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 Friends,

As the calendars turn, we find ourselves moving into a new rhythm. It is harvest season. It is a return to school, the end of summer schedules. In the life of the church, some patterns are returning: youth group, the lecture series, the idea of the “program year.” And like so much of the world today, some of those patterns are disrupted. Choir and Sunday school are not returning to the way things were before Covid-19. And once again homecoming is becoming HOPEcoming.

As a university district church, we can think about the ways that homecomings happen at schools. Alumni come back to their alma mater, reconnecting with a place that held, nourished, and formed them. It is a celebration with dancing, games, traditions, and most of all re-connections with dear friends.

Churches (especially Southern Black congregations) that host homecoming celebrations carry a similar spirit. Worship and fellowship and sharing a meal take on an almost revival-like spirit. Folks who have moved away return home for the celebration. Remembering ancestors, celebrating founders, and other traditions become part of the gathering.

We have this legacy of holding space for folks to return, a reminder of the way this community shapes us and sends us forth. These traditions carry us forward.

When some traditions starting looking different, we expanded our annual celebration to become a Hopecoming. We look not only for the re-connections but also to imagine what the future will be. Very specifically, we’re looking to a time when our lives and our gatherings aren’t dramatically affected by the pandemic. We’re also naming that our God is a God of Hope. Hope is Coming to us at UCUCC. Hope is Coming to a weary world. Hope is coming in our own fears and doubts. AND how we show up is another way of bringing hope. When we show up to pray for each other, hope comes with us. When we check in with each other, hope comes with us. When we move to the streets, build relationships with movements for justice, connect deeply with creation, hope comes with us. We are a people shaped and sent by hope. This weekend we celebrate all of it. With ponies. And games. And free food. And music. And most of all re-connections with dear friends.

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

Important details about Sunday:

9:00 am, Youth Group returns for Middle School and High School students, online and in-person.
10:00 am, UCUCC worship watch parties – in the sanctuary, library, and a family-friendly viewing in the lounge. Livestream worship on Facebook and YouTube from home, starting at 10:00 am
11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Hopecoming festivities, outside the church building

We know that outdoor actives are the safest ways to gather as groups. We expect everyone to be masked, except when eating, and to observe social distancing by family groups.