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.

picture of the chancel choir in choir room in flannel shirtsBeginning in the fourth grade, the elementary music teacher began coming into our classroom a couple of times a week to teach us music. The first day she was there, she went to each pupil in turn and asked them to sing “America, the Beautiful.” No accompaniment, no singing in a group. Just 25 little solos. When she came to me, I started out bravely, “My country, tis of thee…” I did not get very far into the song before she said, “That’s enough.” In fact, I did not much like the way I sounded either. I could tell she wasn’t impressed.

I believe that was the last solo I every sang. My voice is not very strong, my range is limited, and without an accompaniment or a strong singer next to me, my pitch can get a bad case of wanderlust. So why, you might ask, do I sing in the choir at UCUCC? There are a host of reasons! I love music, and I love making music with other people. And yes, I love singing. In my next life, I hope to come back with a great singing voice, but meanwhile, I’ve resolved to make the best of the voice that God gave me! Besides, according to that great authority Google, singing in a choir is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and more fun than working out.

All God’s creatures got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got.

That simple children’s song sums it up pretty well. God’s creatures sing with whatever they’ve been given.

I believe that God wants us to sing! There are lots of places in the Bible that make this clear:
Psalms 5:11: “Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.”
Psalms 9:2: “I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
Psalms 59:16: “I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.”

Sometimes, in a church of our size, the choir is a place where folks can find their niche. We have fun, friendships blossom and acceptance is generous, regardless of the quality of one’s voice. At the end of every choir practice (7-9 pm on Thursdays, in case you were wondering), we share our joys and concerns and pray together. And not only do we get to sing together, we are all constantly learning how to sing better, and how to express ourselves through music.

After practicing a piece and then singing it in service, I find that the words and the music, and the beauty of what was created, can stay with me for days. Certain phrases become delicious earworms, giving me things to ponder and wonder about throughout the week. Singing in the choir is one of the most spiritual things I do. Yes, I serve on committees and make coffee on Sunday mornings and volunteer when help is needed. But with choir, I can just surrender to the music, do my best without worrying about it, and be nurtured in spirit. And the amazing thing is, we all sing more beautifully when we sing with others. Even me!

Dr. Ian Loeppky, Music Professor at the University of North Alabama put it this way:

Singing in a choir is an absolutely unique experience.
It is one of the most important things in the world.
Where else do you have everyone doing the same thing at the same time
without the use of special equipment and for a greater purpose,
and no one is sitting on the bench.

So if you have EVER thought about joining the choir, please do!  Or at least give it a try. Every once in a while, our director, Benjamin Rogers, invites one and all to a “PIck up choir” Sunday. You can just show up on Sunday morning at 9 am, learn the music, and then sing with the choir.