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.

Have you seen the April-July UCUCC Red Wall display?   Did you, your child, or grandchild respond to the invitation to make a “paper person” representation of yourself or a Kenyan individual?  Our congregation is interwoven with Mwanzo’s story, symbolized by the dolls that are linked hand in hand with student art from Mwanzo Wetu Center of Excellence Academy (MWCEA).  Find the drawings that include a “what I want to be when I grow up” statement by the artist.  These children aspire to become doctors, astronauts, teachers, lawyers, nurses, and pilots, leading Rabuor into the future. Hope is alive here!

On Sundays, perhaps you enter the UCUCC narthex through the 16th street doors, move to the sanctuary for worship and leave via the same route.  Please make a detour to the Red Wall, for as a member of our congregation you have contributed to the Mwanzo story of hope and are part of this celebratory display.

Start near the UCUCC office door, recalling that Mwanzo means “New Beginnings.” The three hundred square feet of Red Wall relate Mwanzo’s story, depicted by over 150 photographs, MWCEA student drawings, biographical sketches of teachers and explanations of Mwanzo’s initiatives.   These dreams have been voiced by Rabuor community members, to whom Loyce listens deeply when she visits her childhood village.  Stories and pictures are embellished by jewelry and handicrafts from Kenya.  There is even an area that invites the participation of children.  Read the reflections of the three members of our congregation who have visited Rabuor.  Celebrate the generosity of Love and Justice, Sacred Earth Matters, Superfluity and many individual UCUCC members who have supported Mwanzo through its first decade.

The Red Wall display is chronologic, beginning at “Coming Together” – showing pictures of the early preschool that started when Loyce visited her childhood village more than 10 years ago.  There she found her mother, Rosemell, welcoming and feeding AIDS orphans, while her father, a teacher, instructed them.  Loyce returned to Seattle, and we began working together.

Then “Learning Together” features the two-story school, built by Rabuor’s determined community with Mwanzo’s support. MWCEA has become the focus of life and hope for more than 280 students. Become acquainted with four remarkable Mwanzo teachers, whose first-person narratives are displayed. “Travelling Together” recalls the purchase of a school bus and the excitement of children in nearby villages who can now attend school.  “Powered by Solar Together” celebrates the 2021 installation of solar panels and storage batteries, to provide reliable electricity for school and community, just as MWCEA’s rainwater collection, storage and pumping system has provided reliable water for drinking and sanitation.  And at “Sewing Together” (with electricity!) photos show women sewing school and scouting uniforms on site with sewing machines purchased with support from UCUCC Love and Justice.

See the “Growing Together” initiates of women’s groups, including microfinance, catering, poultry, the tree seedling program and sustainable vegetable gardening.  “Resilience Together” looks to the future of the Community Center, the first floor of which has now been completed.

We can hardly wait to see what the next decade brings!  Please consider becoming a monthly sustaining Circle of Hope donor at  www.mwanzo.org.

This Red Wall display will remain up through the month of July.  If you are attending worship on-line and would like to visit away from crowds, please email or text Rose Morrison, who will be delighted to facilitate your visit.

Rose Morrison, Mwanzo board member