

#2: Bread and wine—a simple meal at the end of the day when you’re just a little peckish and want to relax.

#3: Bread and wine—what we eat and drink in the sacrament of Communion.

Why did Jesus choose bread and wine? He could have easily chosen figs and goat milk or apricots and lettuce. Or olives—there were plenty of them around!  But imagine being in church, going forward and plucking an olive from a bowl, “Body of Christ.” Then what about the pit? Is it the bones of Jesus? Where do we put it? Okay, bad idea.

We know bread and wine were already established in the Old Testament as symbols, but is it possible that Jesus contemplated something else?

On that day before the night of betrayal and desertion, did he think, “I know Judas is going to betray me. Should I talk about that? Hmm, no, keep that quiet. Shall I tell them to remember me? And how should they to do that?”

Perhaps he was still undecided as he ate his Last Supper and time was running out and then he impulsively picked up his second piece of bread and said, “This is my body, broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

And maybe the disciples were confused and said, “What are you talking about? Of course the bread is broken! What are you going to do—pick up the loaf with both hands and bite into it? You say it’s your body? Huh? And how could we ever forget you?”

Or maybe there was an immediate sense of sacredness and all conversation stopped so when he offered the cup of wine and said, “This my blood poured out for you,” they were utterly silent. They knew.

Let us cut to 2024. It had been a rough couple of weeks: respiratory illnesses, Wes snowed with referrals in the hospital (why are all these patients getting infections?); caring for a dog I’ll call Cujo, who provided no joy only vomiting, snarling and barking.  I was home alone with Cujo and Wes still in the hospital charting. It was way past Last Supper time. I was no longer hungry so I chose door number #2: a slice of bread and glass of wine.

And here is what I discovered: partaking of bread and wine all by yourself can be just as powerful as Communion in church. For one thing, I wasn’t thinking about the usher coming to my pew, or adjusting my pants, standing up straight and figuring out which Communion server I choose.

None of that; just sipping wine, eating bread and thinking about Jesus; about grapes smashed and fermented; about grain harvested, milled and kneaded. Surely he knew how wine and bread came to be. Maybe he thought about it too.  No deep theological thoughts here, just eating, drinking and remembering him.

I know not everyone drinks wine or eats bread for that matter. But it is possible to eat and drink and commune with Jesus with whatever you have before you. It’s all about the remembering.