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.

Changes in worship preparation
As the Emergence Team, Leadership Team and Council chart our path to returning for sanctuary worship watch parties and then worshipping in the church and online in September we are also making shifts in how digital worship is curated. Most worship pieces are submitted the Wednesday before, but we often have late additions. We will now be compiling files and building the worship services on Thursday. This means photos for passing the peace and prayers of the people will be done in the first half of the week. Questions? Reach out to Pastor Steve at sjerbi@universityucc.org.

An update on the Interim Music Director position
When the Worship and Music Committee created the interim music director position one year ago, in the midst of Covid-19, they were anticipating a 12-18 month transition in that role to support the specific needs of our choir and music program during the pandemic. The W&M committee is excited to confirm that our current director Benjamin Rogers will be remaining in his position this fall as we emerge from the pandemic, as well as supporting us through Advent and Christmas. The W&M committee will not begin looking at this position until 2022, at which point they’ll be considering the next steps for our church and our vital ministry of music.

Online Discussion – Podcast Listening Group
Christianity Today has released a new podcast, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. The topic of a Seattle-based megachurch, their destructive theology, and how former Mars Hill members move forward is worth exploring. We know that CT isn’t exactly the progressive theology we promote at UCUCC, so, join Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings, queer pastor and co-founder of the Disrupt Worship project for an online community that listens to the episodes and responds with comments and chats. UCUCC also has a subscription to the magazine—copies are available in the Library. Look for more details in the weekly email.

Christian Formation Adult Education Summit
August 15, 1:00 pm
There are lots of opportunities for adults to participate in Christian Formation at UCUCC. From book clubs, forums, The Lecture Series, to regular Bible studies and small groups there’s lots happening! Pastor Steve will be hosting an Adult Education “Summit” to map out opportunities for the program year. This gathering will be onsite in the Turner Lounge.

Iona Pilgrimage Planning
August 22, 1:00 pm
Two years ago a group from UCUCC was planning to visit the Iona Abbey in Scotland as a spiritual pilgrimage. Iona is the resting place of St. Columba, one of the writers and protectors of the Book of Kells. While the pandemic has postponed this trip, we are resuming our preparation for our pilgrimage. We invite the whole congregation to pray for our journey. The group will be a hybrid gathering on Zoom and in the Turner Lounge.

Spiritual Practice: Proverbs
Write a proverb for yourself that reflects wisdom you have gained in the last year and a half. A proverb is defined as “a short, pithy saying stating a general truth or a piece of advice.” Proverbs as an expression of collective wisdom are found throughout the Bible, and most notably collected in the Book of Proverbs. Some are quite short, such as Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.” Other proverbs are longer reflections on a specific topic, such as the reflections on Wisdom found in Proverbs 8. So we invite you as you reflect on your experiences through this pandemic time to bring forth the wisdom you have gained, in the form of a proverb.