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.

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.

 

 

 

I recently read a guest essay in the Sunday NY Times where Emily Esfahani Smith was talking about recovering and moving on from the pandemic. She suggested reflecting on how the pandemic has changed you, what have you lost and gained; what sort of life do you want to lead, who do you want to become?

I smiled at these familiar questions because they are the same ones with which organ transplant recipients struggle. For people receiving a pair of lungs or a new heart or a healthy liver, it feels like being born again. They’ve lost some things but have been given a second chance at life. They have choices now that they didn’t have before. They are changed.

This week I talked with a woman who just received a new heart. She grew up in a very conservative Christian faith. “But I rejected that,” she said. “I embraced New Age beliefs.” She paused for a moment then laughed and said, “But I eventually rejected that too.”

“What do you believe now?” I asked. “About life, death, purpose and meaning?”

“I’ve never really thought about it before.” She looked at all the lines and tubes running in and out of her body and said, “Well, being in the ICU gives me plenty of time to sort through those questions.”

It’s so easy to say what we don’t believe and so much harder to say exactly what we do believe. That goes for big things like religion and politics to smaller things like music or food or climate.

When we work on changing our behavior, we’re encouraged to put things in positive terms: “I enjoy getting up early,” instead, “I won’t sleep in anymore.”   

So in this time of pandemic recovery and hot—and perhaps sleepless—nights, we can ask ourselves, “What sort of post-pandemic life do I want to lead? How have I changed? Who do I want to become?”

And like organ transplant recipients we can all sigh and whisper, “Thank you,” every night.