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.

I’ve often joked that I have a “brown thumb.” This is generally funny when you have the visual that shows that my thumbs, in fact, are brown. But the truth is, I’ve lived my life in communities of people that seem to find growing gardens and keeping houseplants as a sign of adulthood. Me? I’ve actually managed to kill a cactus.

I’ve gone through all the phases of shame and evolution one could possibly have around this. I’m pretty sure the root of the problem is that I just don’t notice plants very well. I see them and I can go through bursts of attention for them but that just means I tend to either over water them or forget to water them.

And yes, if you want to share all your tips, you are most welcome to do so. I will love listening to how much you love growing things. Loving listening to you, however, does not translate into me actually doing a thing better.

So, while I love all the agricultural parables and spiritual metaphors of seeds and growing and planting things, I generally don’t have much to share or add there.

Except this: there are things blooming in my house and in my garden even though I am terrible at growing things.

The orchid someone gave me in 2020, after looking lovely and then just sitting there with a couple of big green leaves for 3 years… has now been continuously blooming for over a year.

The miniature roses my mom gave me on Mother’s Day in 2011, the year she died, still bloom every year out in the random place I planted them in the yard.

There are all kinds of living things in the yard I can absolutely not call a garden… and they grow and thrive sometimes without my care, oftentimes despite my care.

The Good News is this: we learn about creation and can and should delight in striving to be supportive partners to the growth of others and in all living things. But let us also hear the Good News that God’s creation has never depended on our goodness too grow, adapt and thrive.

It’s late June. It’s the season of proms and graduations and landmarks of growth of all kinds. Some of you are busy planting gardens. Some of you are mourning not being able to plant a garden this year. Some of you are worrying about the landmarks of growth you or a child or grandchild may be missing in some way.

Hear these words of assurance: God’s creatures, God’s creation, God’s creativity does not depend on you, nor does it grow or reach maturity because you did just the right thing. Sometimes we can help, sure, and it can feel wonderful to be a part of it when it happens…. But it doesn’t depend on you.

If you’re in a season where you can’t see anything growing and can’t imagine taking care of another living thing, have a meal, drink some water, get a good night’s sleep. You never know what blooms will happen while you’re just trying to get by.