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.

Worship in September spans 3 themes: Seasons of Love, Hope-coming, and our fall series “We Are.” We also continue our time of emergence, returning to the building for watch parties, then worship in the sanctuary, other spaces, and a digital service later in the day. Throughout all of the shifts this month, we remain rooted in our covenantal connection with God and one another. Worshipping in all these ways has become another expression of who we are.

Fall Sermon Series Beginning September 19
We are – these two words not only shape our fall series but declare deep truths about our congregation. WE makes it clear that for all of our personal experiences, the path of discipleship is a collective journey. ARE is a statement of being, describing our identity. In the way that Psalm 139 covers our waking and sleeping, our coming and going, these words cover all aspects of our community. We are shaped by our past. We are participating in God’s ongoing liberation. We are hopeful for a future for generations to come. We are.

Our series begins with our identity in Christ, being known by God. We are reflections of Christ and friends of Jesus. No matter what else is happening around us, these are always true marks of who we are in the present.

Our attention then shifts to the legacy of who we’ve been and the work of those who have come before us. We are called to know our foundation, particularly as a community that was intentionally brought into the U-District. We are the gifts of the ancestors in faith. We celebrate being a community that pursues both knowledge and wisdom.

As the nights grow longer and seasons begin to turn, we are drawn toward our calling. The future God holds for us is as a covenant people, filled with abundance and citizens of heaven.

Throughout this season we recognize things within ourselves:

  • We are a living church, not a historical monument
  • We are a place where heirloom seeds (heritage seeds?) are grown, alongside new plants and hybrids in God’s wild garden
  • We are a place and a people where God’s story continues to unfold

WE ARE.

Spiritual Practice for the We Are series:
Poetry captures our feelings in powerful and unique ways, be it couplets, haiku, or slam poetry. We are inviting the congregation to let the words “We are” sink into our hearts and thoughts, our passions and our values. From this dwelling we invite the church to write poems that capture these reactions and help describe who WE ARE, as a community of faith, as a witness, as a beloved community.

September 19
Scripture: Psalm 139:1-18
Sermon title: Known by God
Preacher: Rev. Amy Roon

September 26
Scripture: 2 Cor 5:16-20
Sermon title: Christ’s Representatives
Preacher: Rev. Steve Jerbi