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 - in 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.

Beloveds,

This Sunday is a big day. Our first attempt at a worship service specifically developed to be experienced in our sanctuary… for the first time since March 2, 2020.

What does that sentence even mean?? As pastors we take classes and receive training in developing and leading worship but prior to March 2020, the fact that we would almost always be doing this in person and in a sanctuary was just a given. Maybe we might be somewhere else, like a lakeshore, a retreat center or a conference room. But for the most part, the idea that a service would be “online” mostly meant that we would make sure others outside of the worship space could see what was going on.

Our first few weeks of pandemic-induced virtual worship in March of 2020 was an attempt to take what we usually do in-person and somehow get it online for the congregation to watch. We faced technical difficulties in those weeks but
muddled through with a lot of support and grace from the community. We could have just focused our time and energy on fixing the challenges we were facing with cameras and lighting and video files and audio quality, but instead we took a pause and focused on the real question: What is worship? What is a worship service really supposed to DO??

We are a congregation for which worship and worshipping well has been a core part of our identity for many, many years. “Good worship” meant that we were attentive to the details in transitions and the flow from one element to another. It meant that the whole congregation felt included in the acts of worship. It meant that volunteer lay leaders felt prepared and good about how they could participate and lead. Children, youth, and families were included and welcomed into leadership. It was grounded in the value that when we prepare
well, we are most likely to spend that hour connecting to God, attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and able to be the most gracious and welcoming to others.

So we took the skills of members and staff and worked together to create a new vision of digital worship for UCUCC. We used Pastor Amy’s background in theater. We leaned into then-Music Director Heidi Blythe’s understanding that music is ministry more than performance. Videographer and All-Star Church Volunteer Trent Siegel help us imagine what visual elements of worship were
possible in this new format. Pastor Catherine and Pastor Todd learned new technologies to support the vision. We brought in new staff to support us – Benjamin Rogers who excels at digital choirs; James Krick, a video editing wizard; Pastor Steve with his extensive leadership of worship in a variety of ways. And we held onto our value of intergenerational congregational participation: all of us together submitted videos, and photos, and learned to sing in different ways, and tuned in for digital worship.

We stayed focused on worship that would help us feel more connected to God and one another. We stayed focused on preparing something that, when experienced, could leave us feeling more attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and more connected and loving towards those around us; this would be our goal. This remains our goal for all worship.

And in the midst of all this, we discovered that online worship could expand our welcome beyond those who are driving distance from our U-District sanctuary.
We created worship that was powerful and meaningful… and it just happens to be accessible in a way we had never considered a priority before 2020.

It’s also really, really labor intensive.

Our typical digital worship service requires at least 50-100 different files and media submissions, 7-10 hours from a videographer/editor, 25-35 hours from pastors, 7-10 from our worship assistant, 20-30 from our Music Director, and 5-100 hours from lay folks (depending on what’s scheduled for the choir).

This means, as we emerge from the pandemic, we had to make some choices about how we would offer worshipful experiences both digitally and in the sanctuary. By holding two services (10:00 am in the Seattle campus and a 5:00 pm premiere for the digital service) we are faithfully answering the “why” question before fixing the “how.” The change in online service time and the new technology installed in the sanctuary allows us to thoughtfully create two fundamentally different worship experiences (online and in-person) without doubling the staff time it takes to do both, and do both well.

This new vision is bold: investing in the community that gathers in-person and online. We’ve already adapted and re-adapted to meet the guidance of the Covid-19 Action Team while staying true to our primary vision of why we worship. The delta variant means more folks will feel like the 10:00 am Seattle Campus (sanctuary, library, and lounge) is not the best option. Some of you are feeling forced into shifting to Sunday evenings. There are hard choices all around. We hear that, and are holding the tension of living into the bold calling of the new thing God is doing among us.

We’ll make plenty of mistakes and stumbles into this new schedule. But please know that our focus, our goal, our commitment remains focused on our congregation being a place where all can experience, know, and be inspired by God’s love.

Blessings,
Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Steve Jerbi

Here is how to reach us: 

Amy, aroon@universityucc.org (206) 605-6893
Catherine, cfoote@universityucc.org (206) 321-7604
Steve, sjerbi@universityucc.org (414) 238-7030