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.

                  At our Hood Canal cottage, my husband and I begin each weekend morning with a walk though the woods.  Our mugs of coffee steaming in the cold dawn, we sip in warmth as we sit on strategically placed benches to ponder the view of the bay, the growth of evergreens.  We often don’t speak at first, so as to hear songs of surrounding birds and choruses of frogs in March.  With almost forty years of this vernal ritual, there is nothing I anticipate with more morning hope than spotting the first trillium.  I begin looking in February with that same devotion as Lent.  No coincidence, for the trillium has long been my flower of Easter.

                 My mother gave me the word and the expectation, along with the warning not to pick these delicate woodland flowers.  She envisioned the trillium as a sign of Easter.  It usually blooms around Easter Sunday, no matter how the calendar keeps shifting the holiday forward or back by a few weeks.  It is the flower itself wherein she saw Easter symbolized.  The three petaled leaf was the cross on which Jesus was nailed.  The round, yellow center, the stamen, or carpel, represented the crown of thorns placed on Christ’s head.  Her explanation meant for me tragedy in beauty or beauty in tragedy.  And even though our trilliums return generally to the same area along our woodland trail, their protrusion always surprises as much as gratifies. I value their delicate promise at the same time I mourn their brief stay on Earth.

            Mother and I are not alone in attributing meaning to trilliums.  Online, you can look up the flower to find that in many cultures the triparted petals symbolize the spiritual value of three: mind, body, and spirit, or fertility, creation, and resurrection.  The flower literally brings forth new life on its own with the help of pollinators (ants, not bees). Its life holds the delicate balance of an ecosystem, if it is left alone in a native habitat.

              Despite our late cold and rainy March, this Eastertide delivered its promise of resurrection with three clusters of trilliums as I walked the morning trail before returning to the cottage for breakfast and zooming in to the church Easter service.  My husband had already walked ahead and waited on the bench beside the creek that spills with a comforting gurgle to a small pond surrounded by the call and response of frogs. I walked alone on the cedar-chipped trail between ferns I knew needed clipping back and under my beloved katsura tree with its tiny heart-shaped leaves.  I felt both alone and connected to the natural world as I thought, “One woman, one path.” How nature feeds us with meaning for our own lives.  

              A few yards from the bench where my husband sat, I spotted on a decaying log a cluster of fluff — duck feathers fallen from the tops of Doug firs where eagles were roosting.  I stopped to absorb feelings of loss explained with reality – eagles need food too.  Then I walked on to meet my husband waiting for me on the bench.  We sat silently beyond the carnage, surrounded by decomposing leaves where we spotted the first trillium.