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.

June 27, 2020

Grace and Peace, Friends.

Your pastors continue with you on this pandemic journey of being church.
What will we learn? What can we create? What must we grieve?
How might we continue to connect, nurture and serve?

Indeed, these questions of faith are particularly present and poignant in a pandemic as we witness the persistence and long arc of COVID-19. We see the increase in infections nationally and worldwide, revealing lack of resource, lack of sharing, and lack of coordination for the common good in so many places. We see the injustice of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on those already marginalized. Life will not soon, if ever, totally return to what it was. It remains to be seen how much of this new reality will be worthy of celebration and how much we will regret and grieve.

Amidst this reality, we come back to our faithful commitment to the common good. We commit to identify and dismantle systemic racism within our communities. We commit to examine our intentions and our actions, to listen and learn, and to work for justice. We covenant to care for and pray for each other in trials of the spirit and in times of joy. We have a Parish Care Committee that is dedicated to seeing that care is given and needs are met. From individual donations and church leaders reallocating monies on hand, our Parish Aid Fund has grown tenfold in recent months! (If you feel called to do so, you can support that fund here). The Parish Aid Fund has already helped members with food, utilities, and housing. Do not let a prescription expire, delay attending to medical/physical need, or let a necessary bill lapse. As always, you can request meals, prayers, someone to call on you (a lay member or a minister), and other forms of support from your church community.

So, if you are experiencing a physical, financial or spiritual trial, you are encouraged to contact or any of the ministers. Please do not hesitate to ask for help. We are your church community and we are dedicated to supporting you in times of need as well as times of joy. Particularly during these times of extra and unexpected challenges brought on by the pandemic, reach out to the church. We are here for you.

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf

God of Providence and Grace, in a spirit of memory, thanksgiving, and hope:
We covenant with You and with one another;
To seek and respond to Your word and will, made known and to be made known;
To worship You in unity and diversity, welcoming everyone;
To live responsibly within Your creation, sharing with gratitude the gifts we are given;
To care for and pray for each other, in trials of the spirit and in times of joy;
To encourage each other in the growth of our minds and spirits;
To promote Your reign of justice and peace, meeting hate with reconciling love; and to reject the false gods of society, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus.
O God help us and be with us.