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.

Contributed by Loyce Ong’udi, founder

Celebrate the many Mwanzos (new beginnings) over the past ten years

No smiling women in Rabour in 2012

In 2012 as I worked to register Mwanzo as a nonprofit organization to address the ravages of HIV/AIDS on my family and childhood village of Rabuor, a friend asked me, “Loyce, looking back ten years from now, what would you like to see?”  Seeing the hopelessness and knowing AIDS was incurable, my quick response was “song and dance,” but that was unthinkable at the time. Rabuor was once the happiest place a child could dream being raised in.

Dancing with joy in the classroom

“Mwanzo “means new beginning in Swahili. I turned to hope for new beginnings many times over these past ten years. On April 3 and April 24 at 1:00 pm we will celebrate these many “mwanzos.”  Through stories and visuals, I’ll share with you now ten years later what my answers are to that question, “what would you like to see?”  I invite you dear friends to join me on zoom to experience the amazing journey we have taken together in these 10 years.

I especially want to honor my father Wesley, mother Rosemell and my daughter Audrey (AJ) who were part of this journey. This work would not have happened if not for their extraordinary sacrifices. The loss of my brother Mathayo, my sister June and other close relatives to HIV/AIDS was turned to hope by my parents. They started a daycare for AIDS orphans and fed these children in their tiny home. Audrey’s sacrifice occurred during her early teenage years as I was away for many months traveling to Rabuor to build resources for a second chance at life.

I have not journeyed alone! New beginnings have happened because you have accompanied me, opened your heart and created a circle of love without boundary, and thus many “Mwanzos.” At the beginning, even smiling seemed wrong in this childhood village of mine. Now the village lives with rhythmic dance and songs of hope for our children, staff, Rabuor and her neighbors. My second home, Seattle/UCUCC has held me in the past ten years. I trust the next ten years will hold just as many surprises to ensure Hope continues to have a home in our work.

Join the celebrations on April 3 and April 24 at 1:00 pm. See weekly emails for details