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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

A two-year pilot program for a choral intern program is beginning at UCUCC this fall. UCUCC has a strong history of exemplary music being shared in our church, and this tradition will be enhanced with the creation of a choral intern program. In September, four college-aged choral interns will be hired to sing as part of the Chancel Choir.

A choral intern is a vocal musician who serves as a vocal model for their assigned section and facilitates sectional work during rehearsals. As there will be four choral interns, one will be assigned to each choral section: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. The use of choral interns is a long-standing tradition with many church choirs across the US and are often found in towns/cities with universities.

Our Music Director, Benjamin Rogers, had their introduction to music ministry from singing as  choral intern at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb, Illinois. Benjamin began singing as a choral intern in their bass section, and after a year and a half moved into an interim director spot to support their music director, who was out for a while musical directing a show at the local university. Drawing from their experience as a choral intern, it has become a goal of Benjamin’s to implement a choral intern program to amplify UCUCC’s music program and connections within our community.

The primary mission of this choral intern program includes enhancing the quality of our music at UCUCC, forming a connection with UW and other local colleges, and fostering inclusivity within our music programs and greater community. With forming a connection with our surrounding colleges, we are making an effort to introduce college-aged musicians to music ministry, but also introduce younger folk to our church. Our choral interns will also be providing a foundation for less musically-inclined folk to join the choir more confidently and a means for programming more diverse repertoire with structures in place to perform the music more authentically. Now that we will have a dedicated staff member for each section, more individuals who have less experience reading music or participating in performing ensembles can be placed next to choral interns in rehearsals to develop healthy singing habits and develop a sense of pitch and rhythmic accuracy on the repertoire we prepare.

Our choral interns will do more than enhance the strength of the choir. It becomes another way to foster a sense of community, building relationships between the interns and their sections. This becomes an opportunity to share with young adults how the ministry is more than the music made, but also these deep connections. We have a chance to model for them how to lead in a community that prioritizes caring along with the music making. We are excited to begin this choral program and see how it transforms our musical experiences throughout the next two years.