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.

Dear Friends in Christ, grace and peace to you.

We your pastors write with broken hearts to again lament the shootings of Black men by police this week, in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Lafayette, Louisiana. In Kenosha, it was Jacob Blake (father, son, uncle, cousin) who was shot in the back at near point-blank range, while he tried to enter the car where his young children were sitting. He may be paralyzed from the waist down from the injury. In Lafayette, Trayford Pellerin had only a knife and was running away from police before being shot and killed by police.

We name clearly that, as seen again in the Wisconsin protests, white people brandishing weapons are not apprehended nor even admonished, but an unarmed Black man is shot seven times.

This is the sinful distortion of racism.

As people take to the streets in the aftermath of these shootings, there is rhetoric about the protection of property and the need to follow police officer directives. Focus on these is also the sinful distortion of racism.

Most importantly, we name that the God we see and know in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (a brown-skinned man who was killed by state-sanctioned violence) stands against the sin of racism and calls those of us not yet fully seeing to awaken into awareness and resistance. For all people of faith, especially white people of faith, this is a sober time of prayerful lament, of proclamation of a different future, of raising personal consciousness and of taking collective antiracist action. If you are a person of color, know that the God of Liberation sees the gift that you are and is with you always. If you are a white person, know that the God of Liberation s fervently calling you to participate in this movement of liberation. As we each are able, we all can be a part of this movement of the Holy Spirit by learning and raising our consciousness (of implicit bias and systemic racism), by praying and by voting, by giving money and by volunteering time, by showing up at vigils and protests, and by supporting those doing the heavy lifting of change.

We invite those who are able to join us this Sunday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for a Black Lives Matter vigil, on the corners of NE 45th Street and 15th Ave NE outside our church building. This vigil is mask mandatory, and we will be standing socially distant by family groups. As a Racial Justice church, we are called to lift our voices with those crying out for justice.

The Beloved Community of God’s Dream is calling.
Spirit invites us all to answer.

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