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.

It is a joy, a relief, and a strong sense of satisfaction to be able to report that the Hamidi family has made significant strides toward independence and self-efficacy. They moved into their permanent home over the Memorial Day weekend with help from many of our Welcome Team volunteers. The move seems to be the catalyst for much that has followed.
The father purchased a used car which he uses to commute to his new job at SeaTac Airport, driving rental cars to customers. In the meantime, the mother is setting-up to do piecemeal sewing projects from home. The oldest son is working part-time and attending Seattle Central Community College to obtain his GED degree before studying for the computer field. The younger children had a brief exposure to the Renton schools they will attend in the fall, receiving warm welcomes from leadership staff, teachers, and students. They are excited to resume these new relationships at the end of summer. All family members continue their English language lessons.
Summer has also provided an opportunity for family members to learn more about their new environment. For example, in late June one of our team members took four of the Hamidi children to the waterfront, including a ride on the Ferris wheel. It was clear the kids were having an experience they could not have imagined. Many photos were taken and the kids chatted about boats, mountains, the cityscape and many sights that most of us take for granted. Then, on a lovely July day, all eight family members were guided through the Seattle Zoo by Cora Trujillo (Prospect UCC), and were accompanied by Janet Acker and Cassie Emanuel. The Hamidis had a hilarious time pronouncing the difficult names of several animals like rhinoceros and hippopotamus. Family favorites were the Komodo dragon and Yola, the female baby gorilla. Unfortunately, the spreading avian flu meant all birds are now sequestered indoors away from the public, so the outdoor penguin exhibit was not available. A special note of gratitude to one of our church members who made this popular outing possible.
As you might imagine, resettlement is a long and arduous process for refugees even with help from accompanying sponsors, but meanwhile it’s great to see the family settled in their home and enjoying summer activities.

Submitted by Liz Gilbert