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.

tree with roots and branchesRacial justice at UCUCC has entered a new phase. Accordingly, this seemed a good moment to describe the phase and how we got here. As I worked on that description my efforts were grabbed by a metaphor that refused to let go. Resistance was futile but be warned: metaphor may occasionally trump chronology.

A number of years ago, Pastor Peter Ilgenfritz felt a compelling need for UCUCC to address the issue of racial justice. He saw an opening when the Church Council of Greater Seattle offered a workshop to be attended by teams from local congregations. Three of us joined Pastor Peter for “Racial Justice as a Spiritual Imperative,” presented by Heather Hackman.

That invitation planted the seed for all that followed. The four of us met repeatedly to figure how to grow that seed. We came up with two major actions:.

  1. We called an open meeting for folks interested in working on the issue.
  2. We scheduled a workshop of our own, at which Diane Schmitz and Cynthia Macleod helped us begin to start finding our way. We were much encouraged both by the number of people interested and how wonderful they were. From Diane and Cynthia we learned a huge amount.

One particularly strong message from Cynthia and Diane: “Don’t try to move too fast.” In other words, grow a good, strong set of roots before you try for the more spectacular and visible growth. We did that by staying pretty low key and working mostly within the community that presented itself spontaneously. Eventually, though, we began to feel ready to grow up and out. We put out a survey to determine where the congregation as a whole stood on racial justice activism and were encouraged.

About this time the downside of our choice to be low key emerged: the Youth Group decided we were doing nothing at all and turned their splendid energy on an effort to get the church to display a Black Lives Matter banner. The church leadership explained that such a demonstration was appropriate only if it genuinely represented the congregation. The survey made that probable, but to make it solid and official we formulated and presented a congregational resolution to be a Racial Justice Church, which passed with flying colors at a congregational meeting on August 4, 2019.

With that, the needs were clearer and more visible, though still of course (as they always will be) infinite. The racial justice activist group set itself to supporting branches growing in a bunch of directions, some old, some new, from book groups small and large to justice outreach via the Northwest Community Bail Fund. It still felt, though, as if the mandate of the steering committee were to find ways to branch and things to encourage people to do.

Most recently our perceptions have been opened out and broadened, and with it our inspiration. With the recent alteration of the leadership structure our racial justice steering committee has welcomed into our midst, with great joy, Pastor Amy Roon. With her much wider vision of what’s going on in the church she made us conscious that there are many branches growing beyond the ones that we have been particularly responsible for, and that all of them should be nurtured.

So our new mission (and here any arborist will cringe) is to make sure that all those branches grow through each other (entwine their twigs?!), strengthen the growth of the whole tree and keep it green and growing.

This new mission has also changed our perspective on our monthly meetings. Hitherto the major focus has been on projects launched from within the group — how they are going and how to improve them and extend them. The ideas and the conversations have been excellent, but they could be, and should be, even wider and richer. So our next goal is to entice in more people and listen and share and grow in all sorts of directions. We are looking forward to that!

 – Submitted by Ginger Warfield