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 – and 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.

He really didn’t look very sick. He was wearing jogging shorts and a T-shirt. His arms and legs were tan against the white hospital sheets. But I knew the truth: he had a device implanted in his chest that was keeping him alive as he waited for a new heart.

Since I had seen him a couple times before, I knew he had a very “successful” life, made a lot of money, and bought a lot of things. But his heart failure made him reconsider everything. He questioned meaning and purpose. He pondered his relationships. He wondered about God.

I was excited to see him again, hoping that we would continue our conversation about these issues. That is one of the awesome things about being a chaplain: sometimes you get to witness transformation.

I stood in the doorway of his room. “You’re back! I haven’t seen you in month. Are you up for a visit?” I asked.

“Sure.”

I pulled up my mask, adjusted my goggles and scrubbed my hands. He stared out the window so I pulled a chair up to the window side of the bed.

“How are things?”

“Good.” He looked right past me, not making eye contact. It was odd because he was so animated the last time we spoke. I decided to refresh his memory.

“The last time we talked you mentioned that you were reconsidering lots of things in your life. Where are you with that now?”

Silence. He scratched his chin. “Oh, yeah. Just thinking about things.”

I could feel my terrier persona taking over. I was not going to let go. “What kind of things?”

Now if I were him I would be tempted to answer, “Like how to get rid of you.”  But instead he said, “Thing things.”

Okay, fine. On my last visit he wanted prayer so I said, “Would you me like to say a prayer before I go?”

“No, I’m good.”

You’re good? Pfft! I left thinking, “I wasted a perfectly good hand washing on him.”

Then a couple days later I came across the spiritual concept of being a “hollow bone.” This idea shows up in many spiritual traditions and it refers to emptying ourselves of ego and agenda and letting Spirit flow through us.

Imagine that!

Being a hollow bone is about humility which I think we often misunderstand. It’s not about shaming ourselves or thinking less of ourselves. Humility is deeply knowing that our best work comes when Spirit streams through us. The secret is to be present, let go of our agenda and detach from the outcome.

Humility is about allowing something greater than ourselves to function. Allowing is not the same as inaction. Allowing is dropping our desire to micromanage, to control and force everything. Allowing makes room.

If I had been a hollow bone with him, it wouldn’t matter to me that he was staring out the window. I wouldn’t care that we were not having a deep conversation. I probably would have just sat quietly and stared out the window with him.

Flowing Spirit is powerful. When we can put aside our self-importance and allow Spirit to stream through us then we are transformed too. We become more forgiving, compassionate, kind and appreciative.

I hope I see him again and that when I do, I am a hollow bone.  I hope my heart is open and strong. I hope that for him too.