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.

Interior of cozy home office with netbook frame globe organizer and vintage decor elementsWith Washington State moving into Phase 3, the UCUCC Covid-19 Action Team met to discuss how the church will navigate this next chapter together. All our conversations are guided by our values: we will be inclusive and thoughtful about access to participation by those in our community who are isolated or vulnerable; we will not hold in-person events that differentiate between those who are vaccinated and those who are not yet vaccinated; we will use consent-informed practices that honor our covenant with each other. We will be guided by the best available science, and we will honor the needs of our custodians and others who care for our building.

We are working to create a clear and streamlined set of guidelines for outdoor in-person church events, and are considering the possibility of small group gatherings inside the church building. We have upgraded our HVAC system to MERV-13 air filters, which can capture 95% of Covid-19 particles within an hour, in most of our spaces. The Facilities & Equipment committee is considering upgrades to our ventilation systems as well.

Hear this good news: we commit to continuing online worship, even when we begin to offer in-person worship experiences! We have learned to value this way of worshiping virtually, which has brought us deep and meaningful connections during the pandemic and has expanded our Beloved Community to include those outside the Pacific Northwest. An online worship option helps us live more fully into our value of inclusive welcome. In the future, those who live far from our building, those who struggle with transportation, those who are ill, or families who just can’t make it out the door in time— online worship helps us meet God wherever we are, no matter what.

We celebrate that the rate of vaccinations within our church community and our city are increasing. We also want to take all reasonable precautions before gathering indoors with large groups, and for this reason we don’t expect to return to Sunday morning in-person worship any time soon. We will be using publicly-available data such as community infection and hospitalization rates to determine when it is safe to make that transition. We long to be together in person, and we are prayerfully considering what conditions will need to be in place to support that emergence. Finally, we encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated. If you are having trouble making an appointment, please reach out to communications@universityucc.org and we will do our best to help.