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.

Beloved Community,

Being a part of a congregation and community would be so much easier if we could just get this whole communications thing down pat. But every organization wonders about and works on how communication can be improved. Improving how we communicate and improving what we communicate… it’s always a challenge.

Which is all to say, we’ve heard you! We know communication has been even more challenging without our old patterns of gathering in person and having someone in the main church office to answer the phone most days. 

The pandemic decision to do all church work outside the building and from our homes was a clear and necessary decisive momentThe questions about what we’re doing as a church and what emerging from this pandemic time will look like are hard to answer. Not because of lack of information (although watch those Weekly Emails and Church and Home and the website! We’re trying to keep you up to date!); it’s difficult because re-gathering in person is a process.

What your pastors have noticed in ourselves, and what we’re heard from many of you, is that just being present with others in person is an adjustmentBeing 
in the sanctuary together for an open house, or gathering in person in a small group is a complex experience. There are more and different logistical things to think through for every event and, of course, there’s still the constant worry that with a single news cycle all of our plans will have to change.

So we’re taking it slow and wading in instead of jumping in. We’re re-learning how to gather and play together by having informal time on the playground or in the sanctuary. The choir is re-learning how to feel comfort and safety while singing in the same space. This past Seabeck week was a blend of online and in-person activities. Just yesterday we had our first meal together in over 20 months!

And as we add in these in-person activities we are taking the time to prepare our physical church spaces to incorporate the technological lessons we’ve learned this past year. We remain committed to being a radically inclusive community and we are not planning on leaving any child or vulnerable person behind. On a pre-pandemic Sunday, roughly ¼ of those gathered do not have access to vaccination or remain at risk for other health reasons. 

We’ve done a lot of adapting these past 20 months… and your staff and church leadership are working hard to do the continued work of adaptation to help the next transitions go as smoothly as possible.

We are looking to live into a new schedule this fall that allows for in-person worship and digital worship. We’re working on getting all the technology and building adaptations necessary so that things look familiar, are easy to use, and we’re able to connect even when we can’t all be in the same room. Some of these changes will feel very specific to a particular day and time when, perhaps, for you, church will suddenly seem “back” or “open again.” But in truth, this is a process. Even when we gather for the first Sunday when both in-person and digital worship will be offered…that’s really more of a beginning than an ending! Or another layer as we emerge into 21st Century Post-Pandemic church. 

And God is with us as God has always been. God is not waiting for some special and specific moment for church to be “open” or for us to gather in person or have it all figured out. God is with us in all of these in-between feeling times. God is with us as we worry. God is with us as we plan. God is with us as we move boldly forward and when we tiptoe.

God is with us when we consciously take a deep breath to center ourselves and pay attention to the moment we’re in. And God is with us in all the breaths we take without giving it a moment’s thought.

Blessings,
Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Steve Jerbi

Here is how to reach us: 
Catherine, cfoote@universityucc.org (206) 321-7604
Amy, aroon@universityucc.org (206) 605-6893
Steve, sjerbi@universityucc.org (414) 238-7030