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.

Have you ever had that experience where you really connect with someone you just met? You may have lots in common or nothing in common. But there is just something. I had this experience a few months ago when I interviewed Dr. Mark Goulston for my podcast The Final Say: Conversations with People Facing Death. We connected like old friends.

He was a psychiatrist, an author, a death and dying specialist, so we had that in common. But that doesn’t totally explain it. Early on in the conversation he said, “I thought I would like you, but I really like you.”

That’s nice to hear at the beginning of an interview and to be honest I was somewhat skeptical and thought, he’s trying to butter me up. So I quietly said, “Thank you.”

We talked about his diagnosis: lymphoma, his future treatment: bone marrow transplant, his chances: slim. Surprisingly, as a death and dying specialist, it was difficult for him to talk about his own death. I pushed him on it. I’m telling you all this because I don’t want you to think the whole conversation was hearts and flowers. It got sticky, awkward, messy—and yet the connection remained.

By the end of the hour he was saying if he had known I was in Seattle, he would have come to the Fred Hutch instead of Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles where he lives.

And I was agreeing! I responded, “I could go see you! It would be easy. It’d be a cinch. But at least we’re on the same coast, which I think is a huge deal. You can call me anytime because I’m on your time!” He assured me we would stay in touch and he would have me as a guest on his podcast.

You know those times where you just can’t seem to hang up? I haven’t had many of those moments for a long time. It often feels as if I’m trying to get off a call to move on to the next thing. But this time it was different. “All right,” I said, “It’s hard for me to hang up. Gosh!”

He said, “We will be in touch because of what you’re doing, where you’ve worked. We’re going to stay in touch. Okay, good. Okay, my friend, to be continued.”

I finished editing Mark’s episode, and I decided it would be fun to wait and post it on New Year’s Eve, you know, the very last day of 2023. He had gone in for his bone marrow transplant, maybe a week before, and we’d been texting back and forth. So on New Year’s Eve, I texted him, “Here’s a link to your episode!” A couple hours go by and then I receive a text from him, but it’s not from him.

It reads, “Thank you so much for your messages. This is Billy Goulston, Mark’s son. Sadly, my dad passed away yesterday due to an unexpected infection during his recovery from his bone marrow transplant. I am so sorry I have to tell you this and to do so on New Year’s Eve. But I know my dad cared deeply about his connection with you and would have wanted you to know. Though we do not know much more than the above, if you have any questions, my mom and I can be reached. Warmest regards, Billy.”

Wait, what? We were just texting a couple days ago! I was numb with disbelief.  Now I knew the statistics for a bone marrow transplant for a man of 75. I knew that they weren’t good. And I’ve worked in oncology long enough to know that things happen. And yet—

I know the rules. I’ve been doing this podcast for two years, and the rules are every guest I have on is facing impending death. I know that, and yet—

Our last words were,

Mark: We’ll continue the party.

Me: Okay, all right. So, mwah! I’ll talk to you soon.

Mark: I look forward to it. Take care.

Me: All right, you too. Bye -bye.

At first I couldn’t put my finger on why I was so devastated by this news. And I think it was because of this promise of future friendship that I’d really never had with any of my guests. But isn’t that the same promise we have with all of our friends and family, when the truth is that all we really have is right now?

So I made a special episode and am writing this post as a reminder not only to myself but to all of us that life is precarious and we can’t waste a moment not forgiving someone or not telling them that we love them. We can’t put off writing that thank you note or making that call thinking that we’ll always have later, because really, we can’t be certain there will be a later.

At the end of the conversation, Mark said, “Win, lose, or die, I’m good to go.” I trust he meant it.