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.

     Labor Day weekend on Quilcene Bay, schools of salmon surge into the bay on their way to spawn up the Big and Little Quilcene Rivers.  Technically, salmon are a run rather than a school,  because schools  of fish swim closely together in the same direction, turning and/or swirling as a group.  But standing on the bridge on Linger Longer Road, and leaning over to watch the singular massive run of salmon so thick I imagine walking on their backs, they appear as a salmon school.  In Quilcene Bay, at low or minus tide, only shallow streams remain, so that people hurry onto the flats before dawn to snag or net a fish left behind while other salmon made it up river beforechanging tide. It is rough going for low tide salmon, and when the tide swells into the bay, tribal boats return with nets to harvest their share of fish before the salmon reach the river’s mouth.

     Labor Day weekend is also “ back to”  people schools.  As a career teacher, Labor Day always felt like New Year’s Day: time for resolutions, clean starts, determination to “do it right this year.”  And like the salmon, looking ahead sometimes appeared to be upstream.  Have you seen a salmon up close when it works its way over river rocks, determined to spawn?  Most often its flesh is torn, its color altered and shape swollen.  The journey is physically life-changing.

     Now, early September we are sending our children off to school, meeting along the way with friends to walk away from us up the river to whatever their unseen destination may be.  It comforts us knowing our children are not alone, but they are truly away from us, surrounded by new companions.   Along their way some force may deter them or harm them. It is no small thing that children today in their first days of orientation are trained how to respond to an active shooter.   In my childhood there were “duck and cover” drills to protect us from an atomic bomb likely dropped by Russians.  Oh, how little protection our desks would provide! And our parents wouldn’t be by our side.  Parents will always stand on the shore when it is back-to-school.

     We don’t know where Jesus attended school, or if he did attend other than synagogue and standing by his father’s carpentry bench  As far as we know, he was “home schooled.”  Yet, when we first read of him at age twelve – middle school years – he had been separated from his parents, lost on a Sunday School day, although being Jewish it was probably a Saturday.  His mother, anxiously separated from her son, found him at last teaching the religious scholars.  What a surprising reversal of roles that must have been.  I imagine Mary seeing her boy in a crowd and finding him behaving like a man, physically transformed before her eyes. She will be by his side again at his death as iconic pietas remind us. Most other art of Mary with Jesus portrays the infant protectively swaddled in her arms. But wasn’t that loving embrace what must have braced him for life going forward?

     I struggled with the title of this Comma Blog.  Having started with Back to School, in the process of writing about salmon swimming upstream, or children boarding school busses, I realized that the day after Labor Day is not going back, whether to the same river or the same schoolhouse.  The movement is forward, bodies and minds changed from the previous year.   Although the salmon’s destination is its reproductive determination, our children’s destination transcends our awareness, knowing only that we send them off carrying in their backpacks years of our love with which they will make their way.