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.

Growing up, trips to visit my extended family always involved at least one afternoon hunched over the dining room table looking at the family tree. My Great Uncle Bob was passionate about history, and I remember him proudly unfurling this giant roll of paper with all these supplemental pages taped together; years of careful research and inquiry.

As I child I was not very interested in this activity. Then again, I was also not very interested in playing basketball, so if there was a choice between losing game after game of ‘horse’ with my second cousins… well, I opted to stay indoors and listen to Great Uncle Bob. He would pull out the leaves on his table and anchor the massive scroll with salt and pepper shakers and a dilapidated paper napkin holder. His weathered finger would trace back the path of our family, with his neatly handwritten names, dates, and notes. He knew our Welsh ancestry back 8 to 10 generations, to a father whose three sons took very different paths: one traveled to America, one to South Africa, and one stayed in Wales. Uncle Bob was in touch with those decedents on two other continents.

As an adult, I know that family history research is an inherently privileged activity. For many people of color, their family history in America involves discrimination and persecution. For Indigenous people and Black descendants of enslaved Africans, that history is marked by trauma. There is grief, too, in those severed ancestral connections. There’s been movement to replace “family tree” activities in schools with “circle of love” activities, where students can name meaningful connections beyond just family relationships. Family trees can be traumatic, or just inaccessible, but everyone has a circle of love. I think about this a lot as an unmarried woman who chose assisted reproduction to grow my family, and am aware of the ways Jory’s family doesn’t fit into the “normal” mold (as if anyone really has a normal family!).

While I’m firmly in support of the Circles of Love model, I also look back with gratitude on my afternoons spent around Uncle Bob’s dining room table, looking at our family tree. I thought about him as I wrote Jory’s full name, Jory Elwin Shilling, on my dad’s battered copy of the family tree scroll.

My Great Uncle, the Rev. Robert Elwyn Williams, died in January 2021. He was 97 years old. He was survived by his wife of 75 years, Betsy (who is almost 100 years old now!). When I attended his digital memorial service, I saw on my screen the faces of hundreds of people who came to celebrate his life: members of the congregation he founded in Walnut Creek, friends involved in his decades of political and environmental activism, and family near and far, including sixth- or seventh-cousins attending the memorial from Wales and South Africa.

Fredrick Douglass referred to himself as a branch grafted on the tree of the church. I know Uncle Bob would agree. We are each connected to one another through the common family tree of humanity. We are all siblings in Christ, a circle of love, strengthened by our shared faith.

At the walnut creek house in ~2007: left to right my brother Calder, me, Great Aunt Betsy, Great Uncle Bob, my mom Jamie, and Great Aunt Margie.