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.

“Are you the new mayor of CHAZ?”

It was a one-line email from a family member who, as a conservative, enjoys digging at my husband and me. We called him on the phone and heard how he thought there were automatic weapons and burning, killing and chaos in Seattle.

We explained this was not true. I suspected he had gotten his misinformation from a TV news source.

The next day I wrote him back:

Hi, Relative!

Good talking with you the other day. 

NOW I understand why you were concerned about CHAZ. It was because Fox News manipulated photos!

Maybe check out CNN or MSNBC once in a while? 

I couldn’t let it go because for too long, I’ve let this kind of stuff go. I can only think that explains why I jumped on a Long-Time Friend (who I dearly love) when she told the following story.

“I bought a red Tesla and thought my friend was going to buy a red Tesla, but then she drove up in a blue Tesla. She said, ‘My daughter finally got it through my head that the only people who buy red Teslas are Indian families. Sure enough, I looked around and it was true.’”

Long Time Friend laughed and I, too laughed as I said, “Wow. Super racist! What’s wrong with being Indian?” She kept laughing because I was smiling and laughing. But then it hit her and she got quiet. Very quiet. The whole table got quiet.

Both these encounters were uncomfortable and awkward, especially because I love these people. It’s scary because I know it’s only a matter of time before someone calls me on my own racism and micro-aggressions.

They may rightfully quote Matthew 7:3 to me: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

Well, probably because I can’t see it, so please be gentle when you point it out.

A couple days ago I received another message from Relative:

Hi kids,

How do you think this “summer of love” is going to end?

I responded with this:

Dear Relative,

You are right! I think it really is a “Summer of Love,” at least I hope so.

I love that we (and by “we” I mean white people) are waking up to racism in our country.

I love that I often feel awkward and uncomfortable listening to people talk about race because I recognize myself in the conversation.  My discomfort reminds me that I am alive and awake to the pain around me.

I love that our young people are taking up the challenge and protesting for peace and basic human  rights.

I love that I now deeply understand what Martin Luther King, Jr. said 53 years ago, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” He could have said it 53 minutes ago.

I love that COVID is forcing us to recognize our vulnerability and see that what I do affects you, what you do affects me. We wear masks to help one another.

COVID has made lots of us understand that we are all in this challenge together. And by “this challenge” I mean, 1) healing our country, 2) ending the Corona virus pandemic, 3) making black lives matter because for four hundred years we acted like they didn’t.

I think this “summer of love” will end when the weather turns cooler and maybe in September it will become the “Autumn of love.” Fingers crossed!

My last Uncomfortable Encounter was on a long walk with Long Time Friend. She was bothered that so many team mascots were being changed.  She started naming all the mascots, most of them American Indians.

“Stop,” I said. “Stop. Because beneath what you’re saying is that you don’t care that they are offended by it.”  We were passing a Grease Monkey oil change place during this conversation.

“Pretty soon they’re going to change the name of Grease Monkey!” she said.

“Huh? My uncles were mechanics and they proudly called themselves grease monkeys! Monkeys are smart and they’re agile. They can climb all over and under cars. It’s a perfect name.”

“Yes, but isn’t it offensive to be called a monkey?” She kept going on and on and on about the grease monkey

I was hot and tired and wanted to scream, “If monkeys found it offensive and we stole their land and oppressed them for hundreds of years, then we should change it.”

I wasn’t at all charming or funny in my attempt to help her understand. In fact, I did not attempt to help at all. I was thinking only of myself when I said in a loud voice, “Just STOP. Stop. Right. Now.”

Of course St. Paul’s chapter on love came roaring into my mind:

Corinthian 13: 4  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I immediately looked for a loophole—and found it. “Easily angered.” I didn’t get angry instantly. It took a bit. Phew! But I wasn’t patient or even close to being kind. And as far as keeping no record of wrongs—I’m not only keeping a record; I’m writing about it.

I do rejoice with the truth but I just haven’t quite got the knack of articulating it. I’ve got a long way to go when it comes to racial justice conversations.

And upon further reflection I think we have stolen land from the monkeys and oppressed them for hundreds of years. Just look at the Amazon Forest!

Trust, hope, persevere.