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 celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and our legacy as an Open and Affirming Congregation, it is a good time for us to reflect on the ways we live out our values as a community. We recognize that there is a difference between saying “All are welcome” and “This was created with you in mind.” We have experienced that in our own community as we have worked to make visible our covenant commitment to worship God in unity and diversity.

In his new book Made, Known, and Loved: Developing LQBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry, author Ross Murray has a chapter titled Should I Set Up a Program Exclusively for LGBTQ Youth or Just Practice Inclusivity? Ross is the founder and camp director of The Naming Project, a faith-based church camp for LGBTQ youth. He opens the chapter with a question from one of his campers: “Is it OK to invite a straight friend to come [to camp] with me?”

Are we functioning as a heteronormative organization that welcomes queer folks into straight spaces? Do we intentionally seek queer perspectives in our Bible studies, worship services, partnering organizations? Are we actively cultivating relationships within Seattle, or do we rest on the legacy of past work? Do we consistently say trans men are men and trans women are women? Do we have a trans-friendly building? Do we create intentional space for UCUCC members that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer to gather for mutual support and spiritual care?

Some of these questions can be answered with a resounding “Yes!” Others may require deeper reflection. All of us – gay and straight – might ask the question, “Is it OK to invite a friend from the LGBTQ community to come to church?” We know that churches have been – and often still are – places of explicit harm and hatred. How expansive would our community look before we would also ask, “Is it OK to invite a straight friend to UCUCC?”

Our welcome statement says, “We are an inclusive church, open to diverse people and beliefs, rooted in God’s extravagant love, mercy and justice. We are an open and affirming church where we celebrate our diversity in religious background, sexual orientation, race, and abilities.” We name our intention to be diverse and our ongoing work is to ask the probing questions about what such an intention means in terms of action. We know our values, we know what we seek to cultivate. How do we move beyond a statement toward actions that create unity amidst our diversity? It isn’t enough to talk about our LGBTQIA community in June and Black Liberation Theology in February and Disability Rights in October. By the grace of God we are called to do it all, all the time. Let us create a space that moves beyond “All Are Welcome” toward a Beloved Community made with you, and others, and each of us in mind.

Blessings,
Catherine Foote
Steve Jerbi

Pastor Amy is currently on vacation and will return July 6

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