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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. Weekly services are are available on line after they are initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

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 10 am 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.

~Gail Crouch

We hear or say it together every Sunday:
“We gather as guests of the Duwamish people on their traditional land that touches the shared waters of other Coast Salish tribes.….”

Our Land Acknowledgement Statement has become an important part of how we open each Sunday’s worship service. But what does it all mean? Is it just a collection of words we say by rote or quickly without thought? Some see it as a statement that supports our anti-racism work – and it is that. Some see it specifically as supporting our Indigenous siblings – and it is that. But what if we see it as part of our theological and liturgical focus – for it can be that also.

Rev. Stephanie Perdew, one of our UCC conference ministers and a member of the Cherokee Nation, has suggested such an approach. In her recent article in The Christian Century, Perdew makes some important statements and suggestions. The best land acknowledgements in faith-based communities are “a process as much as a product, and the process itself is a pedagogy.” We learn about all the removals, landstealing, relocation and breaking of treaties as we write and live with a land acknowledgement statement. Our own land acknowledgment took a couple of years to write as we consulted with local Indigenous people; held workshops on issues relating to the topic; had a Seabeck week led by Dina Julio-Whitaker; and attended an Ally building workshop. We learned a lot in the process.

But speaking the land acknowledgement in worship can be broader than education or allyship. The acknowledgement can also function as a form of confession and repentance both of which are deeply embedded in our Christian tradition. Says Perdew: “Land acknowledgements in Christian communities are not just political but theological and liturgical. We might think of them as a form of Christian anamnesis: remembering, which calls the past into the present for the sake of the future. When it functions as an act of confession and repentance, the gathered community confesses and remembers the painful, sinful actions which displaced tribal communities from their homelands in the name of the state and with the blessing and collusion of the church.”

But we don’t confess in a vacuum. Every week in worship we communally confess – we speak words of truth and then try to live out that truth in concrete ways. After confessing, we hear Words of Assurance, so that loved and forgiven we are sent out
to do the work of God’s kindom here on earth. We are sent forth to do the “work of repair and restoration.” So the next time we say the Land Acknowledgement together in worship, see it as a justice statement AND a liturgical piece of our worship service, part of being the Body of Christ in the world.