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.

Movie review by Jesus ben Joseph, AKA Jesus ben Yahweh

I really wish I had written this review right when, “Barbie” the movie came out. Why? Because I give it five Celestial Stars and in December stars are hard to come by. There’s a high demand because apparently some big event is coming up.

As Jesus, I related to this movie and to Barbie herself. Like her, I had to travel to the “real world.” And there I met people who didn’t understand me or even like me. It’s really hard when others don’t understand who you are or see you as somebody you aren’t. It’s even harder when they see who you are and want to kill you. But I digress.

Barbie knew her assignment and I knew mine. Hers was to fix the rip in the continuum that is the membrane between Barbie Land and the Real World and thus prevent cellulite. Mine was to bring love, hope, and peace to the world. Mine was harder. Although cellulite’s a bear.

Like Barbie, I too, had a group of men who followed me around, however they were not all named Ken. My guys had different names, among them: Matthew, Luke, Mark, John—Judas. (Don’t get me started.) Mostly my disciples loved me, were devoted to me, and worked hard to spread my message.

Another similarity: we both had foot problems. All those miles I walked in flat leather sandals—there’s no support! But better than Barbie’s high heels.

In this movie, Barbie has to leave the wonderful world of Barbie Land and travel to the real world. It is no picnic once she gets there. She is groped, leered at, disrespected.

Verily I say, same same! Coming unto you was brutal: the birth canal (so tight!), the manger (licked by a cow!), carpentry work (a miracle I still have ten fingers). All that before my crucifixion!  Even now, I get blamed for everything: the Patriarchy, the Puritan Work Ethic, Manifest Destiny. NONE of that was my idea. Sigh.

Another similarity: nobody believed Barbie could be in the Real World. One of the characters even says, “Barbie in the Real World? That’s impossible!”

They said the same thing about me, “God in the World? Impossible!”

But like Barbie in the movie, I came into the world with all its mess of pain and joy and struggle and courage and hope and love. And I’m still here!

At the end of the movie, Barbie doesn’t want to go back to Barbie Land. Instead, she walks off with Ruth Handler, creator of Barbie and tells Ruth that she wants to be human.

Ruth responds, “You understand that humans only have one ending. Ideas live forever, humans not so much. You know that, right?”

Barbie understands and replies, “I want to be a part of the people that make meaning. Not the thing that’s made. I want to do the imagining. I don’t want to be the idea. Does that make sense?”

It makes perfect sense. So as you enter the season of my birth, don’t forget to make meaning, to imagine the impossible! As I’ve said before (in Mark 19:26), “With God all things are possible.”

And see the Barbie movie—best Christmas movie of the year.