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.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
~Matthew 18:20

Lately, I have been feeling grateful for the ways that our church enriches my life and supports my well-being through gatherings large and small. The Covid pandemic was a huge disruption to all of our lives, and yet we managed to retain a sense of our community of faith in the midst of that disruption. Even as the challenges of that time linger, it feels like we are finally able to enjoy gathering in community in ways that embody abundant joy and celebration.

Sunday breakfasts have returned, and the buzz of conversation punctuated by the excitement of kids playing together makes me smile. But no time to linger. I’m just passing through on my way to the choir room to put on my robe and get back upstairs to the back of the sanctuary before the service starts. There in the back, one of the ministers or a parent gives last minute instructions to the child bringing in  the light. The prelude ends, the bell signifying the start of the service rings out, and the opening hymn begins.

The service itself can be a roller coaster ride of contemplation, sorrow, joy and learning. Having been a part of this congregation since the early 1990s, I have gotten to know many interesting and and admirable people. I add my own prayers for them as I hear of their troubles, illnesses and difficulties. And I can look back at the times that I have been comforted in turn by a kind act or a tasty meal when I was going through a setback. Singing with the choir, hearing scripture and sermons, listening for the presence of God in my life—I usually leave for home on a late Sunday morning feeling refreshed and with plenty to ponder.

I often travel the two and a half mile route from my house to the church several times in a week. Sunday mornings are followed by “Practicing the presence of God,” on Monday evenings. It is a candle-lit time of contemplation accompanied by instruction from Pastor Michael and sharing of experiences by those present. It is amazing how sitting in silence with kindred souls can be more rewarding than doing the same thing in solitude at home. On Thursday evenings I attend choir practice, a time to enjoy the company of fellow musicians and stock my brain with new lyrics and melodies to enjoy over the next few days.

This past week I had the opportunity for two rewarding gatherings. The first was a celebration of the life of Mary Elizabeth Maltman, who passed away recently at over 100. Hers was, indeed, a life well lived, full of service to advancing social justice and advancing education for young children. The service gave me a chance to remember serving with her on a church committee and enjoying in reflection her gentle sense of humor and her steadfast faith.

A few days later, I enjoyed a potluck in the lounge with about a dozen people, as we celebrated the ending of Ed Coleman’s term as our church assistant moderator and moderator. Ed’s leadership on behalf our church over the past four years has been both inspired and steady. The conversation over casseroles and salad was light-hearted. We did not make speeches about Ed or read grand proclamations. The time to just be together and enjoy each other’s company seemed sufficient for recognition and thanks.

A sense of community can be an elusive thing. I so appreciate the ways that this community of faith enriches my life, and I hope that you find similar “bread for the journey” in this place of spirit.