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.

Greetings Beloved Community-

We, your pastors, have made a commitment in this Covid time to reach out to you each week with a letter (an email, actually) to let you know that you are always in our hearts and on our minds. Perhaps you’ve noticed. We are determined to offer a pastoral word each week, by way of encouragement, connection, comfort and challenge. None of us have lived through such a time of extended crisis, although most of us have experienced all the feelings that are coming up– among which are grief, loneliness, isolation, discouragement, and a sense of being overwhelmed. We also know that many are experiencing renewed commitment, a clearer sense of purpose, and a focused energy. And we know all of those responses can exist within the same heart.

We know that being a part of a community, and having a personal and communal faith in something beyond ourselves that holds us in love and compassion, can help us face such a time as this. So we write, every week, for ourselves and for this congregation, offering again a connection to one another and a connection to faith.

Some weeks you might read every word of this letter. Other weeks you might not even have the time to open the email. ?Some weeks we may offer just what you need. Other weeks our words might resonate with someone else but not with you. Always, though, when you see “A note from your pastors” show up in your inbox, may you know we are here, offering our hearts to you all in solidarity in this time.

This week our attention as a nation has turned to politics, not only with political conventions of the nation’s two major parties unfolding over these two weeks, but also with the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex…”

Yet even as we celebrate this anniversary we recognize that it took another 40 years for that right to be extended to Black women in the South. And we recognize the efforts at voter suppression that are happening even now, which disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color.

As a community of faith, we are not partisan, but we are certainly political. That means we care about the ways justice shows up (or doesn’t) in our systems, our structures, and in our governance. It means we support voting rights for all. It means we encourage all who are eligible in our congregation to register and to vote. It also means we encourage one another to vote our values of compassion, inclusion, and social justice.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham, co-founder of Campaign Zero, an organization working to end police brutality, says, “If our movements are not as inclusive and equitable and just as the world we are trying to create, then we will get to the world we’ve created and realize we’ve left a lot of people behind.”
We wholeheartedly agree.

As people of faith, we are working through the grace and power of God to participate in God’s Kin-Dom. As you celebrate this week’s Centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, as you listen this week and next to the political conventions and to the values expressed there, and as you do your own work for love and justice in the world, know that we, your pastors, continue to pray for you and to cheer you on. May we be workers together in the vineyard, harvesting the abundance of God’s dream of community- inclusive, connected, and available to all.

As always, if you are in need of support, please reach out. Our contact information is included here.

Blessings,
Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf

Here is how to reach us: 
Catherine, gro.ccuytisrevinu@etoofc (206) 321-7604
Amy, gro.ccuytisrevinu@noora (206) 605-6893
Todd, gro.ccuytisrevinu@frodnedeimst (303) 882-9631