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.

My young friend Felix went back to “in-person” learning the week after Easter. A little over a year ago this first sentence wouldn’t even make sense. Now we all know what it means. At the end of that first day back, Felix wrote about how things had gone, concluding with this:
“ . . . looking back, I’m content, optimistic even.”

Did I mention Felix is 8 years old?

Two weeks ago, for the first time in over a year, I left the state of Washington. I received my second vaccine a month ago, and my sister (who is also vaccinated) and I had a hotel reservation in California that had been moved twice because of Covid. It could not be moved again. We would have to “use it or lose it.” So even though I had four ewes ready to lamb here on Whidbey, including one who looked very ready, off I went on my own “in-person” adventure. My housemate and newbie shepherd Meighan would be in charge of any lamb stuff while I was away.

My first stop was at my sister’s place in Oregon. By the time I arrived Meighan had already texted me to let me know that ewe I had been keeping an eye on had waited less than eight hours after I left to give birth to twins. Meighan the “newbie shepherd” would be learning by doing.

The next day my sister and I traveled on to California. (First night at a hotel since last year). We spent time in Yosemite, where I often go to restore my soul. The rocks and the waters did just that.

Then we headed off for some time with the woman who had been the neighborhood mom when we were growing up. She is 92 now and lives on her own a little south of Yosemite. Through this year of isolation I have wondered and worried about her. It took just a few minutes together for me to see she was as feisty as ever. (First time eating in a restaurant in a year)

After that connection, we drove to Berkeley to spend some time with more family members. The youngsters in that family treated us to an impromptu cello recital (First indoor music since March 2020). Then on to Santa Cruz and even more family. Finally, after a week away, we turned north to head back home.

On my way home I stopped again in Oregon, where I was thrilled to have an “in-person” meeting of my great-nephew. Next week he will turn one. Until I held him last week, I had only seen him on zoom, or on videos my sister shared with me when she took him on walks.

He did a double take, looking at my sister and then at me and then back at my sister. He was clearly trying to figure something out. Then he let me pick him up. (First time holding a baby in over a year).

While I was away, I also got my hair cut. (First time since January 2020). I have now shed the “wild-haired prophet,” or alternatively the “crazy clown” look that has grown more pronounced as our isolation has continued.

Finally, after eight days away, I made it home to my Whidbey farm. My trip had been delightful. It had also been a reminder of how much has changed in the world and within myself. I was more vigilant and cautious than I have ever been. Even with folks who were fully vaccinated, I hesitated with hugs. I found it hard to relax.

I know we still have an unknown journey ahead. I know we all are carrying different loads in this time. Some are still in isolation. Some have never been able to isolate. The heartbreak of this time continues. This week we have heard the news from India of the devastating outbreak of corona virus there, after government officials had declared the pandemic over and lifted restrictions. In Washington there has also been a surge. We are dealing with a cruel and relentless virus. This is not the time to become complacent.

But we are also hearing stories of hope and emergence. More people are getting vaccinated. In many places, infection rates are trending downward. We do seem to be close to turning a corner.

When I arrived home last week I met the two lovely lambs Meighan had been tending. She did an excellent job as newbie shepherd, handling even the complications with skill. And the day after I got home, a second ewe had her lamb, a healthy baby boy.

So after my first “in-person” experience, how do I feel? Actually, a lot like my young friend Felix. Looking back, I am content. Optimistic, even. May it be so for you as well.