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.

Called to love and justice

Our love and justice work springs from our calling as Christians to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our broken and hurting world. We have come to realize that by serving, we are served; by seeking to help others, we ourselves are transformed.

The mission of the Love and Justice Ministry is to fulfill the Church’s mission to imagine and act on our vision of love and justice by empowering the congregation and its individual members to:

  • offer compassionate service
  • build relationships of solidarity and reconciliation
  • work toward systemic change, and
  • share our resources

The short video presented here features former Pastor Catherine Foote and four members of our congregation who are or have been deeply involved in our Love and Justice Ministry—Liz Gilbert, Tim Croll, Dave and Jeanne Powell and Toni Higgs. In talking about their volunteer work, they share what inspires them and how the work deeply affects and changes them. This video was produced in 2017. Since that time, Mary’s Place has evolved their program so that they no longer host participants in local churches. We retain this video, however, because it still features passionate church members who continue to work for love and justice.

Action and advocacy on many fronts

Our Love and Justice Ministry is organized into action teams of three or more people.

Click on the Get Involved and Serve button in the sidebar to explore the many ways to join this ministry. The areas that we are working in, and the specific issues we are focused on are listed below. Under Get Involved and Serve you will find specific ways to engage with this important work. Click on the Give Now button to make a financial contribution.

  • Creating the Beloved Community—peace and justice advocacy, racial justice initiative, multicultural circle, gun violence prevention, LGBT equality, support for soldiers and veterans, refugee assistance.
  • Child and Youth Wellbeing—UCUCC child care programs, University District Youth Services, Teen Feed, Roots breakfast team. Learn more about our involvement with children and youth in the Christian Education section.
  • Economic Justice—Christmas families, Offering of Gifts Sunday, Hunger Outreach, United Churches Emergency Fund.
  • Global MinistriesMwanzo, Palestine Action Group. We also support global ministries through our work with the national UCC and Our Church’s Wider Mission.
  • Homes for All—Affordable housing and the issues surrounding homelessness have captured the attention and imagination of this congregation for many years. We have hosted five homelessness encampments in our parking lot, beginning in 2008. We regularly host Mary’s Place in our building for two weeks at a time, providing safe shelter for homeless women and their children.Some of our lay leaders have become deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity, leading groups of builders to places in need of their skills, including our own state, New Orleans and Guatamala. We provide support to the Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness and volunteer at the Downtown Emergency Service Center. We support homeless teenagers by sponsoring Teen Feed in our building three nights a week.
  • Sacred Earth—Share the Harvest table, Superfluity, Sacred Earth Matters.
  • Racial Justice—In 2019 we passed a Congregational Racial Justice Resolution, stating our intention to work toward ending systemic racism. Learn more about these efforts on our Anti-Racism page.
  • Land Acknowledgement—read our Land Acknowledgement statement and learn about action items that you can take to support Indigenous communities.

If you find yourself called to this work, there are many issues with which to get involved. And remember, you don’t have to join a committee to get involved. Keep up with news about our efforts by clicking on the Love and Justice News button near the top of the right sidebar. Then express your willingness to go on a march, carry a sign, volunteer at a shelter. There are many opportunities for direct action here.

Imagine love and justice…

Jesus did, we do.

Come join us.