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.

“Do not be afraid.”
–Gen 15:1, Ex 14:13, Num 14:9, Deut 1:17, Josh 1:9, Judges 6:23,
1 Sam 12:20, 2 Kings 1:15, 1 Chron 22:13, 2 Chron 20:15, Isa 10:24, Jer 1:8, Eze 2:6, Dan 10:12, Joel 2:21, Zech 8:13, Matt 1:20, Luke 1:13, John 12:15, Acts 18:9, Rev 1:17 …and more!

Beloved Community,

“Do not be afraid” is often named as the most repeated phrase in the Bible. Whether that’s true or not is for someone else to research. It’s definitely in there a LOT.

We know that we don’t make our best decisions from places of fear, so it’s generally good advice… and yet, fear is an emotion. It’s a reaction. It’s not really something to control so much as to notice and try to manage.

Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh… see if you can notice your breath and your pulse and just be still for a moment.

Then, in that moment of stillness, see if you can notice beyond your fear and check if you’re in danger. 

The thing is, often, whether we’re in danger is an entirely different question than whether or not we’re afraid.

In report after report of racialized violence, there’s someone saying that they “feared for their life” and that’s why they fired a gun. But all too often, the actual danger was to the black or brown body that was shot.

In the utter mess of COVID-19 policies or restrictions, fear of loss of individual rights, fear of change, or fear of financial recession are driving the decisions rather than the actual dangers of viral transmission, hospitalization, eviction and job loss in an economy with no social services safety net.

Too often the secular world tries to address our fears rather than minimizing dangers we could collectively do something about. And unfortunately, many times the church gets portrayed as a place where we’re supposed to “feel safe,” to be free from fear.

Church, spiritual care, faith… these things can do a lot to treat and manage fear. But what the church can do best is be a place and community where we practice taking a deep breath, connecting to God and one another, and checking in on how we’re going to let go of that fear. And if we can’t let go of it, how we’re going to live with fear and go about the work of loving anyway.

The church can also be a place and community that calls out and names real danger in a world that cares more for money and power.

The church can be a place that continuously calls out the very real dangers that are posed by gun violence and lack of gun control. The church can be a place that calls out the very real dangers of viral transmission and pressuring our elected officials to open up businesses rather than create a plan that doesn’t force our poorest workers and healthcare workers into constant danger. The church can be a place that calls out the dangers of laws that protect police officers’ fears more than the black and brown bodies they fear.

And when we’re finally afraid for the right reasons, because of real dangers, the church can be a place where we breathe and sit with those fears. A place where we can be still and remember that while we always have to deal with dismantling and dealing with danger… we don’t have to be afraid.

A prayer adapted from Ps 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God (breathe)
Be still, and know that I am (breathe)
Be still, and know (breathe)
Be still. (breathe)
Be. (breathe) 

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