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.

Two Lighted Jar Candles on Top Brown Wooden TableDuring 2020 the U.S. Federal Government provided financial support to a wide range of companies and organizations across the US to help them weather the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) was designed to help pay salary expenses to keep people employed despite the financial hardships that the pandemic brought. Through this program, UCUCC was given a $189,000 loan to maintain staffing. While the process of documenting proper usage of these funds and thus having this loan re-classified as a grant (i.e., not required to be paid back) is still in progress, UCUCC fully anticipates meeting the necessary PPP criteria such that we should not be left with any obligation to return this financial assistance.

With the help of PPP funds, UCUCC was able to meet 100% of its payroll obligations for 2020. We were able to maintain our staffing and redirect their talents and expertise to support the Covid-19 reality of socially and spiritually connected, but physically distanced church. Without the PPP funds UCUCC would have had to dig significantly into reserves during 2020 to maintain our planned staffing levels. Thankfully, we did not face that difficult situation. Furthermore, we found that through the continued generosity of our donors and diligent cost management efforts of our staff UCUCC finished 2020 with a surplus of nearly $100,000.  

The UCUCC Council has tasked a special team under the leadership of Kyna Shilling and Ed Coleman with representation from across the church with providing recommendations to the church council as to how this surplus should be used. 

This team’s members are:
Ed Coleman – Assistant Moderator
Vicki Farmer – At Large member
Tim Johnson – Christian Formation Ministry
Walt Puckett – Love and Justice Ministry
Kyna Shilling – Director of Finance and Operations
Margaret Stine – Worship and Music Ministry
George Vestal – Calling, Engagement, and Community Ministry
Kathy Williams – Stewardship Ministry
Ginger Warfield – Racial Justice Action Team

This team has been holding meetings to discuss ideas as to how these funds could be used. Recommendations generated by this team will be presented to the UCUCC Council for its consideration.

Recognizing that a significant contributor to the UCUCC 2020 budget surplus was the PPP funding and that the intent of that program was to offset negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team is focusing on uses of these funds that will address Covid-19 impacts. The sense of the team is that we should focus on support of organizations outside of our congregation that have felt more significant financial impacts from Covid-19 than UCUCC itself. We also want to leverage the extensive work that has already been done by groups within UCUCC to identify organizations whose goals and efforts are aligned with UCUCC priorities. We are fortunate to have the dedicated involvement of the members of this team and also look forward to input from others within UCUCC on this issue. Please contact one of the members of this team if you have ideas about worthy usages of these funds.