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 – and acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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 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.

Monday April 5 at 7:00 pm
Join the Seabeck Book Club as we contemplate “The Three Sisters” as shared by Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book Braiding Sweetgrass. “Plants tell their stories not by what they say, but by what they do. … What if you had no language at all and yet there was something you need to say? Wouldn’t you dance it? Wouldn’t you act it out? Wouldn’t your every movement tell the story?” So how did squash, corn, and beans become sisters?

The Seabeck Book Club is contemplating the knowledge shared by Professor Kimmerer not just for current meditation but also to ready our minds to participate in the Seabeck Virtual Summer Camp 2021 on indigenous peoples and immigrants.

 

Monday April 12 at 7:00 pm

Many interesting ideas are laid out for us in Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. For instance, we learn in “Wisgaak Gokpenagen: A Black Ash Basket” that basket weaving with black ash is different from using willow. You start with the tree. “[I]t’s not enough to simply find black ash; it has to be the right one–a tree ready to be a basket. An ideal basket ash has a straight, clear bole with no branches in the lower trunk. …When [John’s] found the right one, the harvest begins. Not with a saw, though, but rather with a conversation. Traditional harvesters recognize the individuality of each tree as a person, a nonhuman forest person. Trees are not taken, but requested.” (pp. 143-144).

Monday April 19 at 7:00 pm
The Seabeck Book Club reading of Braiding Sweetgrass continues with Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass. Student Laurie undertakes serious research to determine which of two traditional ways of harvesting sweetgrass is best for the sweetgrass. Her thesis committee took some convincing, but in the end her properly constructed experiment was approved.  What she found out might surprise you; it did me.

Monday April 26 at 7:00 pm
What does citizenship mean to you? In Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer she considers what citizenship means in a nation of maples (“Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide).

I suppose that one of the features of being a member of a nation is shared currency. In Maple Nation, the currency is carbon. It is traded, exchanged, bartered among community members from atmosphere to tree to beetle to woodpecker to fungus to log to firewood to atmosphere and back to tree. No waste, shared wealth, balance, and reciprocity. What better model for a sustainable economy do we need? (p.171)