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.

The world can be a troubling place. International crisis after crisis flood the media, which can rapidly move our attention from one situation to the next, pushing previous concerns to back page status. Our congregation (and our partners) have maintained steadfast commitment to the Afghan crisis, particularly manifested in our support of the Hamidi family that moved to King County earlier this year. It will take a long time, but gradually things are put in place to help this family of 8 adapt to their new environment. In the meantime, the suffering of those remaining in Afghanistan, most particularly women and children, increases on a daily basis. The horrors confronted by these people are beyond our wildest imagination.

Recently, Amnesty International published a comprehensive report based on extensive investigation of rules and practices, and interviews of Afghan residents living under increasingly harsh Taliban rule. Learn more about these abuses here. What follows is a brief summary of a few of their findings and recommendations to remedy current atrocities.

In less than a year, the Taliban have decimated the rights of women and girls, including their rights to education, work, free movement, and protection and support for those fleeing domestic violence. Women and girls are subject to detention and maltreatment for supposed infractions of Taliban restrictions and policies, and the rate of forced and childhood marriages is growing. Some mothers endorse the child bride marriages of their daughters, knowing that after marriage they won’t go hungry any longer. One Afghan woman described these practices as “death in slow motion”.

Amnesty offers recommendations to the Taliban (the de facto “authority” of Afghanistan) for specific abuses of a variety of rules. Other recommendations are targeted for a variety of NGO and world-wide government agencies, suggesting that the international community should step up and increase pressure on the Taliban. Other recommendations call for recognition and enforcement of existing laws and agreements. Many are targeted to mediate the atrocities currently suffered by women and girls. A specific recommendation pertains to the right for free assembly. Recently, Al Jazeera reported on a rally held in the Afghan capitol of Kabul just days before the one year anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover. Women chanted “ bread, work, and freedom” outside the Education Ministry. Subsequently members of the Taliban Intelligence Service arrived, shooting weapons in the air, tearing protest banners, and taking cell phones belonging to protestors. Some of the journalists covering the event were beaten.

Amnesty International is an organization supported by our church, including contributions from a special offering, and an informational forum on their ongoing work. Additional monetary support to continue and expand their work is greatly needed. You can contribute here.