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.

We used votive candles to heat milk. We boiled water on the BBQ grill. This is what we did last weekend when the power went out. It was rainy and windy and branches broke and trees fell down.

You find out who your friends are in a storm. Even before I reached home, Wes texted me to say our neighbor was helping remove and cut up a giant branch that fell on the driveway. Yes, no power so: hand saws. At least it happened in the afternoon when it was still light so there was time to run around and fetch the flashlights and dig out the candlesticks.

Nightfall came quickly. It’s hard to be in the dark—which is how many of us feel right now. So much change. So much uncertainty. Not just in the world but in our country, our state, our cities, our churches, our families—ourselves.

That night I watched my husband walk through the living room with a candle in each hand. He walked slower than I have every seen him move. He was walking at Candle Speed. This is the speed at which we walk so as not to extinguish a candle’s flame. Of course we can shield the flame with our hands and walk faster. But we can’t see any farther because we are blocking the light. The best is to hold the candle high and walk at Candle Speed.

It strikes me that this is a very healthy speed at which to walk through life right now. So many questions. Work remotely or go back to the office? Online school or in-person school? Stay or go? We feel like we don’t really know what to do next.

The thing about Candle Speed is that you can’t make a decision about anything very far ahead because you can’t see that far. That dark blob across the room that you think is a chair? Don’t run to sit on it! It may be the dog. We can’t rush because we can see only the next step. Candle Speed is usually the speed at which people change. Sometimes people change in an instant, but not often. Usually we change as things are illuminated for us.

But sometimes walking at Candle Speed may infuriate those who seem to be able to see in the dark. “Hurry up! Get here,” they say. We are trying but we can’t see our way yet. Sometimes we want so badly to be there that we are paralyzed and can’t move forward at all. Other times we rush forward to be there and then trip and fall. Sometimes we get up again. And sometimes we don’t.

Eighteen hours later our power came back on. By that time it was daylight, but even so, I found myself still moving at Candle Speed. I think I like it that way for now.