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.

Collection of small paper Christmas tags arranged on wooden table and surrounded by pine branches on festive seasonThis year, we step into Advent after 18 months of change, reimagining, emergence, retirement planning, and all of the ups and downs that life in a pandemic brings. In the midst of all that, we want to bring you an Advent season of hopeful preparation with worship, spiritual practice, and traditions, old and new.

Advent Worship theme: A Brighter Day
God is our peacemaker, a miracle worker, and a way maker. God promises us when the storm clouds roll through, a brighter day is coming. This Advent we look at the wild ways God is doing an unexpected and joyous thing. We hear of peace and awe, promise and providence. Sometimes God’s ways feel disruptive and discombobulating; we are invited in these times to lean into the promise that God is working things together for good. Even when we are faced with challenges, we can live into the Brighter Day God is promising us.

Community Spiritual Practice
For many of us, our faith life is something we check into. We go to worship on Sundays (or digitally at another time), we might do a “church thing” once a month or once a week, and that’s where faith formation happens. Whether our days are filled with tasks, tests, and to-dos or our rhythm is wondering how to fill our time with something meaningful, a daily spiritual practice can be a challenge. This Advent and Christmas season we invite the church to do something each and every day that centers our spirituality and prepares for the Brighter Day received in the birth of Jesus. This could be a daily devotional; activities in the Children, Youth, and Family advent kits or the build-your-own kit; or something as simple as lighting a candle, reading a scripture, and praying. If daily faith formation is new (or even if it isn’t), it might be fun or challenging. Remember, we call it a practice because it takes practice to make it a habit.

Advent activities and events
November 28 – first Sunday of Advent
Advent Kits: Plan to pick up your pre-ordered Advent kit after worship— more info is on page 8 in the Youth, Children and Families section.
Cookie Exchange! We are trying something new this year—for those who love to bake and want to share their favorite cookies (or just get the extra calories out of the house!), we will begin a cookie exchange on November 28th. Please look for details in the upcoming weekly emails.

December 5 – second Sunday of Advent
Christmas Family program, and Offering of Gifts Theses are two of the most beloved traditions in the UCUCC community during Advent. This year, at the request of the Social Service agencies we work with, these will move one week earlier than usual. Details about these are on this and the facing page.

More to come! We are reimagining our Advent activities to continue our traditions, while maintaining our safety precautions during the pandemic.

Christmas Family Program
It is time to request a Christmas family for adoption! Each year, members and friends adopt a family or an individual that has been provided to us by agencies and purchase gifts for them. Like last year, the agencies we work with have requested gift cards only to allow minimum contact between agencies, recipients and donors.

Request a family or individual by emailing Pris at pkloess@gmail.com or call 425-202-7911. Alternatively, you may select a family on Sunday, November 21 or 28 in the Narthex before or after the church service. The gift cards will need to be brought to church on December 5 (or mail to church by that date).

You will be provided with the family you requested along with the types of gift cards they would like and other instructions. Please budget for a minimum of $50 per individual. The agencies we are working with
include Lake City Holiday Project, Bethany UCC, and Compass Housing Alliance. As an alternative, you may make a monetary gift to the church designated Christmas Families to serve families that are not adopted. Preference is for the donation to be made on- line at https://www.universityucc.org/give/ or you may mail it to the church. Together we can help make Christmas special for many in our community.