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.

We’re continuing the theme of THRESHOLDS, recognizing this time of transition and transformation: racial, environmental, economic, cultural, spiritual. How to leave behind old ways and enter into new ones? How to be with the uncomfortable space of not-yet, the messy middle? Together we’ll engage imagination, spirit, and real-life skills for threshold times.

 

Writing, Reflection, & Really Good Beverages
Sunday, May 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Join us for two hours of writing from imagination-tickling prompts on thresholds & transitions with Hannah Merrill, Curator of Writing.

Create a Talisman to Honor Transitions
Sunday, May 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Design an amulet/talisman that represents the future you want to live into: More mindfulness? More justice? More self-care? More joy? Together we’ll find the symbols and colors that speak to that change for you. Then we’ll craft them from simple materials found around your home. Where might you place it to remind you as you move through the thresholds in your life? On this Mothers’ Day weekend, we especially invite moms & kids (of all sorts) to celebrate by crafting and reflecting together- and to honor our Mother Earth.

Denise Henrikson, leader, loves to cultivate community through crafting. She has led creative projects regionally and internationally and currently serves as the community director of EcoThrive Housing, a group committed to creating vibrant, affordable, regenerative communities- where people are connected with nature and each other.

Stories of Stepping Out
Sunday, May 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
What happens when you step out? Over a threshold and into a new way of being and doing? Join us for an evening of real-life stories from Gathering Ground community members Rene De Los Santos and Lisa Domke. This evening culminates our exploration of Thresholds over the past months.

In search of volunteers to host a Summer Solstice labyrinth open house

Mindfully following the values of UCUCC and directions of public health, Gathering Ground is carefully planning a distanced and masked outdoor gathering: a labyrinth walking open house on June 20 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. You will be invited to sign up for a time to walk a labyrinth (one household may walk together at a time), to visit labyrinth activity stations, and to join into a community reflection together at 8:30 pm.

We need 17 volunteers to safely host this event. Join in making this meaningful event available by contacting volunteeringgatheringround.seattle@gmail.com.

Gathering Ground is an independent program sponsored by UCUCC, where people of all beliefs come together to share and forge meaning. Programs are always free to attend with contributions welcomed. You will receive a secure Zoom link for each event when you RSVP on www.GatherinGround.org
or email
GatherinGround.Seattle@gmail.com.