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.

As the guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin came in I was swept with emotions. They actually started when I heard jury deliberations were finished. A familiar twist in my gut returned – the feeling when Milwaukee was waiting for the name of the officer that killed Dontre Hamilton to be released; the feeling of the DA announcing he was declining to press charges; the feeling when the U.S. Department of Justice announced they would not open a civil rights case in the death of Dontre. It was the tears I shed with the family. It was the resilience of a movement undeterred by a pattern and practice of injustice. It was a tension of preparing and bracing for a not guilty verdict.

It was the feeling I held when I met with Craig Stingley, Corey Stingley’s father. It was the feeling I had praying with Debra Jenkins, mother of Larry Jenkins. It was the community marching for Brandon Johnson, Derek Williams. It was the feeling holding vigil with the family of Jay Anderson.

None of these names became trending hashtags. Few of them got any notice outside a regional news story.

But these are families I carry in my heart and names emblazoned in my memory. Sacred lives, Black lives, stolen at the hands of police violence. None of them getting justice.

When I heard the news I was stunned. I was watching on Twitter and watch not as the foreman read the verdicts but the People in the streets who had been chanting the name of George Floyd and the cries, “If we don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.” The reaction from the front lines of resistance was first silence and then cheers. Soon chants of “All three counts! All three counts!” rang out. I was filled with love for the people in Minneapolis – the city that trained me to be a pastor and prepared me for my work in Milwaukee.

And then I thought of the families in Milwaukee. And the names of Daunte Wright and Iremamber Sykap, and Anthony Alvarez, and Travon Chadwell, Lindani Myeni, and Adam Toledo.

I fear Derek Chauvin has been offered up as a pawn in the chess game of policing that the American Empire is playing. Proof that the system works.

Meanwhile, in Ohio Ma’Khia Bryant was shot 4 times by the cops she called for help.

I thought the familiar twist was preparing me for the disappointment in the verdict. It was really just a reminder that “the whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

I began to wonder how as a congregation – as a predominately white institution – do we respond to this moment. I asked, “what leaders in the movement are we in relationship with?” and “what organizations do we look to in moments like this?”

We do know some leaders. We know some organizations. We are also not yet in deep enough relationships that those connection are intuitive and the foundation of our response. We were not in conversations with them even before the jury deliberated.

The only way I’ve found to untwist the feeling in my gut is to show up when Black leaders and organizations ask me to and then join in the ongoing solidarity work toward liberation.

May it be so,

Pastor Steve

Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, testifies at a Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission hearing after her son was killed by a Milwaukee Police Officer. Pastor Steve Jerbi stands behind offering support.
Photo Credit: Joe Brusky, January 2015