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:

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a

This Bible verse was chosen by one of our confirmands as his Confirmation scripture. He learned it by heart and recited it for us in last Sunday’s worship service. When he talked about the choice, he noted that this invitation is not to a passive stillness, but an active trust, that in all the chaos and change that might swirl around us throughout our lives, there is a center that will hold. That center is God, who brings us through, and brings us out.

So the invitation of Psalm 46 is to settle into God’s care. It’s an invitation that begins this way: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” Psalm 46:1-3

Our Biblical stories are filled with stories of God’s care in difficult times, and of God’s promise of emergence from chaos. God calls the nation of Israel out of Egypt. God brings the exiles home from Babylon. Jesus calls Lazarus out of the tomb. Our God is a God of renewal, regeneration, and revelation. Our God is always up to new things.

Of course, emerging implies change; doing “new” things also means doing things differently. We have been using the term “emergence” to describe the life of our congregation and the shape of our ministry as we come out of this time of intense isolation and distancing. For the sake of the common good, fourteen months ago we moved the life of our congregation to a “virtual” experience, with extremely limited in-person connections. It was the right thing to do, even though it has not been easy. And in that time we have experienced a great deal of change. On our staff, we have said good bye and hello to many, and we have done it all virtually. We also know as we emerge there will be continued changes. Just this last week we received a letter announcing Pastor Catherine’s retirement at the end of November. Change can be hard.

Change can also be transformational.??This week as we reflect on the past year since the murder of George Floyd, and remember the 100th?Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre. We call for an emergence from the racism and supremacy that has been in our nation since its beginning.??We work to change the ways supremacy culture has privileged a certain way of doing things that has not served the common good.??We are living into our calling as an anti-racist community.

We still do not know when we will all be able to be together as a congregation, but we do know that we are beginning to gather in small groups. Pastors and staff are beginning to return to our building a few days a week. We are currently considering what the fall might look like as we continue to emerge.

In the meantime, our message to you as your pastors remains the same. We know our leaders are doing their best to carry forward our values of faith, love and justice as we consider how this “emergence’ might look. We know we can be there for one another, even in the midst of the most difficult of changes.

As we go through these changes, as we emerge, please reach out to one another and to us. Let us know how we can pray for you, and how we can care for each other. Our contact information is below. And we know our God, who comforts the afflicted and invites the comfortable to get moving, is faithful even in the midst of change.

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