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.

The email came a few weeks back from Roger. “We are working on our video about the stewardship ministry for the upcoming Goodworks bazaar. We’d like to include a photo of one of the clergy working at home. Would you be willing to make a cameo appearance in our video and if so perhaps you could email me a photo of you working away.”

A photo of me working at home? What a great idea. I grabbed my phone and scanned through my albums. One by one, I sent off the photos. “How about this one of me working on the excavator, tearing up blackberries?”

I sent a second one, that included some church members. Maybe that would be more fun for people to see. “Here is one of me and Ed and Tyler installing a freeze-free faucet down in the ram pen,” I wrote.

Then a third one. This time it was an actual church event on the farm. That might be even better: “Here’s one of Apple Day last year.”

As I went about my chores that day, I waited for an email reply that would tell me which work picture Roger had chosen. And since on that day I was also moving about two tons of hay, I took some photos of that too. Just in case he needed more.

Soon enough his reply came.

“Catherine, I’m sorry, but I wasn’t clear enough about what we were looking for. Since we’re representing the Stewardship Ministry, we were wanting to get a photo of you working on your computer at home. Part of our message is that we’ve had to adapt our administrative resources to these times.”

Oh.

At least at the end he added, as if to let me down easy, “I did like the photographs you sent . . .”

There are so many ways to understand “work.“ Here on the farm, when someone asks about my work at home, my mind naturally goes to the chores. Every morning, setting out hay for the sheep, moving them from the barn to the field. Running the dogs, feeding the chickens, checking the water levels in everybody’s tub, tank, trough or bowl. And in the evening, bedding down the sheep and chickens, feeding the dogs and the cat. There is always work here at the farm. And it is work I love.

But over the last seven months my work at home has also included my church work. It is mostly done by telephone and computer. I am hosting a zoom meeting. I am making a phone call. I am taping a sermon. I am writing a news article. I am hosting another zoom meeting. There is always work to do in the church. This is also work I love.

In addition, it remains clear how much work we need to continue to do in our world. I am in awe of how many folks in our congregation worked so hard to encourage people to vote, sending cards, letters, and texts all across the country, making phone calls, reaching out. I am moved by the hard work this congregation is doing around issues of systemic racism, even more evident in our country in this pandemic time. I am moved by the work that we all have done to stay connected over the last seven months, learning to use new tools, keeping one another safe by staying apart, but still showing up for Bible study, worship, educational programs, retreats, even if it all has to be done online.

I also know that parents are working hard right now, trying to find the energy to meet job requirements while caring for children and making even the smallest space for self care. Sometimes our work is simply to figure out how to be gentle with ourselves.

All this makes me wonder if I asked for a picture of you at work at home, what picture you might send.

In the end, I sent Roger this picture of me at the computer. On the screen are folks in a zoom meeting. What you can’t see out the window are the sheep grazing in the pasture. I get to watch that flock from my desk, as I also tend my Seattle flock, from my desk, and do what I can to work for more love and justice in the world, from my desk. I am looking forward to the time when we can gather together again safely and responsibly. In the meantime, I will keep doing my “home work.” It is all work I love.