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,

With the news pouring out of Afghanistan, with the continued appalling lack of unified response to Covid-19 and climate change the pandemic of racism, not since 9/11 have we felt our nation immersed in such collective trauma.
Unfortunately, trauma rarely brings out the best in us… especially long, protracted trauma like the last 20 months have been. Some of you have read the latest post by author and activist Adrienne Maree Brown. If you haven’t, we highly recommend it. She writes, “It’s all crumbling, concurrently. We are living through both the devastating fall of systems that guarantee life, and the necessary fall of systems that uphold violence.”

In her article she also describes a counter-cultural antidote to all this calamity: collective action. This, beloveds, is what we participate in every day as a covenantal faith community. No matter how hard it is in every other corner of our lives, no matter how hard it is to “do church” in our particular congregational way, being a church these past 20 months has been a counter-cultural act of salvation. This is not about UCUCC engaging in social justice action to change the world. This is UCUCC being exactly who we’ve always been: committed to a collective identity and our commitment, our covenant, to love one another and love God.

The heart of congregationalism is not that we believe the same thing, but that we are committed to walking this path together as one community that is “believing, seeking, and doubting.” We are a congregation with a variety of concerns and points of view. We are a community that includes people and families who have, in the past, expressed concerns over vaccines. We are a community that includes people and families who are not left-of-center politically. What unites us, is that above our individual perspectives or beliefs, we are committed to being a congregation together.

We’re not getting everything right. But we’re holding our common good over the interests of the few. We’re not perfect by any means. That’s not remotely the point. We aren’t committed to being right– we’re committed to grace, to confession, to reconciliation, to re-membering the Family of God. And this is how we’re heading into a fall season of worship and continuing change and trauma.

Our Emergence Survey (if you haven’t taken it, please do!) reveals that despite our differences, in our congregation 100% of those who can be vaccinated are fully vaccinated. It also shows us that this still leaves about 25% of our congregation vulnerable due to the inability to take the vaccine or because a medical condition makes the vaccine ineffective. Throughout the survey results, folks demonstrate a deep care for the whole community rather than a prioritization of their individual wants and needs. Adrienne Maree Brown writes, “Thinking that your choices only impact you or those you immediately know – that you needn’t be concerned with or accountable for the results – is supremacist thinking at the root” and our congregation is demonstrating the opposite: by showing our care for the most vulnerable in our community, we are participating in a counter-cultural and anti-supremacist narrative. What the survey has shown so far is not just reflective of our individual experiences this past year with Covid-19, but a deep reflection of who we’ve been for years. We are a congregation that believes in following the ways of Jesus’ radical love.

In the midst of all the bad news you hear, this too is true: there is a community that is committed to remembering you. There is a community that is committed to collective acts of love. There is a community that believes God is present in the darkness before dawn. There is a community that is committed to being present with you in these times… and you are a part of that community. Your love and care, your voice, your grief, your rage, your struggle, your joy, your contribution to our collective being matters.

In our Christian tradition we remember Luke 10:27; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

In the hardest moment of these times, choose love. Remember love. Practice love. Be loved. With all your soul. With all your strength, with all your mind, love God. Love your neighbor. And love yourself. And in fulfilling this commandment, we find our salvation.

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