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.

A reflection after the death of Patrinell (Pat) Wright in September 2022, by Mary E. Maltman

One sunny afternoon years ago at the Emergency Feeding Program, Rev. O.J. Moore, the Director at the time stopped by my desk and said, “Mary, please come over to my office for a minute. I think you may have some idea of how to help with a problem.” I walked in to see Patrinell (Pat) Wright – a glorious gospel singer and director of the Total Experience Gospel Choir, sitting in a chair by Rev. Moore’s desk.

Pat explained that the Total Experience Gospel Choir, then composed of 40 children of varying ages and several adult instrumentalists, had been invited to Australia to be contestants in an annual classical music competition. Pat had responded that they were honored, but that their music was gospel, rather than classical. The response was, “We really want you anyway!”

Pat decided to accept the invitation and set about scheduling concerts to fund airfare and hotel space for everyone. As she neared the deadline of July 10, there was a shortage of $8,000. She attempted to get a personal bank loan but was turned down – even though her credit was good, and she held a mortgage at this bank. They were not interested in loaning to an African American woman. The tickets would have to be returned and the pending reservations cancelled.

Rev. Moore turned to me and asked if I could help. I gulped. I was at that time trying to keep The Children’s School afloat. And then, as he wanted me to, I thought of our church. The difficulty was that we were going through a tough patch at church. Two of our three ministers were gone, and the church was in transition. The remaining minister was Pastor Gail Crouch. When she heard of the need — and I’ll never forget it — she said, “Well, I think we might be able to find some money somewhere for this. Invite Pat over, and we will go and talk with the Finance Manager about this emergency.”

We met with the Finance Manager, who was inclined to say no, but Pastor Gail responded that there was money that we could lend, and that we should do so. The Finance Manager wanted the Finance Committee to talk about it at their meeting in two weeks. Pat said it would be way too late by then. I then (with no appreciable assets) asked if it would help if I co-signed the loan document. Pastor Gail asked, “So what would that look like?” We finally worked out an agreement for the loan stating that Pat would borrow $8,000 to be paid back at noon on December 31st, signed by Pat and co-signed by me.

The Total Experience Gospel Choir did travel to the beautiful Opera House in Sydney where they won First Prize in the competition! And Pat Wright walked into our church office on December 31st at noon with a check for $8,000 in hand. The next summer the choir was invited to compete in Germany. This time they raised all but $3,000 and this time they did not need my signature to borrow funds from UCUCC. Although they did not win First Prize, the following summer German choirs came to visit them in Seattle, hosted in local homes. Several families stayed with members of our church, bringing all of us more closely together.

Since then, our church has maintained a connection with Pat and her choir. The Total Experience Gospel Choir performed at events that benefitted projects our church was involved in. Pat Wright placed her grandson in our Child Care Program and in the Children’s School, attending and singing at each Child Care anniversary party, and she has sung and brought her choir to sing in our church services when invited. Although I had not even heard of it then, surely this connection was generated by the mutual love and working together expressed in Ubuntu.