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.

Baptism 

 

 

 

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”

When I lead retreats and ceremonies, I often begin with an invocation inspired by First Nation sensibilities that calls in all the compass directions as expressions of Divine power. Like the four winds that Ezekiel named, this is a way to honor the wholeness of creation and the wholeness of being, to include all of the cycles and seasons of life. The East is a place of beginning where the sun rises and the West is a place of endings where the sun sets.

And so it is with cycles of ministry including mine at UCUCC: I began here in January of 2019 and I leave at the end of this January of 2021. I came to the church to be a Bridge Minister, to serve the church in a journey of discernment and transition, to help bridge the gap between the ministry of Pastor Peter and the ministry of the next called pastor, whom we now know is Reverend Steve Jerbi. Our journey together is nearly complete. It is time for an ending and a beginning of another journey for UCUCC and for me.

First, I want to say thank you! From the very first Sunday, Allison and I experienced welcome. You have supported me with temporary housing (14 moves!), with encouraging presence, and with an openness to the expression of my gifts. In my office, I have numerous expressions of your thanks and support. Second, I want to say I have learned a lot. I came to learn what it was like to minister in a large church setting and to serve on a collaborative team. And I learned so much more including deepening my understanding of antiracism consciousness and my sense of what it takes to ‘future’ a congregation.

Just as I have helped your journey of transition, I have been on my own journey of transition to a new ministry project with my wife Allison. We have begun an inter-spiritual network and community, The Sanctuary for Sacred Union, dedicated to the personal and collective wholeness that heals the separations and polarizations that underlie what ails humanity. It is a call that has been building for years and became clear and strong while I have served UCUCC. We begin 2021 with a leap of faith into this new venture.

UCUCC is poised as well as any congregation can be to engage an emerging future. I encourage you to stay in conversation with the Futures Report and to embrace its guiding tagline for the church: Living the Transformative Adventure of God’s Love and Justice. As we enter the Age of the Spirit, vital churches will help members to meet the unfolding of personal and collective life with transforming spiritual practices to experience God’s love, Divine forgiveness and healing, and inspire the transforming commitment and courage to act for the coming of God’s Kin-dom on earth.

My last Sunday with you will be January 31st.

So, with joy and a little sadness, with faith and anticipation, and with an always-place for UCUCC and Seattle in my heart, I bid you all a farewell and Godspeed.

Blessings,Pastor Todd

Todd Smiedendorf

 

Would you share with us a remembrance of Pastor Todd’s ministry with UCUCC? We are gathering gratitudes which we will use in worship throughout the month of January.
Please respond to the following prompts:
Because Todd was our pastor,
I (we) learned…
I (we) wonder more about…
I (we) had fun doing…
I’m (we’re) thankful for….
I (we) will always…
I (we) commit to…
Upload words, photos, and videos celebrating Todd here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/LQ5gtw5hw0jW4zqckr5D

 

 

In this time of physical separation, we can’t have a celebration for Todd in Ostrander Hall – instead, we will have several Zoom opportunities to drop in and say hello, share a story or two, and bless his future travels. Please mark your calendar for these dates. The links can be found in our weekly Monday and Friday emails, or you can email zoom@universityucc.org to request them. 

  • Thursday 21st 9:00 am 
  • Monday the 25th at 7:00 pm  
  • Wednesday the 27th at 1:00 pm  
  • Thursday the 28th at 4:00 pm  
  • Sunday, January 31st Coffee Hour after worship  

Todd asks that any gifts of appreciation be in the form of a donation to Mwanzo – you can donate online by going to our website and clicking on the “give” button. Choose Mwanzo in the dropdown menu, and then make a note in the memo space that your donation is in appreciation of Pastor Todd.