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 – and 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.

I’ve gotten several DUI’s this week. This is hard for me to admit. Getting a DUI—a “Don’t Understand It”—is humbling.

All of my DUI’s center around leading Sunday worship which seems like an easy thing to do. It is not. It is hard.

How hard? I just bought a case of anti-perspirant.

Sunday worship may look easy to lead. We don’t really think about it unless something goes wrong. But that doesn’t happen very often because our worship staff is very skilled.

I am not skilled. I am just a bit, well, terrified.

What do I say before this prayer? Where do I stand? And how can I stop the childhood lyrics from playing in my head:

 

“From all that dwell below the skies,

Let the Creator’s pies all rise;”

Well, I won’t finish that and just hope that no one names their child Luya.

I’ve been in the ministry for thirty years, but leading worship is not my domain. On your death bed? Get me in there. Want to discuss death with dignity? Call me! Been doing CPR for thirty minutes and the patient died? Let’s talk.

Just don’t ask me where the candle-lighting kid sits. Or who holds the basket of gluten-free bread. Or when we stop the passing of the peace.

So I have to admit my ignorance, ask questions, take notes. It’s uncomfortable at first—a lot like working out with weights. You have to start small. So I’m building my DUI muscles with lighter topics so that I can be strong enough to ask DUI questions about heavier topics.

“You want to criminalize abortion? You think being a sex worker is a good job? You don’t like immigrants? Can you help me understand?”

This is the big challenge: How do we respond to the DUIs in our lives? Do we pretend to understand? Do we avoid discussing it all? Do we simply write off those with whom we disagree? None of these are good options.

My DUI muscles are getting stronger. But I’m not getting rid of that anti-perspirant.