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.

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened for you.

For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds,
and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?

Matthew 7:7-10

An early Saturday morning in spring. The newspaper lands with its usual plop on the sidewalk. I retrieve it in robe and slippers, spread it out on the kitchen table, reach for my coffee. I don’t make it past the front page before I feel a wave of anxiety begin to wash over me. War in Ukraine and Gaza drags on, killing countless innocents. The circle of hate and vengeance across our political spectrum grows larger. As extreme weather confronts us, we are reminded daily of the imminent damage of climate change, the suffering of the poor and homeless in our own city does not relent…

As I read of these things, I feel despair creeping into the empty spaces inside me. How can I make a difference against so much evil? How can any of us? Where can I find the strength to keep moving through this pattern of days? Where can I find a glimmer of hope to sustain me? I close my eyes, and a nearly wordless prayer forms, “Please, God, help me to find the strength I need to live in these days… “

The routine of the day mercifully asserts itself. In spite of this chaos in the world, I have a Little League Baseball game to attend! The field is across from a neighborhood school, and a sky bridge arcs high over the street to connect them. I hurry across it and join other parents and grandparents in the bleachers. Spirits are high—there is banter and cheering as we sit together watching our ten-, eleven- and twelve-year-olds play this well-loved game. Their uniforms look sharp and bright in the morning light, and they wear them comfortably, with pride. We watch them bat and run and field, yelling and jumping and laughing their way through the game. The sun is warm on our faces, and some parents have brought fruit and cinnamon rolls to share. Our team wins!

Walking back over the sky bridge after the game, I pause at the top and look toward the west. The Olympic Mountains are silhouetted against a clear sky. They shine with such luminescent beauty that it takes my breath away. I am frozen, while the landscape before me seems to pulse with the perfection of the moment and I am filled with a profound sense of joy.

This reminds me of a quote from a man working deep in the trenches to fight injustice. He was asked at a lecture he gave, “How do you keep going when your work is so difficult? How do you keep from falling into despair?” His answer comes back to me in this moment of bright sunshine. “I make sure to take the time to do the things that bring me joy.”

Even as the  despair of the earlier morning tugs at me beneath the surface, I rejoice in the moment. A small voice inside me says, “Yes, this is what brings me joy, this is my bread for the journey.” And I give thanks.