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.

Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.
-The Bible (lots of places)

In case we forget, church is counter-cultural. In the PNW, we are really outliers, as the 2020 Census of American Religion points out (religiously unaffiliated are 43% of King County; the nation’s highest is San Juan County at 49%). We are also counter-cultural because we are intergenerational. Think about what other public spaces have elders and kids, millennials and boomers and zoomers all together. It is rare.

Being a progressive Christian community is even more radical. We don’t fit the norms. Working to create a space that is decolonizing and anti-racist is as radical as… well, Jesus.

This radical work is not just about more education. White folks don’t simply
need to learn more about white supremacy to recognize its harmful history and ongoing impacts. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color certainly don’t need seminars to describe lived experiences. Our call to the total shifting of culture within our community requires our whole selves be engaged.

This brings us back to the scripture verse. The greatest command is to love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength. From that place we love our neighbor. This means we need every element of our being, and every expression of our community, to answer this calling.

When we are in a space of new perspective or hope or experiencing pain, where do we respond? What are the feelings and emotions that go with this, in your heart? Is it regret, is it shame, is it guilt, is it trauma, is it disgust or anger or yearning or hope, or joy?

In our soul work, where are our values changed? How do intent and impact align and where do they miss? How is our theology shaped by God’s liberating work to be in solidarity with those the dominant culture pushes to the margins?

How do we love with our strength — our call to action? What will we do, where will we show up, how will we be embodied in this work?

And in our mind, what are we called to learn? There is a place for education and learning, continuing to uncover the “hidden histories.” In a world where the dominant story is simply accepted as true, we must deconstruct so that we can re-construct our understandings to be in greater alignment with reality and with justice.

We are called as people of faith to broaden our focus to our whole self. Simply “thinking about” justice can lead us to keep love at a theoretical level. Strength without connection to soul is ripe for burnout or frenzied response lacking grounding. And feelings alone can trap us in a cycle of despair. We need all elements working together. The gift of community is that we use our collective gifts to live with love. Where you show up in strength, someone else shows up in heart. Together we learn, grow in areas that are not our natural response places, and shape a counter-cultural community. A Beloved Community.
The Kin-dom of God.

Amy Roon
Cathereine 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