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.


“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 

1 Corinthians 13:12-13

Beloved community,

This year has given us little reason to hope and love. And yet we long for both.

This fall we are venturing into a series called “Faithful Action.” We will explore how the Bible and our faith tradition calls us to be faithful citizens, faithful givers, and faithful kin to one another; and in all things express a fiercely compassionate love and tenacious and uncompromising hope… because love and hope are God-given gifts that are best spent as generously as God has loved and hoped for us.

In the book The Good Conscience by Carlos Fuentes, a pivotal moment in the story occurs when the protagonist realizes that his anger at his father is misplaced, that by offering transactional love (only given when his father is ‘worthy’ of receiving it), he himself has become the barrier to love, not his father. So often we make our love contingent, and withhold it when we feel that love is not earned or deserved. So often our hope feels tied to events or circumstances in the world, instead of a faithful trust that God isn’t finished with us. J.I. Parker says, “Optimism is a wish without warrant; Christian hope is a certainty, guaranteed by God.” When we restrict our hope and love, we see only as a reflection in the mirror, and we know only part of the story. When we free ourselves to love as God loves us, and to hope as God hopes for us, that is when we know fully (even as we are fully known by God).

The circumstances we face are difficult, but choosing love and hope will give us life. As Christians we are called to faithful action, to stand together against tyranny and oppression. Let us refuse to cede the privilege of loving and hoping to anyone or anything.

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf