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.

This past week, partly to escape the negative cloud of current news, I re-watched the film version of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  I was struck by the parallel between Narnia’s 100 years of bitter, relentless winter and our recent years, especially this pandemic year.  It has indeed been a long winter.

As a new member of Mwanzo’s board, I have been scrambling to deepen my understanding of Mwanzo’ s mission, vision, and work.  Then I started to wonder… how has the village of Rabuor experienced and endured this winter?  Had the Mwanzo Education Center (MEC) closed?  Was virtual learning even possible in Rabuor?  What about the other programs that support subsistence farming and planting trees?  How about the Village Savings and Loan program that had birthed Mwanzo’s catering service, and the poultry project?

Through conversations with Loyce Ong’udi, founder and Executive Director of Mwanzo and reading reports from Jonathan Aluoka, the Kenya Country Manager of Mwanzo and Margaret Otieno, the Headteacher at the MEC, I learned that hope does indeed have a home through Mwanzo, even during this dark pandemic winter.

Kenya has reported 102,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,776 deaths as of Jan 28,2021.  Rabuor has not escaped the ravages of this disease.  Fortunately, this beloved community has a deep cultural legacy of mutual support and interdependence.  For generations they have absolutely depended on this foundation which was critical to surviving the last generation’s devastating HIV/AIDS pandemic.

When COVID compelled the Kenya Ministry of Education to close schools in March 2020, MEC teachers and staff quickly pivoted in response.  Previously, the more than 200 students had received two nutritious meals each day at school. Women raised crops on subsistence farms and regularly took any surplus to market where they bartered and sold for needed supplies. The pandemic halted their weekly entrepreneurial meetings, church and school gatherings as well as the ability to go to market. Instead of attending school, many children returned to work in the fields.

Mrs. Ogweno

Delighted with gifts received: Rhoda Ogweno lost all but one of her children to HIV/AIDS but has made it her life’s purpose to care for others. She is the primary caregiver for six grandchildren.

Although school was closed, teachers continued to work using the new printer to create homework for distribution to students. They also identified families with the highest need and began to deliver food, texts and story books and other supplies as they followed up with students.  Without phone or internet service, they sometimes walked six kilometers to visit homes. By September, 200 families had received assistance! Mwanzo also coordinated community outreach education about sanitization, health and safety measures and COVID-19 symptoms. Mwanzo’s donors, and an emergency relief grant to Mwanzo from One Day’s Wages, made much of this possible.

Headteacher Margaret Otieno recalled in September, “All in all, the gifting process has been a big blessing to many families and personally touched me and the Mwanzo staff, our parents, and the community as a whole…many lives have been changed by  the food and various gifts such as masks and sanitizer.  We have put smiles on people’s faces and hearts.”

In October, Kenya’s schools reopened for children in grades that would sit for exams at the end of the academic year.  For MEC, this meant 4th graders returned to the classroom. They instituted many of the safeguards we are accustomed to seeing including temperature taking, masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing.  Thank God that the 40,000-liter underground cisterns built by the community’s skilled workers in 2018-19 with Mwanzo support, had collected rainwater for the school and made frequent hand washing possible. There was so much rejoicing!

On January 4, the MEC reopened all classes, starting with 70 students.  By the end of the month, enrollment had blossomed to 225.  The staff and teachers have truly cultivated seeds of hope through this dark pandemic winter. With support, the school and community are showing that they can find their way through.

I’m beginning to realize that the people of Rabuor can show us how to survive our own economic, cultural and spiritual winters. Haven’t recent years taught us how much trouble we are in?  Lilla Watson, a Murri artist, activist and academic working in the field of women’s issues in Australia, eloquently said,

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time,

 but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with

 mine, then let us work together.”

When I first heard this strong statement, I was challenged to expand my understanding of charitable giving.  My intent now is to be changed through giving and building relationship with another.  If you share this perspective or feel drawn to explore what it means, I invite you to learn more about Mwanzo on our website:  www.mwanzo.org, and by talking with any UCUCC member of the Mwanzo board.

We have loyal and generous donors who have been sustaining Mwanzo over the years.  They have inspired us to welcome others into this circle. Mwanzo is initiating a sustained giving program, encouraging monthly donations to provide a steady income stream to support teacher salaries and other monthly program expenses.  Join me in becoming part of our “Circle of Hope” for as little as $5 per month!   (insert logo picture, #3)

Submitted by Rose Morrison, Mwanzo Board Member