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.

I’m in a season of deep gratitude. I am excited about Kyna Shilling joining UCUCC as Director of Finance and Operations. I’m grateful to her for reaching out and then saying yes, and to the search committee that found her. I’m already appreciating her gifts, skills, intelligence, integrity, knowledge, and graciousness.

And in these last weeks before my retirement, I’m looking back over these last twenty-two years at UCUCC with thanksgiving. My years as a banker and then as Associate Director of Multifaith AIDS Project/Multifaith Works were great grounding and experience. When I arrived here I felt that I had reached a long-held dream, or longing, or call. And this ministry, and you, have held my heart, my passion, my commitment ever since.

I think back over projects and initiatives we’ve done together. I celebrate the ways we’ve moved this ministry forward: New Cornerstones and the Imagine capital campaigns and projects, which undergirded our ability to support and continue the $200,000 worth of ministry and mission activity that this building makes possible every year

I remember retirements and leavings of leadership staff members, of program staff, and administrative staff, wonderful colleagues with whom I shared hard work and vital ministry. I celebrate the commitments to care and justice: ongoing programming, our first Nicklesville hosting and other Tent City and Mary’s Place hostings. And other hostings we have done over the years, some behind the scenes. Commitments to existing programs while being open to new ones. I appreciate our ways of saying good-bye to programs that served a faithful purpose, and whose time had come to an end, and ways we’ve welcomed new ones whose time arrived. I’m grateful for your support for my work in the national UCC biennial General Synod, and for even asking sometimes about the really wonky work I’ve done there!

The church has a variety of seasons, including Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost. Seasons of focus and attention. And the church also has another season, called Ordinary Time: the season between the major ones. And Ordinary Time is my favorite season. I’ve felt that our time here has likewise had lots of Ordinary Time: time when we carry out our work and ministry, when we serve, care, worship, sing, support. When we make a difference with ongoing, often quiet care and commitment, when we move forward in hope and in service. When we appreciate each other, love and support and care for each other, and carry on…

Through the ordinary time and the other, there’s been a constant—wonderful people. I’m grateful for the many times of joy: births, new friends, graduations, commitments and daily life. And I’m grateful for being together in times of sorrow and pain: losses through death or changes in life, challenging situations—some painful at the time yet where good surfaced out of the pain, learning how to say good-bye, bless you. We’ve served God together, and I look back with gratitude.