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.

Friends, this is the first real Tenderfierce Portrait. Last week I shared a self portrait and that feels quite different than  a portrait made alongside another person. At least to me it does. 

Here’s a little reminder about what we’re doing: in a Tenderfierce Portrait, I aim to notice and uplift a tenderfierce moment or season in the life of an individual. I’ve welcomed a person to share a tenderfierce story. We met, made photos and shared words and I’ve written the piece that follows. As church family, I welcome you into listening and seeing. It’s a powerful thing to witness and be witnessed in a tenderfierce time. If you would like to join the conversation, please type in a comment or connect with the UCUCC office for contact information for Adrien or myself (office@universityucc.org). Likewise, if you would like to share your tenderfierce moment/season/story, please reach out to me through the UCUCC office (office@universityucc.org) or leave a comment below. 

Today, I have the joy of introducing my friend Adrien. Adrien and I have been friends a good while, since her son and my oldest daughter were in kindergarten together. Perhaps because I do the work that I do, I share my faith but only very gently. I mean, I always speak using “I-statements” and I invite, but only in a quiet, respectful way, without expectation. It’s hard to explain but if you know me, you know. I began inviting Adrien to come to UCUCC some years ago. Adrien joined me at an 11pm Christmas Eve service several years ago. When we walked out of the sanctuary, it was into a world twinkling with freshly fallen  snow. Though that experience was truly magical, I believe it was time, the “virtual church” of the pandemic, and our continued conversations about faith that have allowed for the slow build up of relationship that Adrien needed.

Adrien is married to Brandon and together they have a son, Isaac. Isaac is in the sixth grade and joined the UCUCC youth group this fall. Adrien and Isaac decorated their trunk for the Halloween event this year, they’ve served at Teen Feed, and participated in and led worship. 

Adrien

I’ve only been in Adrien’s backyard one or two other times. Her family has a little house in Northwest Seattle. Adrien cares a great deal about her garden and the animals and plants that make their home with her and her family. I dare say it’s one of her spiritual practices. Adrien shares that tending her garden has connected her to her mom and to her friends, especially during this time of disconnection brought on by the pandemic. Today, she shows me the basin where she and Brandon have been providing water for wildlife. It’s carefully sheltered by a little bush, still holding onto a few golden leaves. It looks more like a tiny pond, magically free from ice, than just a pot of water put out for the birds. There’s fresh seed and suet in the feeders too. 

While we talk, a little teensy bird comes close to our feet. Later, squirrels enjoy their fill. 

In the back yard there are a couple of mirrors around, Issac’s little playhouse, a slack line, many little trees in the shelter of a couple of big Douglas firs, and a beautifully weathered blue shed. We talk near the shed/garage (which I have decided is a tiny barn) and Adrien shares her tenderfierce season. 

Because we know each other well, we can speak in the shorthand of friendship. I almost don’t have to ask what she wants to talk about. Adrien shares about the tenderfierceness that was born the moment she became a parent. She shares about the ways her protectiveness blossomed and grew alongside her son. Though she shared moments of exclusion and hurt, that wasn’t her main focus.

In fact, Adrien’s tears didn’t begin to fall until she talked about the welcoming she has experienced at UCUCC. “Here’s what it is”, she said. Adrien held her hands out, cupped with fingers gently touching, as if making space for something sacred to land. There was something of awe as she began to describe what it’s like to open to welcome. Adrien shared about the long years of waiting and wondering about finding, not a faith community per se, but a safe place to be her whole self. A place where her son and her husband could be their whole selves too. Adrien shared how her doubts were in conversation with her protectiveness; how the doubts had always been too big to soothe the protectiveness away. 

We talked about the difference between being safe in a community and being in a community where nothing bad ever happens. We shared about repair and forgiveness and the increasing importance of having trustworthy adults around as our tweens take some first independent steps. We shared the knowledge that our children will get hurt and that the beloved community will be around to model various paths towards healing. The beloved community will be there to celebrate many diverse ways to be a grown up, and travel alongside our children as they get there. The beloved community will be there to challenge our young people towards greater compassion, the shifting of privilege and seeking of racial, environmental, disability and LGBTQ+ justice. The beloved community will be there to receive the anger and joy and creativity of its young people as they nudge us all towards justice. Tearfully we both held the hope that maybe we won’t be alone staring at the wonder of our children, but have a whole community to do that with us.

Later, we circled back to the gesture of her hands. I asked her to talk more about it. Adrien described her surprise to find something like a crystal there, something entirely made of light, that precious and rare. As she held this sacred thing close to her heart, I challenged her to make a position towards which she wanted to move. Adrien turned her face and her cupped hands towards the sky. Hands tentatively outstretched, she smiled with her eyes closed. I reflected back that she seemed happy. Adrien looked at me, proving that there is always mystery in the soul of another and said, “It’s so hard. It’s so hard to open up to it, even when I can see what might be right there.”