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.

Wolves!

Wolves!

Several people have asked to read a text of my sermon from November 20th, 2022. So I am posting it here.  If you want to watch/listen to the sermon, you can do so here.  Ezekiel 34 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel;... Read more...
Along Came A Spider

Along Came A Spider

    Do you know how long it takes a spider to spin a web? I can tell you exactly how long: one hour and fifteen minutes. That how long it took the Lunch Spider to do it. On nice days I like to have to my mom over for lunch out on the deck. So even though it... Read more...
Seeds of Change/ Food for Thought

Seeds of Change/ Food for Thought

  In 2014 we moved to a little village in Switzerland, just outside Geneva. We moved there at the beginning of July, just when the sunflowers were at their peak. I walked our dog Max by these sunflowers fields every morning. It was like strolling by a crowd of... Read more...
The Voice

The Voice

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Feed My Sheep. Period.

Feed My Sheep. Period.

  Jesus had to tell Simon Peter three times, “Feed my sheep.” I can only think this is because 1) Peter was a slow learner, 2) Peter didn’t really like sheep, 3) feeding sheep is harder than it looks or 4) all of the above. What do sheep do when there is not a... Read more...
Le Tour de Church!

Le Tour de Church!

Last week I found myself searching for guidance from Jesus on bicycling . I was shocked he never mentions it. Biking was probably just too dangerous for him, what with those sandals and long robes. But think how much faster he could have spread the Good News with his... Read more...
Cheers!

Cheers!

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Sailing Away

Sailing Away

I read a thought provoking story the other day. It’s about two ships in a harbor, one about to set out and the other just coming in. The crowd is cheering and celebrating the boat about to set out while the one who has finished the journey slips in unnoticed. A sage... Read more...