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.

Photo by Maya Nussenzweig

One of the reasons I love being a hospital chaplain is because there have been several times where I’ve said something and then thought, “Wow. I didn’t know I knew that. I must be channeling Spirit.” This usually happens when the person I’m with reacts in a powerful way to what I’m saying. This happened last week.

I was with a very sweet man I’ll call James who was in a terrible pain crisis. It was all he could do to talk without whimpering. I asked if wanted me to come back later, but no, he really wanted me to stay. He wanted to talk about God and why God put him in the middle of a “s**t storm.”

“I moved my mother here from her home country so that I could care for her,” he said. We have three boys at home—ten to sixteen. Wife’s a nurse. It was going okay, but then my mother had a heart attack. My wife did CPR on her until the medics arrived. But they couldn’t revive her.”

“Oh, I am sorry,” I said.  “When did this happen?”


Yesterday?!” I was shocked. No wonder he felt like he was in a s**t storm: he’s in tremendous physical pain, trapped in a hospital, powerless to help his family and his mother just died.

“And you know what is worst of all?” he asked.  “My sons were there and they will have to relive that moment over and over for the rest of their lives.”

I thought about this and in my mind saw his wife trying so hard to resuscitate her mother-in-law. And then there were three boys watching all this. How did they see it?

I said gently, “The thing is, we don’t know how your sons perceived it. Maybe your sons will say, “I will remember that day where my mama was so strong and brave and did CPR on Grandma.’ Perhaps another son will say, ‘I remember how my brother put his arm around me and held me and that moment I knew he would always have my back.’

He nodded. “I see, I see.”

“And we don’t know how they will remember it. Because how they remember it now won’t be the same as how they remember twenty years from now.”

“Yeah, yeah.” His eyes filled with tears. “Thank you.”

And that is when I felt as if I must be channeling Spirit because I don’t think I could have come up with that all by myself.

The next day I was editing an episode of my podcast. I always start off each episode with what I think of as a really insightful quote from my guest. My guest for this episode was Julie Davis, who was a member of our church before she moved.

She said, “I can’t really do anything about the past, but I can do something about the narrative I have about it and how I hold that.” And that’s when it hit me: I was not channeling Spirit, I was channeling Julie Davis. How could I have forgotten not only that she said that, but that I chose those exact words for the opening?

So yes, Julie was channeling Spirit and therefore so was I. Her words flowed into me and then into James and who knows where they go from there?  Spirit is like a river flowing through one person to another and our words of love, inspiration, challenge or comfort, can change lives forever.

That is why sharing words in any form can be a deeply intimate act of communication. There are ripples and eddies of consequence that flow not just from our words, but our actions and our thoughts.

God is still speaking, especially in the midst of a storm.