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 – and 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.

“It’s not the fall itself as much as the flailing I do as I fall that does so much damage.”

I first read that quote (or something like it) decades ago, back when falling didn’t seem like something to worry about. Now that I am over 65, I understand how dangerous a fall can be. Broken wrists broken knees and broken hips are real and serious issues.

Nevertheless, when we were considering a way to move into our fall worship series, “Brave,“ and Amy suggested we begin with a trust fall, I was intrigued. I have always considered my faith journey as an adventure I have pretty much fallen into. From the moment I began to listen for God’s call in my life, and up to this moment of writing, I have known the journey would require courage on my part. I am one of the folks who resonate with the suggestion of Annie Dillard that church pews should be equipped with seat belts and crash helmets.

So what about a trust fall? As we let the idea settle in, we decided, “Why not?“ Why not experiment with this embodiment as we explore what it means to be “brave”?

A quick note in case you’re wondering. A “trust fall” is an exercise where we one person falls backwards into the arms of another person (or persons) ready to catch the faller. A trust fall is designed to remind us of how much we need one another, especially when we take a risk and fall. And of course, as human beings, we all will fall sooner or later. It is a way of exploring relationships by taking a little bit of risk.

So there I was, on the first Sunday of our new fall worship series, standing on the podium that is usually reserved for our music director, Heidi. My two colleagues stood behind me, with their arms locked, ready to catch me. And behind them was another congregant, who I had asked to keep an eye on my head “just in case.”

We had practiced the trust fall earlier that morning. I was surprised at how daunting it actually was, to cross my arms, stiffen my body, and fall backwards, trusting the prepared arms to catch me. The experience was unsettling enough that when I went downstairs to talk with the youth about the song they would be leading in the service, titled “Brave,” as it turned out, I had told them about the trust fall. Youth are often experienced with this exercise. Trust falls are a frequent part of youth programming.

So I told the youth group what I would be doing, and asked them to send me their silent encouragement as I did it.

Then I went into the sanctuary for the beginning of worship.

So there I was, preparing to fall into the arms of my colleagues. Amy spoke the words: “We catch our breath. Our heartbeat quickens. We fall into the brave place of worship and service.“

I’m not sure what the congregation expected in that moment. As I nervously looked over my shoulder to make sure my colleagues were ready for me, many people laughed. Was it nervous laughter?

I crossed my arms, stiffened my legs, and fell back.

And then I felt strong arms catch me.

The congregation surprised us all by breaking into applause. Maybe we all had been catching our breath. Maybe every heartbeat quickened. Or maybe for most it was just another Sunday. That sure can be how it is for me sometimes.

But on that Sunday, in that moment, in all my anxiety and my wonder, I was encouraged. I was supported. I was celebrated. I was caught.

It is just a small moment, a way to move into a sense of the Sacred. But it points to something much bigger. So as we go through this “trust fall” season, I wish that for every person of faith who steps into a risky place, who summons courage, who falls into the brave place of worship and action, that they will indeed fall into the welcoming and strong arms of God.