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.

 

For thirty years my dad was an antenna man. He was the guy you called when you were tired of that crappy rabbit ear reception and wanted a real TV antenna—on the roof. So we heard a lot about roofs: slate, shingles, shakes, metal, Spanish tile. Any kind of tile was the worst because it was slippery. Also, if he broke one it was expensive to replace.

So you can imagine my horror when my Sunday teacher read us the story of Jesus and the paralytic. Luke 5:18-19 “And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;[c] 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.”

Through the tiles!!!! My heart pounded, wondering if Dad knew this Bible story. As an adult, this story still amazes me. The things that stand out to me (besides the tiles) are faith, forgiveness and friends.

Faith

First there is the paralytic and his faith. Because if that guy didn’t have faith that Jesus could heal him, he wouldn’t agree to the whole adventure. If his friends didn’t have faith, they wouldn’t risk digging through someone’s roof. But before you have faith you have to have a vision of a different life.

Imagine, after lying on a mat for twenty years, you start hearing stories about a man who heals, who does miracles. So you start dreaming how different your life would be if you could walk! You could stop begging and could work, marry, have a family. The thought of walking and having a life was just too thrilling to ignore. He had a vision for his life and his faith grew out of that vision.

Forgiveness

We don’t know what paralyzed this man. Was he born that way?  Abused by a slave owner? A carpentry accident? We just know that he couldn’t get up from his mat. What were his “sins?” Well, we can’t know that either except that he was human which means he wasn’t perfect.

But Jesus knew and he looked him right in the eye and said, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Just imagine Jesus looking in your eyes and saying, “Your sins are forgiven.” How humbling, how tender, how magnificent.

The paralyzed man also had to be forgiving. What about those people who didn’t help him, who blamed him for his paralysis? Maybe they kicked dirt in his face, spat upon him, refused to give him water.

I’m sure he had much to forgive but perhaps the power of his vision and his faith in Jesus filled him with mercy and forgiveness. Maybe his hurt and anger and resentment dissolved with the love he felt for and received from his friends.

Hardest of all is forgiving ourselves. Doesn’t it get our attention when someone starts out, “I’ll never forgive myself for_________.”

Well, wait a minute. We ask God to forgive us, we ask one another for forgiveness and we can’t forgive ourselves? Wha-a-a-a-t? That’s just another way of remaining a victim. Hopefully we will have people around us who will call us out on that. Which brings me to our friends.

Friends

Scripture tells us nothing about the man’s friends. We don’t know if they were related to him or if they were Jews or Gentiles. We know the most important thing: they were willing to do whatever it took to help their friend. Maybe it was a friend of the paralyzed man who had the vision and said, “Hey, let’s get you to the Jesus guy so he can heal you!” Perhaps his friend’s faith was so contagious that the paralyzed man caught it like a cold.

What amazing friends were these! They climbed up on the roof carrying a guy! They could have dropped him and killed him. Anyone of them could have fallen and been injured. Then the work: the pounding, the sawing, the digging—then mud, straw, and tile dropping through the ceiling.

I’m sure everyone was freaking out. But not Jesus. I bet he looked up at that ceiling, saw those faces and said, “A breakthrough!” Then he shook hands with them before he said, “Friends, your sins are forgiven.”

Friends are big deal. Look how many songs are written about friends: What A Friend We Have In Jesus, You’ve Got A Friend, You’ve Got a Friend In Me, With A Little Help From My Friends, Thank You For Being a Friend.

Whatever our vision, we need friends to help us. We need friends who are willing to dig a hole in a roof and lower us through the ceiling. And we need to be that kind of friend.  We serve best together as friends. We play best together as friends. We are our best selves as friends. We can help one another pick up our mats and walk. We can go a long way with faith, forgiveness and friends.

And remember: Only break tiles in case of emergency.