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 – and 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.

March is our anniversary time. The picture of my dog Mac here was taken on the first day after our governor announced a statewide school closure to try to slow the spread of COVID, and I moved my work to my home, where it has been now for a year.  I don’t know about you, but for me with every day that passes right now I find myself thinking, “Last year at this time . . . “  

Last week I found myself reaching out to my “virtual” community with this question: “As we are approaching the anniversary of our lockdown, social distancing, pandemic time I am assembling a list of words I rarely or never used, or that I understood in a different way before COVID. What would you add?” I was moved not only by the words folks offered, but by all the feelings that came up as people listed them. Since poetry holds our hearts in its own particular way, and because my heart needs holding in this anniversary time, from that list of words, I built this anniversary poem.

 

Pandemic
Quarantine      Lockdown     Contact tracing      The Before times     Aerosols
You’re muted      Unmute

Super spreader      Social bubble      Distance learning      Six feet
      Flatten the curve     Exponential     Return to normal      Don’t return to normal
Pod     Asynchronous      Social distancing      Long hauler      Masking      Smizing     Anitmasker 
Zooming      Live stream      Doom scrolling      Hybrid      N95     PPE
Jigsaw puzzles      Pandemic projects      Nasal swab      Ventilator
Quaranteam      Hydroxychloroquine      Asymptomatic
Curbside pickup      Unprecedented      Essential worker
Asynchronous     Virtual office    Virtual choir      Virtual worship      Lag
Waiting room      Zoom fatigue      Unstable connection
You’re muted      Unmute

Contactless delivery      Contactless pick up      Drive thru
Virtual lessons      Learning cohort      Double mask
Moderna      Pfizer      Antivaccer      Vaccine envy      Vaccine tiers
First shot     Second shot      Variant     One shot      Post pandemic     

Return to normal      Don’t return to normal     Never return to normal
You’re muted      Unmute