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.

This time of year, as the days shrink and the nights get longer, my family has this thing that’s something between a tradition and a habit.  We leave off all the lights at night.  We use candles or lanterns when we need them, and though we might use lights sometimes, overall we spend a lot more time in the dark.

For starters, it’s a very different thing to have a conversation in the dark than it is to have a conversation with the lights on: drastically different.  But it’s easy to forget that.  We spend so little waking time in the dark; and in some cases, so little sleeping time too.  Over 100 years ago, the advent of electric light changed the context of our daily experience so fundamentally that we are still catching up to the consequences to our health, our planet, and to our peace of mind.

Among other things, darkness reminds us of our limits, of how little we can actually see with our eyes or know with our minds.  In the perpetual artificial daylight of the modern world we can start to believe all the slogans of our egos, and it becomes easy to demonize anyone who disagrees with us.  But in darkness our hubris is checked by a vast could of unknowing, and if you can tarry there, all the other coping strategies of the human sojourn are quickly restored: mystery and wonder, humility and humour, fear and faith.

Of course, darkness can only be savoured through direct experience.  So as an experiment, consider turning off all the lights tonight and asking yourself: how does this make me feel?  How does it change how I think of others, or the world around me?  How does it change my perception of God, or Spirit?

For some, any step into the dark is a scary one.  Depending on what our hearts project into that darkness, it could be that there are very threatening things out there waiting to get us.  This is why so many of us were raised to avoid the dark, either literally (by keeping some degree of light on all the time throughout the night) or figuratively (by always needing to be right, to know; by fooling ourselves into thinking we have all the answers).  The result is that we’re terrified by not being able to “see.”

But in her book Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor says that, “Those of us who wish to draw near to God should not be surprised when our vision goes cloudy, for this is a sign that we are approaching the opaque splendor of God. If we decide to keep going beyond the point where our eyes or minds are any help to us, we may finally arrive at the pinnacle of the spiritual journey toward God, which exists in complete and dazzling darkness…”

So what if we lingered in the dark a little longer this season?  What if we allowed the natural rhythms of night and day more sway over our lives? Because when we run from darkness entirely, we don’t learn much about what we’re running from.  And if we believe the wisdom of our spiritual tradition, when we turn away from the cloud of unknowing we turn away from the Spirit Counselor and Guide that was promised to us.  Because by my reading of him, Jesus doesn’t suggest that God is found in the bright light of bold proclamations and triumphant charges, God is found in the midst of our uncertainty, in the womb of darkness, in the Sacred Mother of Mystery in which all Children of God are actually conceived, nurtured, and delivered.  So what if that were true?  Let us continue to pray for one another: O Gracious God, be with us in the dark.