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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.

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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..

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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.

15-year anniversary of the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, Chad Lewis remarks, January 27, 2024
(Published with permission.)

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My name is Chad Lewis. I served as a co-chair of the longhouse capital campaign committee and as a volunteer fundraiser and consultant for the Duwamish Tribe. It is my honor and privilege to talk with you about the capital campaign that led to the construction of this beautiful building.  

The longhouse capital campaign began in the late 1990s. It was led by a group of special people, The Friends of the Duwamish, comprised of Seattle philanthropists who each donated generously. These people were Ellen Ferguson, Judy Pigott, Michael Alhadeff, Martha Kongsgaard, and Arlene and George Wade. The co-chairs of this first capital campaign were Jolene Williams, now Jolene Haas, and Arlene Wade.  

With the matching funds from the Friends and the hard work of Jolene and Arlene a grant was awarded from the Washington State Heritage Fund that helped to purchase the land and jump-started the capital campaign for the longhouse. Unfortunately, after raising over $1 million the campaign stalled for a few years. 

In late 2003, my father and I attended a ceremony put on by The Descendants Committee at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). This committee was comprised of descendants of the Denny Party that landed at Alkai in 1851. The purpose of the ceremony, titled “Coming Full Circle,” was for descendants of the Denny Party to say “thank you” to the descendants of the Duwamish Tribe for all the help the tribe provided the settlers in the early years.  

I had a good conversation with Cecile after the event and offered to do a strategic planning workshop for the DTS Board. I subsequently offered to write a grant to help cover DTS operating expenses. One thing led to another, and by that spring I found myself leading a new capital campaign and working with the tribe to finish funding the longhouse. 

Between 2004 and 2008, the tribe and I closed 26 competitive agency, foundation, and individual solicitations raising $2.1 million for the longhouse and another $300,000 for DTS operating expenses. The campaign was a success, The DTS bills were paid and the longhouse was fully funded without a mortgage.   

The story of the campaign was about individuals who didn’t lose hope, and who came through at crucial times. It’s a story about key contributions and “going of the extra mile” that occurred at different times that, each time, made it possible for the DTS bills to be paid and/or for the campaign to continue.  

There are so many stories I could tell. It took so many different people and organizations contributing at exactly the right time for this project to succeed. It was always a delicate balance. Had any one of these individuals and/or organizations not come through, the project or DTS would or could have failed.  

For example, the original capital campaign committee—The Friends of the Duwamish—was crucial to credibility and financial support right from the start. And the Friends happened. 

A major foundation grant was needed in the early days to add credence for future applications. Peter Berliner and the Paul Allen Family Foundation stepped up to do this. When the campaign stalled in the early 2000s, Garry Shalliol of the Washington State Heritage Fund and Anne Takekawa of the Seattle DON protected hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have been taken away.  

What if Annie Clark, program officer for the Gates Foundation, had said “No” after the tribe failed in its first two applications? But she didn’t. (When I came along, Annie posed a special challenge. She insisted that we present her with two business plans for the longhouse in case the first one failed. She was right to do this since the first vision of the longhouse as a dinner theater and art gallery didn’t work out.)  

If the Annenberg Foundation had not decided to fund a project outside their normal funding area, and to listen to the Tribe one more time after initially saying “no,” longhouse funding could have been short $248,000. If Leonard Garfield had not lent the support of MOHAI as a partner for the Tribe’s business planning, the capital campaign would have had a very hard, maybe impossible time.  

There’s more. Had King County Council member Dow Constantine and State Senator Margarita Prentice not championed earmarks from the County and State respectively, at best, the longhouse would have had a mortgage. At worst, the campaign would not have been completed.  

Had the federal Administration for Native Americans; the New Tudor Foundation, the Social Justice Fund; and the Seattle Foundation not contributed to DTS operating expenses during the campaign, especially over the final four years, the bills would not have paid. You know, might have had a longhouse, but DTS might have been insolvent.  

Had Deb Twersky and 4Culture in King County not supported the longhouse project so generously, this project might not have happened.  

I don’t want to leave without also mentioning over $200,000 in individual contributions—whether $5 or $1,000—that streamed in over the years. Pat Wright a Denny family descendant was an especially generous patron of the project.  

And, of course, without the iron will and dedication of Tribal Chair, Cecile Hansen, we wouldn’t be here today.  

Before I finish, I’d like to highlight two people. They worked behind the scenes and made a huge difference. The first is Carl Hageman, the accountant. Carl worked tirelessly with Byron and me to manage cash flows necessary for construction, to help me reconcile dozens of grant accounts for quarterly and final reporting, and to successfully close the books on the longhouse project. The tribe passed all its audits with Carl in the background.  

Tribal member Cindy Williams also deserves special mention. Cindy and I worked side by side on every single grant and business plan. She also handled details over the four years related to myriad activities whether planning a gala at MOHAI to test the first business plan and raise money, coordinating a site visit from a funder, or making 30 copies of a business plan for a meeting. I bounced ideas off her sometimes daily. My contribution to the tribe and the longhouse project could not have succeeded without her.  

There are so many others. People like Sunny Speidel who offered Doc Maynard’s as a place for art auction fundraisers, Ken Gordon from the Potlatch Fund, tribal member and first director of the longhouse, James Rasmussen, Descendant’s Committee member, Louise Brown, or long-time DTS Board member and social activist, Paul Benz. The list goes on and on.  

I’ll close with how I concluded my talk at the ribbon cutting 15 years ago. True then and still true today.  

I’d like to thank Chairperson Cecile Hansen for inviting me to contribute to the Tribe. Doing so has been one of the greatest honors of my life.  

That concludes my remarks. Now, I’d like to introduce Byron Barnes, the miracle worker who led the design and construction of the longhouse and who also donated hundreds of hours to the project.