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.

The Council of the University Congregational United Church of Christ met on January 20, 2021 via Zoom.  A quorum was noted at 7:06 pm and the meeting was called to order by Terry Moore.

After a prayer and a grounding exercise, we shared gifts and memories from Todd (and Allison’s) time with us.  Amy lead us all in a prayer to send Todd off with our blessings and well wishes.

Council received an update on the building and COVID related work

MERV 13 filters will be installed in the first week of February.  MacDonald Miller is also still working on the improvements to the ventilation. Because of the emerging more infectious strain of COVID, use of the building for small meetings etc. is on hold.  Kyna has also been checking in with our building partners to be sure protocols and procedures are clear and in place.  A new process of temperature checks for anyone entering the building has also been instituted.

Financial Report

We came out of 2020 very blessed.  A group will be formed to consider ways to further our mission with some of our unexpected excess funds.

Down payment assistance for Pastor Steve Jerbi

Council voted to authorize pastoral housing support (a loan) to assist Pastor Steve Jerbi with down payment assistance.

  • A similar program is in use by the University of Washington for new professors and researchers.
  • This is not income for the recipient, so it does not have an effect on our compensation.  The loan becomes another (very small) investment of our endowment funds.
  • Council acknowledged the issue of equity with our existing pastors who already have settled housing, and will have additional discussions with Amy and Catherine to identify equitable options that might be of interest in their particular situations.

Other items of business and announcements

Council approved the use of $24,000 from our 2020 surplus as income for the 2021 Operating Budget.

Council approved and welcomed new people to the following committees:

  • Four people were invited to join the Personnel Committee: Joyce Jackson, Virginia Felton, Kathryn Murdock, and John Worthington.
  • Vince Santo Pietro will join Facilities & Equipment.
  • Gina Massoni and Sarah Marshall will join the Children’s Ministry Committee.

Council approved a motion designating forty-percent of the salary of any minister on staff as housing allowance pursuant to Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code”

Catherine Foote has been participating with a team of clergy – FLAG (Faith Leaders Action Group) – to prepare a statement pledging to respond rapidly to requests for support when hate vandalism or hate actions take place.  She shared with us the link for the document which was finalized and released 2 days ago.  UCUCC policy is for Council to be informed when our name or one of our pastors’ signs onto a statement that is political.  UCUCC has already taken a stance on this issue.  Amy supports this work as well.

Summary respectfully submitted by Mary Sue Galvin, Council Secretary