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,

As we in this congregation are experiencing this season of emergence from the lock downs and distancing of the pandemic we are also experiencing a shift in how we experience digital ministry. We’ve been doing things online since before Covid-19 – email communications, our website, even meetings and study groups by zoom. We’ve learned that expanding our work online also expands the ability for people to connect. So, we know online is here to stay. What we’re learning now in addition is the difference between online access and communication and doing ministry on a digital platform. What does such a ministry ask of us so that it might be done faithfully? This is the question that your leadership team, church council, and emergence team are exploring.

Next week is a perfect example of this. As we’ve done for generations, the congregational attention turns to our Seabeck All Church camp. Recognizing that 1/4 of our congregation is ineligible for vaccines and that we needed to make planning decisions early in the year, Seabeck Camp week is built as a digital ministry with some in-person events. Camp sessions with Professor Gilio-Whitaker, our campfires, and our children and youth sessions will happen via Zoom. For those who are able and comfortable, we’re offering sessions in-person and a Thursday night outdoor picnic for everyone registered. The tireless work of the Seabeck committee continued the pivot from last year to create a camp experience for digital campers.

In this and other experiences, we’ve learned that digital ministry is not a stop-gap for an emergency situation. We find true fellowship and connection when we design our ministry for a digital platform. It is why youth look back at this past year and have said of all the things they felt they lost to the pandemic, church wasn’t one of them. Youth group and retreats happened and the connections were real. We experience it when digital worship moves us – to tears, to joy, to praise. We see it through the growth of our Tuesday Bible study and our Wednesday prayer circle.
We’re also being reminded of what ministry feels like when it is in-person. With the new guidelines opening the building for groups up to 50 we’re starting to see committees, classes and groups gathering onsite.

In years past, the congregation focus turned to Seabeck even though not everyone attended camp. We can learn from that history as we head into another digital camp week. Some will come to camp, some won’t. Some will do the in-person events, others won’t.  And through this we know that we are a dynamic community that has always helped folks engage at different levels of participation.

The path forward with digital and in-person ministry will be the same. We’ll continue to seek more ways to help folks engage with our growing community in deep and authentic ways. We will continue to walk faithfully together as we answer God’s call to be the beloved community.

Peace,
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