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 Beloved Community,

We began writing these pastoral letters eighteen months ago as a way of staying connected week to week, naming our concerns, and offering pastoral support through this unprecedented pandemic. Now we are entering September, and our need for this connection is as strong as ever. On this Labor Day weekend we remember the labor movement in this country and around the world, and the need to continue the efforts to guarantee meaningful work, safe and respectful working conditions, and just compensation for all laborers. As students and educators head beck to school, we hold them in our hearts. As we witness again the impact of human activity on our climate and our planet, we pray for those most recently affected by Hurricane Ida and by the Caldor Fire in California. In the last two weeks we have witnessed the massive failure of a twenty-year-long intervention in Afghanistan, we hold the people of Afghanistan, men and women who have served there, families of those who lost their lives in this two-decade war, and refugees now exiled from their homes in our prayers. Devastation from the earthquake in Haiti is compounded by political turmoil, severe storms, and prolonged humanitarian crisis there. As we cultivate an anti-racist lens, we also see how systemic racism exacerbates the injustice and inequitable effects of tragedy. And all of this is happening in the context of this pandemic that we had hoped to be emerging
from in a different way.

There is no doubt we are in a time of deep grief. So we continue to hold one another in prayer as well.

And we know that our understanding of prayer is not passive. We take action in ways that give meaning to our prayers. So our church continues its work to be a just and fair employer. Our September special offering supports the childcare and learning programs in our building. We offer support to the victims of weather events and devastating fires. And our Refugee Action Team is coordinating our congregational response to the Afghan refugee crisis.

And we are working hard, making plans for the fall and for our anticipated gathering as a community, and adapting those plans as we learn more about the delta variant of Covid-19. As more information is available, what we planned last week might change this week. You can find the latest information about our gatherings as a community here, in the September Church & Home, and in the weekly emails.

All of this is to remind us that we do not take this journey of faith alone. We are a community, and God has promised to be with us, to guide us, to bring us back when we lose our way, to walk with us through every hard time.

As we continue in this time of emergence, and in whatever time we are in, we as your pastors are here for you. If you need support, or would like to provide support for others, please reach out. We always include our contact information in these letters. You will find it below.

Blessings,
Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Steve Jerbi

Here is how to reach us:

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