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 – and 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.

Maybe you heard last Sunday morning’s NPR story about journalist Cooper Nelson and how he started a local newsletter in Loveland, Colorado. He charged $5 a month for a subscription, with a guarantee that all funds raised would be donated to Colorado food banks. The kicker for the story is that Nelson is nine years old.

The interview with Cooper Nelson was delightful, in that way that Lulu Garcia-Navarro has with almost everyone she talks with, and is worth listening to. What I liked the most, though, was the question she asked at the conclusion of the segment: “What advice do you have for other journalists?”

Nelson didn’t hesitate. “Don’t give up, try your hardest, and make it fun,” he said.

If I had to summarize the ideals I aim for in my ministry, in my work as a shepherd, and in fact in all of life, these three principles would be at the top. To hear them from the mouth of a nine-year-old certainly got my attention.

“Don’t give up.” In UCC speak this could be translated, “God is still speaking.” In my ministry and shepherding worlds, though, and probably in Nelson’s journalist world as well, it does not mean stubbornly insisting on pushing forward in the same direction no matter what. It means hanging in there when things don’t go as expected, staying faithful and flexible, sometimes stepping back and looking at the situation from a whole different perspective. “Don’t give up” might even, sooner or later, mean giving up. That is, giving up the “same old way” of doing a thing so I can actually get somewhere. Anyone who has tried to find a lost lamb on a rainy night, or to walk with a friend through a difficult time, gets the “don’t give up” part of Nelson’s advice. I would suggest that all of us dealing with this global pandemic year get it too.

“Try your hardest” This one actually sounds exhausting, until I remember that in UCC speak it is all about “grace.” I believe we’re each doing the best we can, and none of us is doing anything perfectly. I am not a perfect shepherd, I am not a perfect pastor, I am not a perfect person. But I do try. I try hard. And in the end, when my “try hard” strength gives out, I am always, always, met by God’s strength, God’s grace and God’s love.

“Have fun.” This has been a favorite principle of mine for most of my life. I remember about five years ago sitting in a circle with a dozen other west coast pastors, sharing what passions shape our ministries. I heard my colleagues talk about their work for justice, their love of people, their energy for preaching. When my turn came, I said “I am a pastor because it is fun.”

Everyone there was surprised, and one colleague in particular was aghast. “Come on,” she said. “You can’t be serious. I don’t think you’re that shallow.”

In retrospect, perhaps I should have used the word “joy.” I do what I do because it feels worthwhile, even when it is difficult. I do what I do because even at the end of the hardest days, there is a thread of contentment. As a shepherd, as a pastor, and as a person I delight in life. All of that is fun. All of that is joyful.

So there you go. Advice from a nine-year-old that resonates with a sixty-nine-year-old.

And then Nelson, good journalist that he is, asked the award winning Garcia-Navarro the same question back. “What advice would you give a young journalist?”

I don’t know her age, but it certainly she is somewhere in between nine and sixty nine. I think she, like me, was genuinely taken by the advice she had just heard. “Everything you’ve already said, Cooper.” Then she added, “Doing something that you really enjoy with people you like.”

And those words resonate too. It’s what I get to do every day.