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.

“Rejoice in the Savior always! I say it again: Rejoice! Let everyone see your forbearing spirit. Our Savior is near. Dismiss all anxiety from your minds; instead, present your needs to God through prayer and petition, giving thanks for all circumstances. Then God’s own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will stand guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-9, The Inclusive Bible.)

It is not easy to rejoice when we are surrounded by war and rumors of war, of plague and pestilence, of hidden paths all around us. Yet Paul, no stranger to suffering, encourages us to not be anxious and instead pray and give thanks.

It is precisely in that point of tension where we your pastors write to you with a significant shift in our emergence plan.

We will still be gathering in the building for watch parties on 9/5, 9/12, and 9/19. We will still have an outdoor event for Hope-coming. We will still return to live in-person worship at 10:00 am on 9/26 and shift our digital worship to 5:00 pm that day. As planned, all these gatherings will be masked.

Where things look different is in who gathers and how we gather. We had hoped September would be a robust return to the building, a true homecoming for our congregation. With the Delta variant causing spikes in infection and becoming as contagious as chicken pox, we know many will make the faithful choice to connect digitally and not return to the building. We know that individuals and families will be looking at risk, exposure, and then make the choice that is best for those situations. We honor and bless that.

For those that choose to gather, it will be for a sense of connection and community, but it will not be a return to normalcy. Our new emergent strategy will not have congregational singing or the choir singing. Music support will be done by instruments and soloists. Pieces we know and love in our service will go away for a while. We know the moment the doxology begins, our muscle memory will have us singing Praise God the Source of Life and Birth. So, we will look for a different liturgical moment in the service to mark that moment.

While youth group will happen for middle and high school students, in September the opportunities on Sunday morning for preschoolers and elementary students will be the family-centered watch party in the lounge. We will spend the next few weeks evaluating and planning to see how those opportunities might shift in October.

This is different. For your pastors and staff this is another pivot in a season of so many shifts. Yet, there is a peace that passes all understanding that we find us and grounds us. We know it is seeking you out as well. It is only with that peace can we summon the strength to give thanks even in these circumstances. There but by the grace of God go I. 

We know that this fall, God will remain faithful. The Word will go out and will not return unfulfilled. The congregation will continue to come together in prayer, mutual aid, love, and support. We will continue to heed the call for justice and engage in acts of mercy. We will bend but will not break. We shall persevere. For that we can truly rejoice.

Peace,
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