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.

Friends,

God’s grace, peace, and justice to you, in the places you inhabit, and within God’s Creation.

As we enter our sixth month continuing to be church in a physically distanced way, with our building serving essential functions, we are mindful of the many differing situations in which people are experiencing this period.
For some, there is little change because they were already mostly at home.
For essential workers, they have had great changes of procedure and pressure in their work situation. For others, isolation and stress have increased, or income and employment have decreased. Once again, what we have seen reported is that people of color and the poor are being disproportionately, perversely affected.

All the more reason people would be in the streets trying to disrupt a status quo of inequality during these times. How are you experiencing that reality of protests in the Seattle area? For many, it is mediated through media coverage, a news story disconnected from one’s neighborhood or immediate relationships. For others, it is personal and immediate in action and emotion
and implication. The arrival of federal agents to Seattle recently increased the sense of tension. Talking about race and racial injustice can also increase tension in predominantly white communities and congregations. Without realizing it, those of us who are used to calm and order may find ourselves wishing that protests could happen in a less disruptive or destructive way.

Yet, that preference for calm and order reminds us of Rev. Dr. King’s profound prophetic statement in the Letter from a Birmingham Jail. He wrote directly to well-meaning, moderate white churches and their leaders who criticized him for disturbing the peace of their city. Said King, “I am not afraid of the word tension. I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” 
Our predominantly white congregation would do well to re-read King’s letter and take heed, lest we drift into the same complacency and resistance to a constructive tension that moves us towards the changes we say we want, the change that the Holy Spirit seeks out. While property damage and violence from the few (often instigated by anti-Black Lives Matter individuals) is indeed undesired and unfortunate, but violence against human beings is the real evil. The litany of deaths of unarmed people of color at the hands of police and other authorities, and the continued disproportionate burdens for people of color are of profoundly greater concern. So, we, as ministers of the Gospel, support the nonviolent protesters and their attempts to generate a creativetension that interrupts this system and brings energy to the process of change.
Perhaps our faithful response to the pandemics of injustice might have the same urgency of the protesters and the public health crisis we now endure.

Here are ways you can support change:

  • If you want to participate in person, here is a calendar of local Black Lives Matter protests. There are also nonviolent trainings to help educate those who are protesting on responding to police violence.
  • The Northwest Community Bail Fund is seeking donations and volunteers. This UCUCC partner organization is doing important work helping local protestors who have been arrested while exercising their right to protest.
  • Black Lives Matter Seattle King County is a important resource in our community, and UCUCC member Livio De La Cruz is on their Board of Directors. Check out their “Protestor Safety Guide” and support their comprehensive set of policy demands.
  • The Seattle Covid-19 Mutual Aid Fund has been a big organizer in the BLM protests, working to provide medical supplies to the volunteer protest medics. They also have volunteer opportunities.
  • The Pink Umbrella Medical Collective is collecting water, snacks, masks, hand sanitizer, medical supplies, and gas cards to support local protestors (here’s the story of how the pink umbrella became a symbol of Seattle protests).
  • Join the mailing list of King County Equity Now, a coalition of accountable, black-led, community-based organizations fighting to achieve equity. Seek out and listen to local Black community leaders. 
  • If you have a car, the larger protests have use for volunteer drivers who can transport injured protestors to the hospital.
  • Write to your local city council members, the mayor, and other local and state government officials, supporting Black Lives Matter demands for reforms in policing, education, community resource, justice systems and for an acknowledgment that racism is a public health crisis. Here’s how to contact them.
  • Engage your mind. Continue to learn and explore the issues that fuel these protests. Have conversations with your friends, neighbors, and family members. Share what you’ve learned. Build networks of support and accountability.
  • Support Black-owned businesses. Where you spend your money matters. Build anti-racist patterns into your everyday life.
  • Finally, let’s stand together for the common good. This Sunday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm we invite you to bring a Black Lives Matter sign and let’s gather on the corners of 15th and 45th for a BLM Vigil. We ask that all participants wear masks, and we will stand six feet apart.

As a Racial Justice Church, we invite our whole community to take action and live into God’s call for justice, in whatever ways you can.

Blessings,
Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf