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.

Blank paper with pen and coffee cup on wood tableThere is no ethnicity, no status, no gender, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
-Galatians 3:28, paraphrase

This is one of those passages that on the surface seems to celebrate a new understanding of being community together as followers of The Way. In a society that was extremely binary, ordered and organized around social status and relationships, declaring there is no longer Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female was a radical declaration. It was liberating to be defined by belonging to Jesus and one another.

We’ve come a long way from those 1st century C.E. writings. Rather than creating a counter-culture, the church became the dominant culture and with it came actions of domination. Models of warfare in the crusades set the stage for settler-colonizing of indigenous lands and the genocide of the Native Americans. Scripture was twisted to support enslavement and missionaries came with swords in one hand and the Bible in another. Oppression through the Western church looked more like white supremacy culture than the cross-cultural message of the early church.

UCUCC’s intentions around May’s heritage month celebrating peoples of Asian descent, Pasifika descent and Hawai’ians is a reflection of how we are still called to envision the Jesus movement as contrary to dominant norms. When society wants to push a story “we’re all the same” we can say, “No!”

We are uniquely made, fearfully and wonderfully made. We aren’t asking you to check your heritage, your ethnicity, your culture at the door. We are saying all these stories weave together to make the tapestry of our community.

Because the dominant culture still permeates our congregation, we still stumble. Even the name AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) itself is problematic — categorizing vastly different cultures together as a single expression. The challenges of indigenous Hawai’ians are different than those of the Micronesian community; the Korean experience in the USA is not the same as the Japanese one.

Our focus as a community pushes us past a statement of “all are welcome” toward a space of being changed by the plurality and distinctions throughout our congregation. It happens with musicians we invite. It happens by letting folks like Ken Workman, Sister Kelly Marciales, Donnel Miller-Mutia, Dina Gilio-Whitaker, and Rev. Yolanda Norton be our teachers. It is an invitation to reimagine how God is still speaking: We celebrate your ethnicity, we honor you no matter how others rank your status, we are a place of all gender identities, because all of who we are and all we bring makes us one in Christ Jesus.

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