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.

When all our services were digital, announcements were a wash of text at the beginning of the service. It was a consistent place to put information out to the congregation, but it wasn’t an effective use of the medium. Around late spring of 2021 Pastor Steve and Kyna Shilling began defining the scope of how our communications methods could benefit with some visual elements. We crafted a framework for values and ministries and started seeking out graphic artists to engage this work.

The original inspiration was thinking about the way the rose window in the sanctuary conveyed important aspects of the church for when it was installed. We knew we had our five areas of ministry and consistent values. With a starting point for the project, we sought out BIPOC designers to work on this project. We went through a couple revisions and starting using the values symbols in worship materials on Christmas Eve.

We are an intergenerational church.

The mountains represent the journey we take in our life of faith. The sun or moon phases mark different seasons in our life.

 

 

We are open and affirming.

Early drafts of a traditional rainbow symbol were looking more like a children’s ministry design, so a new format was constructed. The structure reflects a trinity symbol to root this icon in religious imagery. The rainbow gradients represent diversity in sexuality and the corners of the logo have gender symbols for gender diversity.

We are a creation care congregation.

Invoking the movement of the 3Rs symbol, this icon carries the elements of earth, water, and air. The plug and lightbulb ties us to conversations around power and lifestyle. (We also want to note that the “Sacred Earth Matters” action team has a design they use; this design is intended to reflect work beyond the action team throughout the congregation.

We are a racial justice church.

The solidarity fist is the primary symbol, recognizing the path to racial equity is with collective power. The shapes are various skin tones carrying a sense of interrelatedness within the work. All of these values images use multiple color schemes, reinforcing the notion that these values intersect with all aspects of the congregation. Look for the color versions in various digital communications.

Calling and Engagement

The boat invokes the occupations of some of the first disciples and the call to become fishers of people. This particular design comes directly from the rose window. The rose window description states “the cross and ship [is] the symbol of the ecumenical church.”

 

Christian Formation

Several books are coupled with a butterfly. The books reflect our connection in a university neighborhood, and our belief that God is Still Speaking; recognizing that scripture is not the only place where wisdom is revealed. In addition to the books, the butterfly reflects the movement of faith and is a symbol of new life and resurrection.

Stewardship and Administration

Lighthouses exist to help sailors navigate. They help illuminate dangers. Using an internal light and the right tools, that light is cast outward for others to see. Wisdom and Christ itself are identified as spiritual sources of illumination, an important element in this icon.

 

Love and Justice

On Holy Thursday, Jesus poured water to wash the feet of the disciples. Jesus then instructed them to wash one another’s feet. This is an act of intimacy and humility. The pitcher has remained a symbol of those who tend to the needs of others.

 

Worship and Music

The shell is a symbol of baptism, the first sacrament of the church. In baptism we receive the gift of grace and our identity as Christians. Coupled with the shell are hands in a praying position, a personal and communal expression of worship.

Clarity in communication

These icons are designed to be tools to support communication about the church. Creating a cohesive style across the ministries and values is a challenging task. We recognize that a different process might have landed with a different icon to represent a ministry and value. We are inviting ministries to sit with these designs for a while, recognizing how it fits into a whole. We have a positive relationship with our designer Kristina Rivera and if in 6 or 12 months a revision is necessary we can re-engage her.