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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

The Bad Muslim Discount , the new novel by Syed M. Masood, is an emotionally searing and thought-provoking look at the experience of Muslim immigrants in the US. Why, in the 1990’s, did two families leave their home in Iran or Pakistan? Masood limns vividly the lives of two young people and their families and their quirky ways of coping.

We first meet Anvar as a 10-year-old boy reluctantly sacrificing a goat for the end of Eid-al-Adha in Karachi. Fast forward to his teens Anvar is always bested by his perfect older brother and always defeated at checkers by his loving grandmother, Naani Jaan. One day over a game she observes, “You’re caught in a zugzwang, Anvar. You have to take your turn, but anything you do will cost you pieces. There are no good options. This happens. Sometimes all you get are dark clouds. Sometimes there are no silver linings. Just make the best move you can and hope the weather will turn.” (p.89)

When Muslim fanatics threaten Anvar’s family over the Western music they are playing, his father decides to move the family to San Francisco. There Anwar goes to high school but is still bound by Muslim culture. For instance, Muslims are forbidden to go to prom. Yet lovely fellow Muslim Zuha prods him until he caves to her plan and develops tactics to make it possible – right under the nose of his mother. After college Anvar is invited to talk to the local mosque whose imam observes “Americans like to keep you entertained. It keeps kids from thinking. There is always a big game or a playoff, new music or a new show they just have to watch. Every time I feel like they’re starting to focus on spiritual matters, the material world seduces them again.” (p.160)

Safwa is first trapped at home in Iran taking care of her dying mother, then her dying brother, then by the radicals. Eventually escaping to Pakistan she and her father are just as trapped there. Safwa uses her wits and feminine wiles to get them both out. Then she is trapped still by Muslim culture and her father in a run-down apartment in San Francisco, the same one where Anvar is now living. They meet and life gets more complex.

How does the weather change so Anvar, Zuha, and Safwa each find some kind of satisfactory ending? Read it and learn – and have fun along the way.
— Submitted by Beth Bartholomew