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 and Members,
Grace and peace to you all from your pastors.

Visionary scholar and educator Dr. Angeles Arrien, who bridges the worlds of anthropology, psychology, and religion, noted that the most basic step of leadership is simply showing up. Her study across traditional cultures indicated that the term ‘warrior’ wasn’t about anger or conflict or violence, but an ancient way of talking about leadership. This kind of leadership was presence; showing up for the community and its well-being. It’s a simple and surprisingly profound power, showing up. The powerful story of God in Christ Jesus is a grand expression of God showing up in the flesh for the well-being of the human
community and Creation.

In this time of altered, physically-distanced social life, we can still show up for the community and its well-being. With our deep roots of congregational focus, the UCC understands the Body of Christ as communal in its essence. The “we” is a source of strength, discernment, and wisdom, a pathway through which the Christ Presence can be experienced. That means we lead together and that
each member of the body, having their own gifts, is offering a form of
leadership by simply showing up for the community, for the Common Good.

In this challenging time, it’s more important than ever to be those who show up for the community by supporting each other and celebrating the Common
Good. So we are inviting you all to keep showing up for the community at large and for the UCUCC community as much as you can in your own ways; a phone call, a written note, a text, a check, an errand, an email, a vote, some volunteer time, a Facebook message, a Zoom call, a patio visit, a walk, a prayer, a job well done, even a car parade like we’re having Sunday from 12:30 – 2:00 pm outside our church building (and live-streamed for those who can’t join in person).

We hope you are continuing to stay safe enough, supported, and healthy.

Even amidst all that is, we can show up. God will be there already.

In Christ,

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf

Here is how to reach us: 
Catherine, (206) 321-7604
Amy, (206) 605-6893
Todd, (303) 882-9631
24-hour pastoral emergency cellphone (206) 445-3378