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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even if 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and fifteen minute.. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 10 am 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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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,

We want to share information about something that happened at our church. We begin with a content warning, knowing that for Black folks and People of Color, this information about racialized harm has the potential of compounding hurt and trauma.

On a Sunday last month, our staff noticed racial slurs targeting UCUCC staff members written on a whiteboard in our office. We don’t know who wrote it, why it was written, or when it was written. It was clear by the language (targeting specific staff members by name) and the location (inside the office and not a public area) that this was written by someone within the University UCC community.

We know this is difficult news to process. It might feel hard to imagine that someone in our community would do something like this. We invite you to take a deep breath, and notice how you are responding. Scripture tells us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. These four elements describe our whole selves. They also could represent places where we notice we are responding, especially when dealing with hard news.

As you process this incident, we invite you to use a framework from Race and Faith that we’ve used at Seabeck, with our racial justice teams, and by our racial & equity consultants who talk about the four quadrants of thinking, feeling, acting, and believing. As you hear that racial slurs were written in our space, and that the vandalism was done by someone in our congregation, where are you responding? Which part is most activated for you?

  • Heart: Is your strongest response with your emotions? Are you aware of the feelings you are carrying? What are those feelings?
  • Strength: Are you wanting to do something? Do you feel like there is some action we need to take?
  • Mind: Are you wanting to learn more? Are you seeking facts or wanting to know more details?
  • Soul: In this space of faith, are you responding because your values have been violated? How does this impact your belief systems? Where does this connect with your beliefs about our congregation and community?

Perhaps for you there is a strong connection with one of these descriptions. Or maybe it is just a mash-up of all of them. We invite you to pay attention to what you are noticing and what questions are rising up.

We also invite you to consider how this racialized vandalism fits into a wider context of our congregation. This is a concrete example of harm happening to People of Color in our community, and amplifies the importance of coming together as a church to dismantle racism. This isn’t an isolated incident; we know People of Color at our church have endured hurtful racialized words and actions. This too can be a place of prayer and reflection.

As your pastors, part of our role in the community is to help hold the impact of this with you. Because the vandalism happened within our workspace, all of our church staff are carrying a level of violation from this incident. We want to be present for you as you process this news, and we acknowledge that how we are personally processing this moment is intrinsically connected to who we are and the personal experiences we bring to our work. As your pastors—but also as a Black woman, a white man, and a white woman– we have different perspectives and experiences, and we are impacted differently by this difficult event. If you need to talk to a pastor about this, please ask if we have the emotional and spiritual capacity to meet that need right now. If you need a place to process this with someone who knows our congregation but is not within it, our racial justice consultants Cynthia MacLeod and Diane Schmitz can be available. Our Racial Justice Steering Committee is thinking about how we might provide some ways to process in small groups, and we will share more about that when possible.

Please, pray for our congregation and our staff. Though we face obstacles on the path of justice, we know we are not alone. God is with us, providing comfort and protection when we are in need.

With peace,

Pastor Amy
Pastor Steve
Pastor Loren