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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

Worship Series for this season of Advent is Generations: An exploration of how we experience the sacred in different ways in different seasons of our lives.

The gift of “intergenerational community” is the possibility of connecting to (and benefiting from) the insights and experiences of people in different stages of life’s journey. Just as we might feel rejuvenated and inspired by the presence of a newborn baby, there is a profound sense of depth and presence that takes a whole human lifetime to acquire. Likewise teenagers, adults, and young children all possess unique perspectives and valuable lessons that are invaluable to the wider congregation, and a key part of nurturing the beloved community is celebrating those contributions and making space to learn from them.

This Advent season, we’ll explore how our faith journey manifests in different ways in different seasons of our lives. We’ll look at how the birth of Jesus (and the promise of his return) was and is appreciated in varying ways depending on one’s point of view and lived experience, but also how the mysteries and challenges encountered by one generation might be hindered or helped by another. Such an exploration inevitably asks us to appreciate a perspective sympathetic to the “seventh generation principle” of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) philosophy, which asks us to consider not just how our thoughts, words and deeds shape the world today, but how they impact our children, our children’s children, and even our children’s children’s children… up to seven generations into the future.

Spiritual Practice:

Think about a person who belongs to a different generation than you, perhaps older or younger, who has added to the quality of your life. Did that person teach you something? Offer a new experience? Help shape your values? You could write a memory of that lesson, or you could write a letter to that person as you recall that lesson.

Christian Contemplative Service

Monday, December 18, 7:00 pm, Chapel (No online availability)
In addition to our Sunday services, you are welcome to join this service of silent prayer and reflection on the nativity story and the season of advent, Led by Pastor Michael Ellick.

December worship services (Online worship each week is available by clicking here.)

December 3—1st Sunday of Advent – Lighting the candle of PeaceSermon:
Preacher: Rev. Michael Ellick
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
On this first Sunday in December, our Chancel Choir is presenting a piece called “O Love” by Elaine Hagenberg, and will be joined by Terry Moore on cello. This piece is a setting of the hymn written by George Matheson in 1882. There is a beautiful promise told in this poem, “that morn shall tearless be,” that inspired this selection to remind us of hope as we begin our advent preparations.

December 10—2nd Sunday of Advent – Lighting the candle of Love
Sermon: Generations—Adults
Preacher: Rev. Amy Roon
Scripture: Mark 1:1-8
This Sunday will be a pick-up choir Sunday! Join the Chancel Choir in the sanctuary at 9am to learn the piece “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth” from the unfinished oratorio, Christus, by Felix Mendelssohn. The Chancel Choir is preparing “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo as the offertory.

December 17—3rd Sunday of Advent – Lighting the candle of Joy
Sermon: Generations—Children
Preacher: Rev. Michael Ellick
Scripture: Matthew 18:1-7
Fellowship of the Ringers Hand Bell Choir will be sharing music with us today! The hand bell choir is directed by church member and Artist in Residence Nadine Santo Pietro.

December 18 – Living in the Dark—A contemplative Christmas Service.
7:00pm in the Chapel
Led by Pastor Micheal Ellick

December 24 (10am) – 4th Sunday of Advent – Lighting the candle of Hope
Sermon: Generations—Infants
Annual Christmas Pageant
The morning of December 24th we will have our annual rendition of the Christmas pageant—Everyone’s Pageant. Come be a part of the pageant and sing through beloved Christmas carols!

December 24 (8pm) – Christmas Eve—lighting of the Christ Candle
Preacher: Rev. Michael Ellick
Scripture: Luke 2:1-16
At our 8pm service, the Chancel Choir will be taking you through a musical telling of the story of Jesus’s birth, and the pure light of love that radiates from this story is represented in the music that is woven throughout the service. Some of the musical pieces you will hear include “Where the Light Begins” by Susan LaBarr, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, and “Love’s Pure Light” by Elaine Hagenberg.

December 31—Christmastide
Sermon: Generations—Elders
Preacher: Rev. Steve Jerbi
Scripture: Luke 2:25-35
At our New Years Eve service, Larke Witten will be our guest musician. Larke is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of Washington pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Conducting. Larke received a Bachelor’s of Music from Brigham Young University in Vocal Performance. After graduating, she taught students ranging from young children to adults, but mostly with high school students in the choral programs of the North East Independent School District of San Antonio, Texas.