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.

Worship for believers, seekers, and doubters

Join us for worship

Worship is the place where our connection with the divine brings us into relationship with one another. It is filled with music, prayers, and inspiring preaching. In worship you will hear the laughter of children, the wisdom of elders, and the shared values of our congregation’s covenant.

We offer worship at our University District campus in Seattle and livestreamed on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.

We have a digital worship service that airs on Facebook and YouTube at 5:00 pm on Sunday evenings and remains available for viewing online. The 5:00 pm online service is a combination of pieces from the morning service and other pieces created just for the online community. Our digital services are designed to be interactive and beautiful. Folks gather throughout Sunday evening and the week to worship at a time that works for their schedule.

On Mondays at 7:00pm, all are invited to a weekly gathering for spiritual practice in the contemplative tradition. Rooted in the Christian disciplines of silent prayer, meditation, and personal reflection, Practicing the Presence of God is an exploration of God and Spirit not as abstract ideas, but as living realities to be encountered through direct experience. These gatherings are designed for beginners and long-time practitioners alike, and each session will include a mix of instruction, dialogue as well as the practice.

Current Covid & Health Practices (2023)

We have options to connect both online and at our Seattle campus. The sanctuary has a filtration system with five total air exchanges in an hour. The main floor of the sanctuary is now masks-encouraged, while the balcony is a masks-required space. The scent-free area in our sanctuary is on the main floor, on the left side. There are signs posted.

We also have a closed-circuit feed from the Sanctuary into the Scheyer Library. The library is designed to be our most restrictive space with masking, no singing, and social distancing.

What is our worship like?

Our worship is both contemporary and traditional. It is reflective and lively. It is musical and visual and kinesthetic.
We follow patterns of sermon series that speak to the lives of our community and the direction of our congregation. These themes inspire our preaching, our musical choices, the visual art in the sanctuary, and other parts of the worship (liturgy in church-y language).

We celebrate communion – the ritual of bread and cup – on the first Sunday of the month. We baptize people into the faith – babies, children, teens, and adults.

Our worship is intergenerational, and children are always welcome in church. Toward the beginning of the service we have a “Song with our Children,” with a song specifically chosen to connect the worship themes to our youngest folks. We pray the Lord’s Prayer and then 5th grade and younger can choose to go to Christian formation (a.k.a. Sunday School) gatherings or stay with their grown ups. On the first Sunday of each month this summer, we have Family worship, where children stay with their families the whole service. on that Sunday, we set up a “prayer ground” with activities for smaller children.


UCUCC has a vibrant musical tradition and it fills our worship. Most songs are led with organ or piano, but we also incorporate other instruments – guitar, strings, brass, and ukuleles. Our large choir adds to the celebrations with anthems and leading congregational singing.
Our music spans many traditions—from European classical music to gospel to contemporary. In addition to our Chancel Choir and organ, we will hear periodically from our children’s choir, our orchestra (Joyful Noise Players), hand bell choir, recorder ensemble and frequent guest musicians. Learn more about our music program here.

Arts and Worship

We believe that engaging all our senses can bring us closer to God. We worship with our eyes and ears and voices. We incorporate the arts into worship as much as possible. We seek to nurture inter-generational, community, and liturgical engagement through visual arts (banners, sculptures, stoles and other fabric arts), music and dance. The Creativity Council for the Liturgical Arts envisions ways to enliven worship with the arts, are always interested in new members, and welcome your participation. Learn more about our Liturgical Arts Program here.





“This is the day that God has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” ~Psalm 118:24

Worship Services

Sunday worship

10:00 am – service at UCUCC and on Zoom
5:00 pm – online service on Facebook and YouTube

Join the 10:00 am service livestream on Zoom
View the online service anytime during the week on Facebook and YouTube.

Mondays at 7:00 pm – Contemplative Service in UCUCC Chapel