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.

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.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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..

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 think that is what I said last week to the folks at the Parish Care luncheon, a gathering for those who are involved with caring for members and friends of UCUCC.  They asked me to share any wisdom I had about caring for others.

“Everybody is just trying to get their needs met.”

It is a basic and reorienting psychospiritual truth that I am still trying to fully integrate and utilize.  If I remember it, things go better. When I forget it, I’m more critical and frustrated.

As a young Christian teenager, it was not hard to get the message of Jesus as “love one another.” Forgiveness, patience, kindness, humility, honesty and hospitality and the rest all seemed to be expressions of the love Jesus was talking about.

Sounds good. I’m with you, Jesus. I’m in.


Easier said than done, Jesus, especially when it comes to real, imperfect humans that I encounter. How do I do that? How do I love the one in front of me whom I don’t like in the moment, who is irritating me or keeping me from what I want, or who seems somehow not doing the right or the cooperative thing?

The late Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, a psychologist by training, out of his own frustration with psychology, created a communication approach called Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The intention is to communicate so that our energy and words do not keep separating us, but build understanding and connection and nurture what’s alive in us. That’s where I heard “Everybody is just trying to get their needs met”, in NVC.

NVC is also known as Compassionate Communication. I think what Jesus was teaching could also be called compassion.  Just like NVC, compassion sounds good, but is not always easy for me so I appreciate any clues or cues that help me.

“Everybody is just trying to get their needs met.”

It helps me be compassionate with others AND with myself (which is crucial for compassion to flow).  If I can set aside my story and/or another person’s story and just focus on what human need is trying to be met or is unmet, I can feel compassion more easily at the level of basic human need, mine or another’s. We could name needs like autonomy, security, authenticity, meaning, physical nurture, emotional nurture, spiritual nurture, celebration and play, rest and appreciation, etc.

I want you to imagine someone with whom you have an irritation or can’t understand.  Or maybe imagine yourself in a state of irritation or anger or depression.  What if you just set aside the story, the plot, and just met yourself or that other person at the level of basic human need? Might compassion, our spiritual intention, come easier and more fully?

This is a start to building compassionate energy and momentum. More or less, we all have strategies and behaviors that are costly ways of getting our needs met. They cost us and/or others a lot and make it hard for us or others to actually get what we need and want.  Our lives would improve if we changed those patterns. But those patterns are hard to change if we don’t first compassionately appreciate in ourselves or others what needs are at stake.

“Everybody is just trying to get their needs met.”

Put that in your spiritual pocket today and bring it out when needed.  See if it builds your sense of compassion for yourself and for others.