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.

Stay Safe Be Kind text carved on stone in green park during coronavirus pandemicIn some ways, our transition to online worship and virtual church was simple. It was difficult and overwhelming and heartbreaking, but it was also simple: we had a clarity of purpose and shared sense of urgency. Emergence from the pandemic will be a slower and more cautious process, one we hope will be grounded in humility, grace, and a culture of consent. We know this prolonged isolation has been traumatic for our community (some more than others). We know the differences in our circumstances has created a vastly different experience for parents, essential workers, health care professionals, those who have lost loved ones (to Covid-19 or to other causes during the past years), and those whose health concerns have put them in greater risk. We are all healing, and the trauma of this time has been disproportionately distributed. 

Gathering in person may cause some of us anxiety and fear. Continued isolation may exacerbate the mental, emotional, and spiritual distress of this past year. As your church, we are doing all that we can to reduce the risk and danger of gathering together in person in our church building. We are listening to local health experts. We have upgraded our HVAC filtration system to filter out 95% of Covid-19 particles each hour. And we think our next best step is to open the building for small groups to meet in person, and to encourage    small- and medium-sized groups to gather in our outside spaces. 

There are no guarantees in life, and this pandemic has underscored how much is outside our control. We can never offer you a 100% safe space. But we can work together to create safer spaces, supportive spaces, and brave spaces, knowing that God walks beside us saying “Do not be afraid.”

Our Covid-19 Action Team has created these guidelines for indoor and outdoor meetings or events. We think this is our “next best step” on our journey of emergence. We are going to try this out. We are going to listen to each other. We are going to move slowly. These guidelines will change, but for now, we encourage you to consider if your small group might want to try meeting together at the church, supported by these agreements. 

A note about inclusion and participation: these guidelines will help us all stay safer, regardless of vaccination status. It is important that these guidelines are followed even by those of you who are fully vaccinated. As we take these next emerging steps we must do so together, in community, in covenantal relationship with each other. We also know that for some, gathering in person may be (or feel) like too much of a risk. We therefore ask that groups with more than eight people gathering consider a virtual option for participation, to include those for whom in-person gathering is not possible yet. 

UCUCC event/meeting guidelines (indoor and outdoor), during phase 3:
– Allow for a minimum 6 feet social distancing by family groups, and 12 feet of distance in areas where folks will be walking and passing each other.
– Indoor and outdoor events are mask mandatory (even if you are fully vaccinated).
– Outdoor events should be 3 hours or less. Indoor events/meetings should be 90 minutes or less. Longer events may be considered on a case-by-case basis, with additional guidelines.
– No food/drinks for indoor events or meetings. Outdoor events with food/drink may be considered on a case-by-case basis, with additional guidelines.
– All invitations should include a Covid-19 symptom list. Anyone experiencing symptoms on the day of the event should not participate.
– Hand sanitizer will be provided, and a list of Covid-19 symptoms will be posted.
– A list of participants will be kept by the event organizer or meeting convener, for contact tracing. Anyone experiencing symptoms after the event/meeting should immediately notify the event organizer and the church office.
– Church bathrooms may be available for outdoor events on an as-needed basis.

We will follow all applicable guidelines from government and public health officials. Please schedule your event through the church office with a minimum of one-week notice. Event and meeting organizers are responsible for ensuring all participants follow these guidelines, regardless of vaccination status. For right now, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people.