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.

Green Tree Under White SkyAt the June 2021 Church Council Meeting, council voted to appoint a Search Committee to recommend a Bridge Minister of Care and Outreach to serve our congregation after Rev. Dr. Catherine Foote’s retirement, beginning in late 2021 for at least six months. The Bridge Search Committee members will be Ed Coleman (chair), Terry Moore, Margaret Stine, Carol Bryant, and Christina Purdy. The council affirmed the intention to follow this call by seeking to recommend to the congregation a candidate for a full-time, settled Minister of Care and Outreach. That search process would begin in 2022. The gift of a short-term bridge pastor is to support the natural grief as a beloved and long-tenured leader steps away, and to make room for the emergence and change that must come with any leadership transition in a church community.

The recommendation from the Future’s Task Force was to continue with the three-pastor leadership team, and to evaluate the viability of three full-time ministers with Pastor Catherine’s retirement. While the FTF didn’t predict a global pandemic and the ways our ministry and church would shift over the past 18 months, their report did provide a wonderful articulation of the vision, hopes, and dreams of this congregation. Their work informed the search process that brought us Pastor Steve, and has undergirded many decisions our church has made over the past few years including the recent restructure of staffing within Christian Formation, to increase support for our youth, children, and families and the hiring of Rev. Yolanda Norton as our Visiting Theologian.

Prior to the pandemic, there was concern about long term declining trends in pledging households and worship attendance. To say the pandemic has obscured those trends is an understatement: in fact, the pandemic has completely changed the ways we evaluate participation in worship and church life. As we step into the process of emergence (a time of transition that will last until our new settled pastor joins us), we are faithfully walking together into the unknown, listening for God’s call for UCUCC at this place and in this time.

The truth is: we’ve never known what the future will bring. We’ve learned in the past year that we can adapt to things we never thought were possible. We have a greater appreciation for the interconnectedness of our staff, members, and building partners, and what we’re able to accomplish with creativity and fortitude. Our church has a solid financial foundation, deep resources of talent and treasure, and a legacy of extraordinary generosity among our members. We also know that at the present time, our church is well served by three full time clergy and the current leadership team model with new portfolios of Minister of Care and Outreach, Minster of Worship and Christian Formation, and Minister of Vision and Stewardship. The invitation is to step bolding into something new. We trust that we are walking together on God’s transformative adventure, following the path of love and justice as revealed to us by Jesus. Whatever we do next, we’ll do together as a congregation.