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.

What we do

We engage in lively, reverent and spirit-filled worship. We care for, and pray for each other, through trials and joys. We seek to live into the mystery that God continues to reveal.

And we strive to translate faith to action. Whether it is food packing to prepare bags of groceries for those experiencing hunger, joining in a Habitat build or spending the night with folks at a homeless shelter, we are always looking for ways to live out our call as Christians.

We also engage in advocacy, speaking up for love and justice on behalf of those most vulnerable. Writing letters, calling legislators, signing petitions, and marching in the streets when necessary.

Dive deeper

How to get involved

University Congregational UCC is a big urban church with nearly 1,000 members. It can be difficult to know what’s going on and how to get involved. We keep track of opportunities to get involved and serve through ACS, our church database. By clicking on the button below in the sidebar you can access this database to learn more about the various activities we are involved in and identify things to get involved with, either right away or when you are ready.


Many in our community support what we do by committing their time and skills to live out their Christian call. In addition, many make dedicated financial gifts. A financial commitment often becomes a path toward deeper personal meaning and involvement. Even people who live far away choose to support this work through their financial gifts. Explore stewardship opportunities more deeply in the Give section. You can also use the Give Now link in the sidebar to participate in this important work.

Moving beyond our four walls

Several nonprofit organizations have formed from the Love and Justice work begun at University UCC. The sections below provide background information and links to their websites.

Childcare Programs

Child Learning and Care Center was established in 1969 to provide affordable daycare for children of all incomes in the University District and surrounding neighborhoods.

Trettin Drop In Preschool offers a preschool curriculum taught by experienced teachers for children ages 2 until starting kindergarten. It is one of the few day care centers in the city where parents can drop of their children for skilled child care as needed.

Mwanzo and Rabuor Village

Established by congregation member Loyce Ong’udi, Mwanzo and the Rabuor Village Project hold a vision to create hope and prosperity in rural Provinces of Nyanza and Western Kenya by building a network of sustainable development programs, village by village.

University Congregational Housing Association

University Congregational Housing Association was formed as a nonprofit organization in 1983 to address the issues of low-income housing in Seattle. Since then, UCHA has acquired four buildings and constructed a 16-unit apartment building on what was once a church parking lot. In 2020, UCHA completed the process of transferring its properties to local nonprofits and disbanded as a separate nonprofit organization. Their housing properties were transferred to the nonprofit Bellwether Housing. For more information on their transition, click here.

To seek and respond to Your word and will, made known and to be made known…

University UCC by the numbers

10,000—Teen Feed meals served here per year

80—Residents of Tent City 3 in our parking lot

89—Children in daycare here every day

1,612—Individuals worshipping at least once

10—Pianos, organs and keyboards here

480—bags of food provided to people in need

85—pounds of coffee consumed

89—tables full of stuff for sale at Superfluity