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.

 

Last week I received a notice on my front door. “Your power will be out April 8th from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are replacing telephone poles on your street.”

EIGHT hours with no power? No microwave, no espresso machine, no blow dryer, no hot water kettle, NO HOT WATER. My eyeballs fell out onto the table and rolled across the floor.  Blinded by worry, I knew I would have to prepare.

The night before the Power Outage I went to bed early and was asleep by nine o’clock. I woke up at midnight, hot-flash-restless and worried about no power ALL DAY. The thing is, once you start worrying about one thing, all these other Worries line up, pushing and shoving their way to the front of your mind. And may I just say that NONE of them wore masks. Argh!

When I got up I immediately starting writing in my Morning Pages while My Mensch of a Partner made lattes. I wrote quickly because who knows how long my computer charge would last? I looked at the clock–two more hours of power. What kind of monsters would take our power away before coffee? After writing, lattes and email I took a long hot shower because we would soon lose our hot water! The tragedies just kept piling up.

I had an appointment at ten o’clock that morning, but what if before then I wanted–needed!–a cup of tea? I put on the electric kettle and microwaved some milk for the tea. And no–we can’t boil water on our stove top because we have an electric starter. I know—devastating. Got the tea/milk combo so nuclear hot that my first sip blistered my lips. I quickly grabbed some ice because it would most likely melt in the freezer while the power was out.

All this craziness got me to thinking, (Something has to.)  What if we all got a notice that for eight hours we would lose Power? And I do mean “Power” with a capital “P.” And what is most powerful with a capital “P?” PRAYER. What if our prayers were USELESS for eight hours straight? How would we prepare? What would we pray about?

Quick, quick! Think fast and be specific. No fair just saying, “World peace, world health.” What do you need every day that would not be possible without the power of Spirit? For some of us it’s as essential as “breath.” For others of us it is as consequential as “may the car start.” What is on our hearts about which we want–need!–to pray?

Think about what could happen in eight hours if there was no Power of the Holy Spirit. Those last second prayers of anyone–a person held by a cop on the street; a tired parent of a sick child; a dying human anywhere in the world. THINK about what would happen if Spirit just checked out for a mere eight seconds, let alone eight hours.

How would you prepare? Have you ever said, “I’ll keep you in my prayers”? Of course you have! So have I–many times a day as a hospital chaplain. Well, it’s time for us to gather up all those promises, all those good intentions and PRAY!

Because what if the Power went out? Even for just eight seconds, let alone eight hours?

It won’t.

But it bears thinking about because it reminds of us how we squander, overlook, forget about the power of Spirit every day.