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.

Beloved community, my twice-postponed sabbatical is fast approaching. As I explore the roots of my personal identity and the African roots of Christianity, you will dive deep into the question of identity and belonging back home at UCUCC. My sabbatical theme “I Am Because We Are: a Journey Towards Belonging,” is echoed in our UCUCC fall worship theme of Ubuntu. This shared exploration, in two different continents, will keep us connected to each other. Benjamin and I appreciate your prayers! For those who want a more detailed look at our travels, here is our itinerary:

Sept 7 –17: Traveling by air from Seattle to Kisumu, Kenya
We’ll have a layover in Amsterdam and an overnight in Nairobi before we find ourselves in a cottage in Kisumu, Kenya; the closest city to Rabuor Village. Over the next week we’ll meet up with Loyce in Rabuor, meeting her family and learning first-hand about all the work going on with Mwanzo.

Sept 17—22: Back to Nairobi and a Safari
We’ll be in Kenya during the time of the great migration so we will spend 3 days and 2 nights at the Masai Mara Reserve seeing everything we can. Then we’ll be back in Nairobi to prepare for the official start of sabbatical time! From September 22nd onward we will have no church contact until January 10th, 2023.

Sept 22—Oct 6: Malawi
In Malawi we will spend our time visiting with Amy’s friend Masankho’s family. Masankho will be traveling doing peacemaking work but his family will host us and we will have a chance to visit the village where he grew up (Tukombo Village in northern Malawi). I will especially be enjoying the night sky with different constellations and little to no light pollution.

Oct 6—Oct 22: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Here we stay with a local family-hosted AirBnB and visit with Amy’s birth family. We explore one of the few modern cities developed with little to no European influence. Take a listen to this interview to hear more about this, or check out the whole series from “To The Best of Our Knowledge” called “Ideas from Africa” that can be found here.

Oct 22—Oct 29: Alexandria, Egypt
We’ll be picked up from Cairo and driven to Alexandria, Egypt. Here we’ll explore the local culture and the ancient history. On our way back to Cairo we’ll visit the Coptic Monasteries in Wadi El-Natrum.

Oct 29-Nov 11: Cairo and Beyond…
These two weeks we’ll be in the hands of a tour company seeing the National Museum, the Great Pyramids, a cruise on the Nile with time to see Abu Simbel, a couple days in Hurghada, snorkeling in the Red Sea, and a day back in Cairo exploring the Pharaonic Village.

Nov 11—19: Rome, Italy
We’ll spend this week exploring Rome (we’ll tell the Pope you all said hello!) and eating pasta and gelato. I will be noticing and connecting Rome and Italy’s deep connections with Christianity in Ethiopia and Egypt; our shared Christian roots.

Nov 19—Dec 6: Transatlantic Cruise
We begin the long and slow journey back to Seattle, with time to reflect and internalize our experiences. In order to notice the distance we will abstain from air travel from this point forward. Traveling to Africa with two African American boys (Benjamin and his friend), and then taking them home on a transatlantic boat journey is a poignant and intentional choice.

Dec 6—15: New York to Seattle
We’ll continue the long, slow journey back to Seattle by sleeper car on Amtrak, watching this country roll by from one coast to another.

Dec 15—Jan 10: Seattle Home
We’ll spend this last month resting and reflecting and see you all soon! You’ll likely see Benjamin at church but my first Sunday back will be January 15th.