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 – and 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.

As we have moved into our fall worship season, “Called to Faithful Action,” our online services have been enhanced by images depicting scenes of social justice. This preaching series encourages us to examine all the ways we are called to faithful action—in politics, in our economies and budgets, and in our sense of family and relationships. In all of these areas, scripture speak to us and calls us to take action that is consistent with our Christian values.

During online worship each Sunday, these evocative images can be difficult to fully take in as they move on and off our screens quickly. Kris Garratt, our Artist-in-Residence, has continued to update the art in our sanctuary to help us envision ourselves in this sacred space. Kris has brought together images from past liturgical art projects and created new ones to illustrate issues that call us to action.

Three of these pieces are banners that depict Nickelsville, the Supreme Court Citizens United decision and the Human Rights Campaign. These banners were all created for a previous worship series that focused on the parables of Jesus. They were intended to depict contemporary examples of lessons contained in the parables of Jesus. The image of Nickelsville was paired with the Parable of the Friend at Midnight, Luke 11:5-10. The Citizens United banner was paired with the Parable of the Unjust Judge, Luke 18:1-8.  The Human Rights Campaign banner was paired with the Parable of the Leaven, Matthew 13:33 and Thomas 96.

Our church has hosted the Nickelsville homeless encampment multiple times. In its early days, residents all lived in pink tents as depicted in the banner.

The Citizens United decision, issued by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2010, held that the First Amendment prohibits our government from restricting campaign contributions made by corporations. That decision opened the way for unlimited election spending by corporations and unions as well as the rise of Super PACS. This banner features the statue of a woman  on the Supreme Court building, altered so that her hand is covering her eyes in disbelief.  An individual citizen is shown voting at the foot of the statue.

The Human Rights Campaign, whose logo is a yellow equal sign on a field of blue, is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States.  Placing the symbol on a communion table reinforces our commitment to open and affirming theology.

Two smaller banners, one depicting refugees at an aid tent, the other of an anti-racism protest, are part of a series of banners based on a hymn from the Iona Community, “Jesus Christ is Waiting.” These two banners were originally clustered with an image of Jesus in a fit of rage to portray the words of the second verse of this hymn.

Jesus Christ is raging, raging in the streets,
Where injustice spirals, and real hope retreats.
Listen, Lord Jesus, I am angry too.
In the Kingdom’s causes, Let me rage with you.

May the opportunity to study these images bring you more deeply into the call to faithful action.