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 in Christ,

Grace and peace to you.

Despite the pandemic and its necessary changes, life continues; the cycle of the seasons, the daily necessities of work and home life, another school cycle, and more. For some, the changes may seem small. For some, they are life-altering. Maybe it’s a mix for others. Moving into our seventh pandemic month, we wonder how well and in what ways those new ways are working in our community and our church to meet human and non-human needs and dynamics. Connection and communication are two of the biggest ever-present needs.

Relative to church, we want to hear your thoughts and opinions in this time. We are asking that you answer these surveys regarding worshipcommunication, and the ongoing pastoral search. Relative to the community and our congregation, we particularly know that our ways of connecting and communicating have been altered. Our COVID-19 Action Team at church is tracking and planning the path to safe re-gathering in large groups of friends and members in our building at some future point. We know that time has not yet arrived and will not come for months. For this, we can wait.

Yet life continues and will not wait. The social and political moment in our nation will not wait. Those in need will not wait. Many of the moments of our lives will not wait. So, we as a church will not wait. We will continue as a congregation to connect and communicate, worship and serve. Online worship and groups continue. We stand vigil for justice. Ministries continue to meet and move forward. Parish Aid and community grant monies are being sent out. Congregants call each other and visit safely outdoors.

We are called to continue to be relevant to each other and to the world around us, local and global. We are called to continue to live out our covenant;
seeking, responding, worshiping, welcoming, living responsibly, sharing, caring, praying, encouraging, proclaiming Good News, and promoting justice and peace. Whether the expression be personal or communal, these faithful covenant intentions will not manifest without all of us leaning into continued connection and communication.

Dedicated volunteers will again be making congregation-wide phone calls, and we also we encourage each of you to keep in touch with each other, within and outside of our congregation. Find and practice those altered ways of communication and connection. Make that call. Write that card. Type that email. Send that text. Join that class. Make that outdoor visit. All in service of our covenant and God’s Dream of the Beloved Community.

And as always, please reach out to any of us if you have a need we can meet. Our contact information is below. Life continues and so does our call to commune and connect, even if in new ways.

Blessings,

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf

Click here to access all three congregational surveys