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.

 

The pastoral letter is typically written collaboratively by UCUCC’s three pastors. We intend it for everyone in the congregation as a way of lifting up our values and holding us together in covenantal relationship.  

In light of this week’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, the ongoing police violence, and our congregations commitment to racial justice we are adjusting the format this week. This is a message from one of our white pastors to the white members of our community. We honor that we are a community that includes Black folks and People of Color and that as a predominately white institution any public pastoral letter for our community of color would be filtered through the white gaze (if you are unfamiliar with that term, please google it). Pastor Amy, our Black pastor, is making a specific offer for processing and pastoral care with our members of Color. Pastor Catherine remains on vacation this week and returns Sunday morning. 

To white folks like me: This is not our time.

There’s a common guideline for community discussions: make space and take space. If you are sharing a lot be sure to make space for others to participate; if you are not sharing, take up space and participate.

I’ve drafted this week’s letter about 4 times before landing on this truism. This is a time for white folks to make space. The guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murdering George Floyd does not need white commentary. It is not ours to declare justice. It is not ours to claim as a victory, even a small one. At most, we can amplify the reactions of Black leaders. Otherwise, this is a chance for us to bear witness. It is a place for us to reflect internally and with other white people about what we are hearing. Or just let conversations happen and not feel a need to be part of them. How do we feel about a space for public discourse where our job is to listen?

Bishop Yehiel Curry of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod is a friend and colleague and someone I have worked with on racial justice within faith communities. He names an impulse among white leaders to “check-in” with Black folks after news breaks around Black trauma. Do we do that same type of checking in with other white people? Are we asking this of our white family members, white neighbors, other white people in our congregation? Or do we look for Black people, Indigenous people and people of Color to do the emotional labor of describing how they feel to help us know how we should feel?

If we have authentic, vulnerable, and trusting relationships with Black folx and they want to talk about Black Joy or Black pain they will know we are available. We will have natural places for these conversations to emerge because we don’t only “check-in” when headlines tell us we should. And there are plenty of leaders in the Black community – in Seattle, in Minnesota, across the country – that are speaking publicly where we can listen.

Let us in this moment make space.

May it be so,
Pastor Steve Jerbi

Here is how to reach us: 
Catherine, cfoote@universityucc.org (206) 321-7604
Amy, aroon@universityucc.org (206) 605-6893
Todd, tsmiedendorf@universityucc.org (303) 882-9631