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 Beloved Community,

As we write to you, fires are raging across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Smoke has blanketed Puget Sound. Forests have burned, homes have been destroyed, and lives have been lost. We know that the fires have directly affected some of you who are reading this. Our prayers are offered for you, and for all who are being affected by this disaster. We also continue to commit ourselves to climate action and climate justice, as we see the increased urgency of this work.

In this fire season the value of lives and of shelter is highlighted. So far the news we have of our UCC church in Malden is that their building survived the fire with minimal damage. Our Conference Minister Mike Denton continues to reach out to churches across the Pacific Northwest, and to our UCC Conferences in Oregon and California in response to the fires across the west.

As a part of our justice work in the world and here in Seattle, we are continuing to offer our building as a place of ministry.  The UCUCC Child Care programs, which include the Child Learning and Care Center and the Trettin Drop-In Childcare Center continue to operate. In this time when childcare continues to be a critical need, and as programs and childcare centers across the country are under significant financial stress, our September Special Offering is designated to benefit these programs. Another way our building is being used is for a Day Center to serve unsheltered youth in the University District, and to provide meals to youth through Teen Feed. We are grateful to our partners at the University District Youth Center and at Teen Feed who help make these ministries possible. We are also grateful to those who care for our facilities, including our Facilities Committee and our Facilities Staff, led by Sione Tu’ihalamaka and including Joe Hendrickson, Agnes Briones Tahir and Tewolde Amelesom.

Through you, our building continues to serve. It also continues to experience the impact of being relatively empty in the U District, including broken windows and graffiti. Last Sunday morning our building care staff discovered that someone had thrown an iron bar through a sanctuary window, not only shattering the window but also breaking the statue of the Lost Sheep given to us by Charles McCollough, a UCC pastor and sculpture who was with us in 2015. The Lost Sheep statue was one of a series of three that are in our sanctuary, all focused on the parables of Luke 15. Some of our congregation who came for the Vigil for the Common Good at noon that day saw the damage.

It can be hard to hear that our building was vandalized. And yet, it is good to know that our building is available for ministry. As we hold both of those realities, we also are grateful to our building staff who responded quickly to the incident, and who continue to keep our building ready for service. In this difficult time, may we be ready for service too.

We continue to pray for all in the U District, and for our ministry there, even as we pray for one another in our dispersed places. It is so important to stay connected to one another and to God. You are in our prayers. And please reach out if you are feeling alone or in need. We are bound up together, even in our separate places, and it is good to be part of that inextricable web.

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf