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.

My truck before Wednesday

For the first time in almost forty years, I am just now without a truck. I got my first truck, a little Ford Courier, when I left seminary in 1978. My current truck, a 2001 F150 is at the tow yard and I have officially “released it” to the insurance company. On Wednesday a young man (also driving a big truck) ran a red light and our two trucks suddenly wanted to be in the same place at the same time. My truck came out on the worse side of that encounter. Both the other driver and I, gratefully, are fine.

That encounter has gotten me thinking though about the mystery of time and life and collisions and near-misses. What led me to be in that place, at that time, in my truck? A series of decisions, plans, changes of plans, moments of delay, red and green lights, all brought me to that intersection as the other driver was also in the midst of his plans and changes of plans and heading there too.

This mystery is something I have thought about all my “thinking” life. I was just 12 years old when Bernice Hill called our house and asked if my sister and I wanted to be in her Girl Scout troop. Mom could have missed that call. I could have said “no.” A hundred different alternatives could have played themselves out.

Girl Scout years

But because I joined that troop I met Mrs. Hill’s daughter, also in the troop, who invited me to church, and at that church I met more friends, decided to “give my life to Jesus,” was baptized at 16, went off to seminary, got my first truck, moved to San Jose California, met my life partner, lost her to cancer, joined the UCC, was ordained, bought other trucks, moved to Seattle, bought a farm and a bigger truck, and was driving that truck on that road at that moment on Wednesday.

Sometimes those “moments” when our lives take such turns are not so clear. We aren’t even aware of what could have been. But I imagine everyone reading this can point to a moment, or maybe many, when it seems life’s path moved in an unanticipated direction and everything from that moment on was different.

I’m not sure what the point to these rambling wonderings is. I don’t think of myself as a “predestinationist” but I do believe everyone of us is destined for God’s love and grace. I believe God’s grace shows up in whatever alternate universes our alternative choices might create. I believe that even had my mother not answered the phone those decades ago, God would have found me and I would have found God.

That accident on Wednesday was scary. Clearly it has left me a bit shaken and reflective. I am deeply grateful no one was hurt. I know it could have gone very differently. All of us have had those moments when things have gone very differently, and we are left with grief and pain.

But regardless of how any moment, any choice, turns out, I also believe that woven through everything in life – the gratitude and the grief- is God’s presence (theologians call it panentheism), and God’s love, seeking me out, bringing me home.

And for that, I am very grateful.