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.



When I was in seminary one of my fellow students was the son of a minister. He said to me, “Well, it’s never too early to start your Monday file.”

“What’s a Monday file?”

He explained that his dad kept every complimentary note, card and letter he ever received in a file labeled Monday. He said this was because Mondays could be depressing because that’s when you get feedback about your sermon. So you whip out your Monday file to make yourself feel better.  The cards and notes were reminders that sometimes you do get it right.

“Wow,” I said, “How long do you do this?” Because I thought maybe it was like training wheels and after a while you didn’t need to keep all this stuff.

But he said, “Oh, man, my dad’s got stuff from the fifties.” So I took his advice and started a file.

But after a couple years, I read these cards and notes and thought, “I shouldn’t need this praise any more. Isn’t it sort of pathetic to keep all these?” I dumped the entire file.

I deeply regret that now.

Last week I was reading I John and these verses from Chapter 4 really hit me:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and God’s love is made complete in us.

I wish I had understood that each card and note was a kind of love letter—from God.

So I threw away love letters from God! It is a mighty thing to realize that the Divine loves us through one another, that the love we feel for another person is Spirit loving through us. We like think the love we feel is something we gin up ourselves. But my experience is that that kind of love is neither deep nor long-lasting.

And now days, when we receive an actual hand-written note or card we know this is an act of love.  This person took the time to find paper, pen, envelope and stamp, and then sat down, gathered their thoughts and wrote them down. Then they had to go look up your address. In these times where everything is described as “lightning-fast,” note writing seems positively medieval. And wonderful.

I am not dissing email messages. Because those too are acts of God loving through us. But there is something about the tangibility, the physicality of paper; the moment of anticipation as we open the envelope; the careful sliding out of the card; the perusal of any art work; the opening of the note, then the reading, the understanding, the integrating of the power of the message.

It is a sacrament, is it not?

Here’s the definition of sacrament I learned in seminary: “An outward and visible sign of an inward, invisible grace. A ceremony, in which a sacred or spiritual power is believed to be transmitted through material elements viewed as channels of divine grace.”

This perfectly describes the bread and the wine and the sacrament of Communion. But it also perfectly describes the writing, sending and receiving a note.  There are the “material elements” of paper and pen as “channels of divine grace” and the “ceremony” of opening and reading.

This does not mean however, that to be sacramental, a note has to be flattering. It can also be a loving challenge. (Ooh, deep sucking in of breath here, but stay with me.) Sometimes the most loving thing we can do for one another is offer deeply thoughtful criticism and authentic questions in our attempt to understand one another.

I have received those too and my admiration for the writer soared.  It is difficult to write a loving note of challenge or questions. Those too go in my Monday file because I believe any thoughtful note is Spirit loving me through another, is “an outward and visible sign of an inward invisible blessing.”

I’m pretty sure St. John didn’t have the U.S. Post Office in mind when he wrote this letter to the believers in Ephesus, but I think he’d agree with me. Write on.