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.

“We do not celebrate assassinations and killings of our prophets. Instead we find the place where they fell, we reach down into the blood, we pick up the baton and we carry it forward.”
(Rev. William Barber, co-leader of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival)

Early morning, Wednesday April 4
The Tidal Basin ringed with blossoming pink cherry blossoms
A thousand of us gather to walk silently through
These great pillars of stone, these mountains of despair
Through which you can see the rock from which is hewn
The statue of King,
“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

I wonder on this hope, and of what it is made.

We process up by the statue
Look out over the water to the Jefferson Memorial
Where are inscribed the words of the slave owner,
“We hold these truths to be self-evident – that all men are created equal.”
I wonder how far away it is.
I wonder how long it will take to get there.

We process in silence out to the mall, past the White House and African American Museum of History and Culture, the Capital before us. The National Council of Churches and its interfaith partners have called us together on this 50th Anniversary of King’s assassination to complete the work that he began and eradicate racism. See: http://www.unite2endracism.org. Among those gathered, seven of us from University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle.

Lillian Lahiri:
One speaker after another call so eloquently, passionately and urgently for our coming together with renewed purpose to end racism now. Such a bold, audacious call, drawing forth from me what I hope is deep and long-lasting commitment to grow in wisdom and skill and power to co-create a more just society in my lifetime.

Rosh Doan:
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, activists and founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream illustrated so honestly from their own experience what white privilege is all about. Their speculating what their lives would have been like had they been born black was powerful. What is the commitment, discipline, persistence required of us now? Where is the courage?

Carol Hamilton:
The African American Museum of History and Culture was one of the most spectacular experiences in DC– we “took in” the sad history of the hundreds of years of slavery–and most notably the “slave revolts” that had happened in each of the “eras featured.” The Cultural presentations were pure joy and recognition for the many people visiting–the familiar and proud parts of the past.

Toni Higgs:
Standing on the mall with the wind pushing me around after our lunch, listening to DeRay McKesson talk about quitting his job with good pay and benefits and moving to St. Louis so that he could organize on the streets of Ferguson after Michael Brown was killed by police. That combined with the images of the fire hoses and beatings of MLK and John Lewis and others made me salute their bravery and realize I and other white people could be doing so much more than we do. I mean I complain about attending yet another meeting, and there they are, putting their lives on the line.

At the close of the day, Bishop Darwin Moore of the mid-Atlantic Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church held his one year old black grandson in his arms. He pledged to him that he would work with the others here to complete the work to get to the Promised Land where all God’s children stand as equals on level, fertile ground.

Then, he looked out at us.

“It’s time to get off the mountaintop – to get off our blessed assurance – and do something for the Lord.”