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.

Dear Beloved Community,

The stories and services around Holy Week are a vital part of our Christian journey. It began with Palm Sunday, as Jesus rode into Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd. That moment sets up the confrontation that unfolds in the days that follow. Our Palm Sunday centered on the theme The Passion of the Crowd as we heard the shouts, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” The rally and the crowd create a contrast to the power structures of the day.

We move forward to today, Holy Thursday, often called “Maundy Thursday.” That name derives from the Latin for command (think “mandate”), where Jesus gives his disciples the commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you.” In this moment, Jesus shares table fellowship with his disciples and shares the words we use for communion: “This is my body, this is my blood.” Our Thursday evening service will begin with communion and move to the story of Jesus praying in the garden and his arrest. Our Beloved Community theme looks at practicing nonviolence. Today at 7:00 pm on YouTube or Facebook.

Good Friday is our time to remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus. The “goodness” is not in the death or violence of that day. It is a reminder of the goodness of God’s presence even in the midst of pain and suffering. As a Beloved Community we gather “At the Foot of the Cross” through a service of scripture and song. Friday, April 2, 7:00 pm.

Easter Vigil holds that space between the grief of Friday and the joy of Sunday. It is the first moment when we move out of Lent and into Eastertide. We can’t hold back our Hallelujahs that life everlasting comes in the promise of resurrection. The fire is an ancient part of this tradition and we gather at the “Paschal Fire” (Easter fire) and remember how the divine shine illumines the shadows. We will also celebrate a baptism, our sacrament of new life, in our vigil service with an opportunity for all present to also renew their baptismal vows. Saturday, April 3, 7:00 pm.

Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday, is where all these pieces come together in triumphant joy. Christ is Risen! Death is Defeated! A chorus of Hallelujahs capture our praise. Like the witnesses at the empty tomb and the early church, we make Easter the time for our Beloved Community to share a “Congregational Witness” of good news. Sunday, April 4, 10:00 am.

As we move through this Holy Week and the trial of Derek Chauvin unfolds we are reminded that in ancient days and our modern times, criminal justice system bends to the whims of those in power. Holy Week reminds us that even when it seems like all is lost, love and justice find a way. As we hear the cries of “Black Lives Matter!” and “Stop Asian Hate!” and as we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, we know that full justice may not come this side of God’s realm. But as people of Easter hope we know that God’s desire for us and God’s call on our lives is to fight for that justice, meeting hatred with reconciling love. So we invite you to experience all that this Holy Week holds: from denial, betrayal and death… to waiting in hope… to resurrection.

We look forward to sharing this time of worship, prayer, and connection.

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