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.

Grace and peace to you on this summer day. Your pastors continue to miss seeing you all in person, and we continue to hold you all in prayer even at physical distance. As we near completion of 5 months of keeping our building in an essential function mode, we continue as church in worship, connection, learning, and service. We have always been open.

Our sacred mission remains as the life of the world continues. The COVID-19 pandemic joined us rather swiftly and we remember from March the need to respond to rapidly changing conditions. It was a time to shift into a kind of extra gear trying to keep up with events and alter our ways of working and communing. In some ways, to use a running analogy, it was a sprint. As any marathon runner will tell you, there is a sort of hurried pace at the beginning of many events as the runner seeks to shift their body into running mode and to find their stride amidst the conditions and people present. However, after a while, the runner finds that sustainable stride, finds that pace for the long run. Sprinting cannot be maintained if the runner wishes to finish the race, nor will stopping and waiting for different conditions be a way to finish the race.

We encourage us all to find our long run church pace in this marathon of COVID-19 and in the pandemics of racism, inequality, and environmental degradation. These pandemics call for a faithful response of resistance, sustained resistance. In this last week we lost two profound leaders. John Lewis and C.T Vivian were among the American heroes whose resistance to racial injustice and economic inequality was sustained for decades, with the support of communities maintaining a “long run” pace. In naming Lewis and Vivian, we call to mind a passage from the Book of Hebrews: “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, . . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

The COVID pandemic will continue for a while. It is wise for us to find our sustainable stride of altered church life in the months to come so that we can continue to create, connect, and serve a ministry that seeks transformation of these unholy pandemics assaulting God’s Creation and God’s people. Runners know that one way to find and maintain a sustainable pace is to run with others, who will match them stride for stride, encourage one another when we grow weary, and lift up one another when anyone stumbles.

We are on a sacred journey, and we continue to find ways to sustain and pace one another each week. We know this is hard. We know that each of you has your own individual or family struggle in this time. We know that any runner at any time might “hit a wall.”  And we are here for you. Please reach out to us and let us know how you are doing.

Let’s run this race together. Let’s keep moving.

Your pastors and running buddies,

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf