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.

imageAbout ten years ago at our congregation’s Advent Workshop, we made four mangers. This was an activity for the “more active” children. We thought having them work with wood and nails would keep them occupied. So I drew up a pattern, purchased the materials, and stayed up late the night before the event sawing the wood into the correct lengths, and writing out careful instructions about how to assemble the parts. The next day, Bob, one of our congregation’s resident woodworkers, brought a selection of hand tools and supervised the construction.

As it turned out, we were right about the active children. They seemed to really enjoy the work of drilling and fitting together and fastening wood to wood. In the end we had four nifty little mangers, and many proud builders. I myself was quite pleased with how they turned out.

Three of the four mangers went to my farm, where they are used regularly. They generally stay in the barn to hold the grain that entices the sheep in at night. In the spring, when I set up the lambing jugs (the small pens where new born lambs spend their first few days of life bonding with their moms) I put one of the mangers in each pen. The little feeders are just the right size to hold the nutrient-rich alfalfa for ewes to eat as they feed their babies.

imageThe three mangers in my barn have been well used and are now well-worn. They are dirty and wobbly, and have been repaired many times over the years. The sides are coated smooth with lanolin from the fleeces of the many sheep who have eaten from the mangers, and then rubbed up against them and knocked them over when they are empty.

The fourth manger the children built at that workshop remained at church. It has been used over the years as the manger for our annual Christmas pageant. I usually don’t pay much attention to it, but last year, when we were all practicing our pageant parts just before Christmas Eve, I had a chance to see it again close up. I have grown so used to the way my barn mangers look that it came as a bit of a shock to me to see how different they are now from the church manger.

imageThe one at the church is still clean and sturdy. There are usually no hygienic concerns when children gather around the church manger every Christmas. And if our Joseph and Mary took a notion to place their infant in there, it would hold up without a problem. But my barn mangers? Uh, no.

I love all four of the mangers those children built almost a decade ago. They are useful tools with both of my flocks. They each hold deep memories of love and nurture and care.

And now, after these many years of use, they remind me of something important about my faith as well. I know it is obvious, but I often forget as I get swept up with all my Christmas preparations, that there is quite a story at the heart of it all. And the truth is that in acting out our Christmas story, we do not really want to get too realistic. But there is nothing like working in barn where animals spend the night to remind me just how gritty the images of Christmas really are.

The writer of the Gospel of Luke is saying something profound when he invites us to picture little Lord Jesus laying down his sweet head anywhere near a manger. In today’s terms, the writer might have said Jesus was born in the car that had become his family’s home when they lost their apartment. Or maybe he was born in the tent city who took his parents in when they showed up in town with no place to stay.

imageGod is among us, everywhere. But if we really want to experience that presence this Christmas, we might just look in those places where the whole world assumes there is no room for God. In addition to finding God as we gather around a clean, sturdy manger, we might check the barn as well. We might look in those places we think that God will never show up. Because, as the story goes, it could be anywhere this Christmas that we see God face to face.