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. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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 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.

In preparation for the time after Rev. Catherine Foote’s retirement at the end of November, a committee has been working on finding a bridge minister to help carry the UCUCC clergy workload until a new, settled pastor is called to join our leadership team. The members of this search committee are Carol Bryant, Ed Coleman, Terry Moore, Christina Purdy, and Margaret Stine. We have been meeting since July.

To date the search committee has prepared a position description that has been reviewed and approved by UCC Pacific Northwest Conference Minister, Mike Denton. Our bridge minister opening has been posted through UCC national listing channels and we have received profiles from a couple of interested candidates. The committee is now preparing for interviews for this position that will start in late September. Once the search committee has a recommendation for this bridge minister position, the UCUCC Council will make the final decision regarding offering the position to the selected candidate.

Our target is to have the bridge minister start in early December. The last time UCUCC used a bridge minister was between Rev. Peter Ilgenfritz’s departure and Rev. Steve Jerbi’s arrival. Rev. Todd Smiedendorf was with us for two years! During that previous bridge minister period significant UCUCC leadership structure issues were addressed through the work of the Future’s Task Force and UCUCC Council discernment of that group’s recommendations. It is anticipated that the search for a new settled pastor to join Rev. Amy Roon and Rev. Steve Jerbi as our long-term clergy team will go much quicker this time around. If all goes as envisioned, a new settled minister will join UCUCC sometime in 2022 so that this bridge minister period will likely be a year or less.

Blessings to all who have given definition to the UCUCC leadership structure and participated in the searches for the clergy who have served (and are serving) us over the years. I am confident that the bridge minister search underway now and the settled minister search to come following Rev. Catherine Foote’s retirement will be equally successful in finding quality pastors who will complement and expand our clergy team.

~Ed Coleman
UCUCC 2021 Bridge Minister Search Committee Chair