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.

These are trying times. Duh.

So I’m going to share with you three things that give me immediate comfort. I wish they were all uptown things like listening to a piece of classical music or gazing upon a Vermeer while box breathing, but they are not.

When I am feeling anxious and desperate I can find on-the-spot comfort with a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Is it the optimistic wrapper colors of orange and yellow? Or the tiny brown pleated papers in which they arrive? Perhaps it is the yin/yang combination of salty and sweet. Very grounding.  I don’t know and I’m trying to cut back.

The second comfort is baby powder—just a little—after a shower. It can make me feel for a few moments, like everything is right with the world. Maybe a warm bottle of milk is on the way or nap with my favorite stuffie. I know, I know, talcum powder comes with all kinds of warning. My husband races out of the bathroom and slaps on an N-95 when he sees it. So I hold my breath while sprinkling. But still—every once in a while—it’s just the thing.

The third immediate comfort is something perfectly safe and healthy and I heartily recommend it to everyone: the 1980’s TV show, “Cheers.” Often the opening theme song brings tears to my eyes.

Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you’ve got
Taking a break from all your worries
Sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t you like to get away?

See? Right there. Who can disagree with that? Making our way through the world today can be really hard. It can feel like there is no end to our troubles. Yes, we would like to get away! But not just anywhere.

Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You want to be where you can see
Our troubles are all the same
You want to be where everybody knows your name

If you think names are no big deal, just take a little stroll through the Hebrew scriptures—preferably when you can’t sleep—and read all the names. The entire Bible is big on names, even changing names when appropriate. So Jacob becomes Israel,  Joseph becomes Barnabus, Simon becomes Peter, Saul becomes Paul.

We want to go where everyone not only knows our names, but more important, our stories. We want to be with people with whom we have a shared history and who share our beliefs, our values, our goals. We want to be people we know will love, comfort and celebrate with us. A community like this is priceless. A community like this is called church—and I am loath to give it up.

Church is not so much like a bar, as it is a restaurant. In both cases, you need to carefully consider what you are serving. If all you serve is pasta and the customers want fish and vegetables, you’ll lose customers. But restaurants and churches are different in two important ways.

First, in a restaurant, you serve the customers what they want but not necessarily what they need. In a church, we have to do both.

Second, in a restaurant you have a chef which literally means “boss.” The chef makes all the decisions around the menu, how much foods to order, what wines to offer. If the chef is the owner, they may even make decisions about the hours and the décor.  But in a church—especially a congregational church—we make decisions together.

So together we can change the menu, the hours and even the décor. (Let’s make a stained glass window for the chapel!)

For sure COVID has taken a big toll on gatherings everywhere. Streaming video, YouTube replays, Zoom gatherings. We had to do that. But now, how can we get back to a place where we feed one another and are known by name? I still believe it is church.

Be glad there’s one place in the world
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You want to go where people know
People are all the same
You want to go where everybody knows your name.

In the meantime, don’t forget peanut butter cups and baby powder.