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

View for detailed Google Map.

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.

Click on the image to see an enlarged version.

Opening slowly but surely

  • On a normal Sunday morning, 1/4 of our congregation is unable to be vaccinated or has a health condition that makes the vaccine less effective. Our commitment to being inclusive reflects this reality. For large all-church and intergenerational events, we ask that everyone remain masked, in solidarity with the most vulnerable among us and those that care for them.
  • UPDATE 7/26: based on the latest recommendations from the King County Public Heath for universal masking due to a recent uptick in cases, UCUCC is still recommending that all indoor events be masked even for those who are vaccinated. The Covid-19 Action Team will continue to evaluate this recommendation. 
  • Food and drink are now permitted for indoor or outdoor small group events, meetings, etc, if the event is adults only. For events providing childcare, food may be served and adults may be un-masked if childcare is provided in a separate space. UPDATE 7/26: we ask that everyone at indoor small group events with food/beverages stay masked except when eating and drinking, and when possible please be six feet or more away from others outside your family group while eating.
  • To help reduce the risk of Covid-19, we have upgraded our air filters to MERV-13 throughout the church. These new filters will also help reduce allergens and other airborne colds and flus!

Resuming in-person Worship
In-person Sunday morning worship will resume on Sunday, September 26. As an intergenerational faith community where 1/4 of our Sunday morning participants are ineligible for vaccination, we will begin in-person worship asking everyone to be masked while inside. Based on recommendations from the Covid-19 Action Team, all worship leaders (including choir members) will be asked to disclose their vaccination status to the church and, if vaccinated, can lead worship without a mask.

We are also working on technological upgrades that will allow us to stream Sunday worship into multiple spaces within the church (via a closed circuit system). We will curate spaces for worship participation that prioritize safer protocols. For example, the library could be furnished with additional HEPA air filters, and become a place to view worship while social distancing, and with no congregational singing.

Multiple spaces will be available for children and families to participate in worship, if they prefer to not join in worshiping in the sanctuary.

We will continue our online ministry, including our online worship service.

Worship Watch parties
Worship watch parties are happening all month long in August! As we take one step towards emergence, several congregation members are opening their homes to watch worship with a small group. Practice singing in person again, reading the covenant in unison, and experience the joy of interacting with others as you participate in online worship together. Space is limited, though more are being scheduled, so keep an eye on the weekly email for the latest updates! Interested in hosting a worship watch party? Email parishcaresupport@universityucc.org.

August 1, Tamara and Jeff Roberts—Wallingford
August 8, Margaret Stine—Montlake
August 15, Eric and Sarah Wallen—Lynnwood
August 15, Dennis and Leslie Noson—Phinney Ridge
August 22, Margaret Stine—Montlake

Starting September 5 we will be welcoming the whole congregation back into the building to view Sunday morning worship livestream at 10:00 am, together in the sanctuary. Childcare will be provided. We will be asking all participants in in-person worship watch parties in the sanctuary to remain masked.

Greeters, ushers, and liturgists
As we return to Sundays in the sanctuary we will need to restart some of the opportunities to serve that accompany worship. We will need greeters, ushers, liturgists, and communion servers. Anticipating that we will be not only in the sanctuary but also smaller groups in the Chapel, Ostrander Hall, and the Turner Lounge we will need more people to serve than we had pre-Covid. Reach out to ministry leads or Vicki Farmer at vfarmer@universityucc.org if you would like to help.