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.

After being recommended by the Music Director Search Committee and affirmed by the Worship and Music Committee, Benjamin Rogers was approved as permanent Music Director for University UCC by the Church Council at a special Council meeting on December 5.

A search committee to identify and recommend a candidate for position of UCUCC Music Director was formed in November. The committee was made up of: Betty Spieth-Croll (Worship and Music), Rose Morrison (Choir), Joyce Jackson (Personnel), Pastor Steve Jerbi (Music Director supervisor), and John Worthington (Worship and Music). The team agreed to consider Interim Music Director Benjamin Rogers before expanding the search. Benjamin has served as Interim Music Director since September 2020.

The Search Committee talked with each of the 2020 Interim Music Director Search Committee members and sent an online survey to choir members about their experience in the music program since autumn 2020. Thirty choir members responded. They talked with Benjamin’s supervisor, Pastor Steve, and with members of the tech team that the Music Director works with to create virtual music. And they held an hour-long conversation with Benjamin to hear about his past 15 months at UCUCC and his vision for our music program under his leadership as Music Director. According to committee chair Betty Spieth-Croll, “From the input we gathered, it is clear Benjamin is well-liked, highly capable and skilled in both music and technology, deeply spiritual and attached to our faith community, and is committed to continuing the vision of an inclusive UCUCC music program.”

In announcing Benjamin’s hiring into the permanent position, Pastor Steve Jerbi affirmed the Council’s decision, “We are moving into a pivotal time for the life of our congregation and our music ministry is essential to shaping our life together. I feel blessed that Benjamin will be directing us as we navigate choir returning, new formats for online worship, the eventual return to congregational singing and all the hills and valleys we’ll cross along the way. His vision, affirmed by the Worship and Music committee, is to create an inclusive space for people to participate in making beautiful music in service to God.

In mid-December, Kiran Frank began work as Office Assistant and Communications Coordinator.

Kiran was involved with the University UCC community as an undergrad at the University of Washington. They have most recently been living in Vancouver, BC, and have been involved with disability justice organizing. Kiran returned to the US this fall, with new pronouns (they/them) and a slightly different name. Kiran says, “I look forward to reconnecting with the University UCC community and supporting the great work you do.” Director of Finance and Administration Kyna Shilling, notes, “We’re excited to welcome them to the team.”