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.

 

“My church is the mountains.”

I’ve heard this response more than once when someone learns that I am a pastor.

I hear you my friend. I’m sympathetic. I luuuuhhhhhvvvve the mountains. My soul sings when I am in the high country of Colorado or the Northwest.

And….. me or you hiking in the mountains is NOT church.

It is sacred, inspiring, uplifting, renewing, awe-inspiring, amazing, and a treasured, even spiritual, experience. Call it any of those things, but don’t call it church.

Because church only happens in community.

Author, spiritual guide, and self-confessed introvert Barbara Brown Taylor in her book An Altar in the World relates the story of the ancient solitary monk who went on a seventy week fast so that the meaning of a particular Scripture would be revealed to him. Even when down to skin and bones, God did not reveal it so this ever so earnest monk finally relented and got up to go see another monk to ask. As soon as the fasting monk got outside his own door, an angel appeared to him to say, “Now that you have humbled yourself enough to go to your brother, God sent me to reveal the meaning of the passage.”

There’s something about the encounter with and journeying with others that is necessary, even if you are an introvert or like your solitude a lot. There is still a connection necessary, even if invisible. That connection deepens our experience, adds to and even disciplines our experience, and gives access to healing and wisdom that we cannot access alone.  There’s something about being witnessed by and witnessing for others amidst grief and joy.  To be seen crying. To allow another to be with you in your brokenness and imperfection and wounding.  Or to dance with another in your unabashed joy and celebration.

There’s something about the actual messy practice of loving another as yourself, the other who is right in front of you frustrating or confusing or not going along with you. There’s something about being with each other along the journey and through the difficult passages that is itself the spiritual practice.  Rabbi Martin Buber called it the “I and Thou”, the true meeting of two subjects, each a sovereign mystery to be encountered yet somehow connected by the shared participation in living. This ‘being with’ is the spiritual practice of church.

In Zulu you might say ubuntu which means “I am because we are.”

Our Band Together theme of Lent recognizes the deep necessity of community in our human way. Jesus called disciples together, women and men, to form a community of followers.  We all evolved together in packs, clans, tribes.  We can certainly do it badly. Yet, we must do it in order to realize God’s Dream of a Beloved Community, in order to solve the challenges we face and experience the deepest realities of Grace. Simply put by a Tuesday UCUCC Bible study participant, “I get so much more out of this doing it together.”

As Brown Taylor says, “At the very least, most of us need someone to tell our stories to. At a deeper level, most of us need someone to help us forget ourselves, a little or a lot. The great wisdom traditions of the world all recognize the main impediment to living a life of meaning is being self-absorbed. …As often as I think I am seeking other people to get something for myself, the deeper truth is that I am hoping they will draw me out of myself.”

So I do hope to see you out on the mountain trail. And I hope to see you, and let you see me, at church.