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.

Greetings Beloved Community,

“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with endurance the race set before us…” Hebrews 12:1

The author of Hebrews pictures a cloud of witnesses, those who have come before us, encircling us and cheering us on as we follow in the Jesus Path. November 1st is “All Saints Day,” a day celebrated in Western churches to honor martyrs and saints, as one tradition says “both named and obscure.” The evening before this hallowed day is known “hallowed eve,” or, of course, Halloween.

The earliest origins of Halloween are a bit obscure, but many cultures recognize a time when, as is said on the Isle of Iona, “the veil between this world and the next is thin.” It is as if those clouds of witnesses have a particularly good view as they surround us with their encouragement.

This Sunday our annual Service of Memory and Hope falls on October 31st. We are remembering those members and friends of this congregation who have passed away this year. They have become a part of that cloud of witnesses, the community of the saints eternal. As we name them and light a candle in their memory, we also remember others who have died, who have shaped our lives and shaped our faith.

Following our worship service, we are also celebrating Halloween with a “trunk or treat” and costume party in our parking lot off 16th Street. The children of our church are invited to dress up and go from car to car to receive treats and affirmations.

This Sunday’s celebrations reflect the life of our congregation right now. We are in a season of naming our sorrows and embracing our joys; of recognizing what we must let go of and finding new ways to connect; of hello and goodbye. Last week we celebrated the installation of Rev. Steve Jerbi, who has been serving and leading us for nine months. What a day of joy that was. In three weeks, on November 20th, we will celebrate the ministry of Rev. Dr. Catherine Foote, and then, on November 30th, her ministry of twenty years with us will come to an end. We are in a season of change.

Over the last nineteen months, as our opportunities to gather face-to face came to an end, we began these weekly pastoral letters. We knew with all the change around us we needed new ways for us to offer encouragement, to stay connected, to share resources, and to provide gospel perspectives on events of the day. In this year and a half, it has been good to stay in touch in this way, and we intend to continue this practice for as long as it is helpful. As we let go of old ways of doing things and take up new ways, as we explore all we have learned about the place of this spiritual community in our lives, as we emerge into whatever God is calling us to become in this season, we recognize that others have made these journeys before us. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and we are witnesses as well to the way God is at work through us, and the ways God is present with us.

Blessings,
Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Steve Jerbi

Here is how to reach us:

Amy, (206) 605-6893, aroon@universityucc.org
Catherine, (206) 321-7604, cfoote@universityucc.org
Steve, (414) 238-7030, sjerbi@universityucc.org