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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

“Never in my life did I think—.” In the past few years I’ve been prefacing many sentences with that phrase. “Never in my life did I think: Trump, pandemic, racial injustice, insurrection, mass shootings, climate change, Vladimir Putin.”

It’s too much. We find ourselves craving comfort—hence for many of us the COVID weight gain and TV binge watching.  We also yearn for inspiration and courage which perhaps explains the popularity of poetry. But what if we don’t have cable TV6 or poetry at our finger tips? Where else can we find courage, comfort, inspiration?

I’m not going to say the Bible. I know, I know, many of us find comfort and inspiration there but that is not where I’m going this week. Instead I take us to sunny—but freezing cold—Northern California.

I was there last week, walking in a park and came upon a bench with a plaque on it. It said something like, “Whenever you see a feather, a flower or a heart-shaped stone take these as signs that you are loved.” Then there was a date and a guy’s name. Clearly it was a memorial plaque. Was this person someone who saw signs everywhere? Or someone who missed them?

A feather, a flower, a heart-shaped stone. You are loved.

I’ve always felt that when we want to find something we have to be on the lookout for it. This sounds hideously obvious, but how many times have you heard someone say, “I wish I could find _______(fill in the blank),” but then they spend exactly zero time looking for it?

So when I returned to Seattle I went on a mission to search for signs that I am loved; for signs of comfort, inspiration and courage. To be clear, I know we all won’t agree on these signs. I found great inspiration watching a dog’s nostrils flare in and out as she breathed. It was amazing to me! But I know not everyone can appreciate a wet dog nose or the wonder of cream swirled in coffee or the smell of garlic cooking.

Once you start looking you’ll see signs everywhere—especially in Nature.  A feather, a flower, a heart-shaped stone. But you can find them indoors too. In Sunday worship, there was Vania dancing down the middle aisle in her bright blue blouse and ocean blue skirt. My first thought seeing her twirl by was, “In spite of it all we dance.” Courage! I looked around at the familiar faces of my church community—comfort! I listened to the choir singing together in harmony—inspiration!

So many things to encourage me—but then I was looking! So that must be our task: to keep our eyes open for signs of love, courage, comfort and inspiration.

And of course—there’s always the Bible!*

 

 

*Isaiah 40:8 :The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.