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.

Seeds of Wisdom: a campaign for Gathering Ground support 

Would you like to make more meaning in the world? A seed from the tree of wisdom is determined to take root. Please support its growth by supporting Gathering Ground’s campaign for 2022 support.

Gathering Ground is a place to “do stuff, reflect, and connect.” Planted by UCUCC five years ago, this independent ministry for spiritual-but-not-religious people has grown to involve 150 people each year in an annual cycle of programs—creative and seasonal practices. During pandemic, we moved online and found a new audience, as people logged on in increasing numbers to make meaning of that moment. In 2022 we plan to explore meeting both online and in-person, always on a contribute-as-you-can basis. 

Those who attend say that Gathering Ground “fills a yearning”, “connects me with new people and new ideas”, “gives me a place to be vulnerable”, “challenges me to grow”, “lets me look at my heart by crafting and writing”, “has a sweetness.”

This experimental ministry faces a new phase of its growth in 2022: the start-up funds generously provided by UCUCC will be spent down. We invite friends of Gathering Ground to join a circle of support. Please join those who keep this seed of wisdom growing. Practice Jesus’ radical hospitality, making a place at the table for everyone who seeks meaning.

You may make a gift of any size now, or make a pledge of $25 – $1,000 to be fulfilled during 2022. All pledgers will receive winter solstice cards crafted by community members for you to send to your friends. Gifts and pledges may be made at www.GatherinGround.org or by mailing a check to UCUCC with Gathering Ground in the memo line.

Our world yearns for transformation. So do many of our neighbors. Bless you for joining together, to renew ancient ways of wisdom for today’s world.

September & October Gathering Ground Programs

Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor book study and reflection group
Sunday, September 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm and Sunday, October 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Online via Zoom
How do we reckon with a family history of racism? Join local writer June BlueSpruce to delve into the book Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women. Using a lens of inherited trauma and family history, this collection of 12 personal essays offers a brave, humanizing path to dismantle whiteness, face grief, and bring healing. You are encouraged to attend both workshops (but not required). We can assist with loaning or purchasing the book.

Introduction to Day of the Dead
Sunday October 24, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, hybrid event 
Offered both online and in person at University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE, Seattle)
Learn about the moving practices of the Mexican fìesta, Dia de los Muertos. It’s a powerful tradition to honor those who have passed on, but are still important in your life. Please bring with you as you log on or attend in person: photographs or favorite foods of your beloved family who have passed on. Led by Rene De Los Santos. If attending in person, we’ll practice community safety by wearing masks & distancing.