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.

May 18th, 2021

Dear UCUCC Members and Friends,

On December 1st, 2001, I began my ministry here with University Congregational United Church of Christ. I have loved being your pastor for over nineteen years.  Now I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring on November 30th 2021, as I complete twenty years of ministry here.

When I came to this congregation, I already knew of its long history of faithfulness and courage.  From living out what it means to be an Open and Affirming congregation, to a willingness to try a less hierarchical leadership structure with Team Ministry, to actively addressing homelessness needs in this region, I already had witnessed this congregation’s passion.  I was stepping into the life of a vibrant and bold community.

And now we have been together for almost twenty years.  I have delighted in the ways we have imagined, and lived out, love and justice.  I have been blessed to lead you in worship, Bible study, Christian formation, social justice action, and congregational care.  I have been privileged to walk with you in times of intense sorrow and tremendous joy. It has been delightful having you out to my farm for Apple Day and Lamb Day, for workdays and for retreats, and all the other farm time visits we have had.  I appreciate the ways we are currently working to answer the call of Jesus to be a racial justice church, and what we are all learning about what it takes to dismantle a supremacy culture and continue to create a kin-dom culture.  Through it all I have watched your big heart grow bigger, your vibrancy shine, and your understanding of walking this Jesus Path deepen.

Over the next seven months, as we conclude our time together, I will continue to be your pastor and leader.  Some of that will look the same, as I work with our Love and Justice Outreach ministry and our Calling, Engagement, and Community ministry.  I will continue to preach and lead Bible study and participate in other formation opportunities.  I will continue to show up at our monthly Common Good vigils.  I will continue to care for and pray for you in times of trial and in times of joy.

I also know that some of what I do will be different, as we say goodbye.  In this pandemic time when we can’t have large meetings, we will still have a chance for smaller, outdoor gatherings.  I will be hosting several on my farm throughout the summer.  We will also plan gatherings in Seattle for those who cannot come to the farm.  And we will have some Zoom time as well.  Details of these plans will be in our church newsletter, on our Facebook page, and in our worship announcements and updates.

On November 30th as I move into retirement and my connection with this congregation in my role as pastor comes to an end, professional ethics require that I cease contact with you for a season. I will not be available in any pastoral role after that date.  This is so you all can make room for new connections and for the new work to which you will be called.  It also will allow my successor the opportunity to step fully into ministry with you.

I know that God is still speaking to and through this congregation.  You have faithful leaders who will guide you as you discern your next steps as a beloved community.  You will always be in my heart and in my prayers.  I deeply love this congregation and am grateful for our time together. I will miss you.

Blessings,
Catherine