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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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 Christmas story! I cannot relate to anyone in it!”

I overheard this at Costco the other day and tried to peek past cases of olive oil and jars of truffle carpaccio—“delicious on eggs!”—to see who was speaking. But the shelves were too full and the aisle was crowded. I gave up and instead grabbed me a jar of those truffles and contemplated the next day’s breakfast. I also asked myself,  “Who can we relate to in the Christmas story?”

Joseph immediately popped into my head—a  man who literally followed his dream. After Jesus was born, God spoke to him in a dream and said, “Flee!” Joseph followed that inner voice even though it must have seemed ridiculous at the time. He and Mary hadn’t been in Bethlehem that long and now they’re supposed to go Egypt? On the strength of a dream?

Why can we relate to him? I think almost everyone, at least once, has followed their inner voice. And I bet we’ve all felt like refugees at one time or another. Some of us left situations to literally save our lives. Others of us left to save our integrity, to save our sense of self, to save our dreams.

We have fled meaningless jobs, abusive relationships, dangerous neighborhoods. We have left behind addictions, grudges, negative attitudes, self-pity. We’ve all  been refugees from the land of grief and sorrow. And often we fled, not knowing exactly where we were going or what we would find there. We just knew we had to go.

The Joseph Journey is an ongoing one for all of us. We have to ask ourselves all the time, “What are my dreams telling me? Who is the indwelling Spirit calling me to be? Where in my life, do I need to pack up and move on?”

This week is a perfect time to reflect on those questions because in a way, we’ve been in “advent” for almost two years. “Advent” from the Latin adventus meaning “coming.” We’ve waited for the coming vaccine; for the coming treatment; for the coming end of the pandemic. For some people COVID has been a gift because the lockdown gave them time to ponder and dream.  Many listened to that inner voice and left their stultifying jobs.

I was thinking hard about Joseph as I pushed my basket out of Antarctica AKA the Produce Section of Costco. Straight in front of me was an enormous (it couldn’t be otherwise) display of pomelos. What the heck? Pomelos are grapefruits who have been working out and taking steroids. They are absurdly large–the size of basketballs. I found them horrifying.

I can only guess that the infant in the basket on the other side of the display had the same reaction. She opened her little rosebud of a mouth and let out a piercing scream that hurt my eyes.

I get this! I often feel like a tiny baby at Costco. Everything is so BIG and there’s so much of it. There are so many people. Usually I just whimper quietly but I often feel like shrieking! I gave the baby a sympathetic nod and quickly moved away because she kept screaming and even the pomelos were wincing.

And that is when the Baby Jesus popped into my head. Maybe it’s not so much that I identify with him as I aspire to be the Baby Jesus. Yes, not the adult, but the baby and here’s why.

If we are to be the Baby Jesus, then we are being vulnerable which includes accepting love and care from others. It’s so hard for us to do this because we are adult Americans! We’re all about self-sufficiency and independence and personal power and productivity. Who could be less independent and self-sufficient than a baby?  And unless you count diapers, babies are not real productive.

Notice I didn’t include “powerless,” because we know that they have the power to make us get up every two hours. Or move away from the pomelos. So babies are not without power. What I’m saying is that as the Baby Jesus, we are called to be vulnerable and open with another.

Have you ever noticed how when you meet someone new or even run into a friend, there is no real connection made unless you are vulnerable with one another? Remember in the Before Times when we’d go to a holiday party and meet a new person? Often they would give you their resumé: where they went to school, where they work, their job title, how long they’ve been there. Often it’s because we ask the usual question, “What do you do?”

That’s not what the Baby Jesus would ask. He’d ask, “What gives you joy in your life right now?” “What was your biggest surprise this week? Who made you laugh today?” Those questions ask the other person to be a little vulnerable.

On the other hand, when you ask a Baby Jesus question you are vulnerable too! Because the risk is that the other person will think, “Who is this woo-woo touchy feely, half-baked Dr. Phil wannabe?” But probably not. So we ask a Baby Jesus question and then we listen.

And when we are really listening to one another, that is when we are bearing Light. Others in our presence will sense it. Perhaps it won’t be exactly like those Christmas cards that have light coming out of the manger as if Baby Jesus swallowed a light bulb. But maybe!

So this week let’s think about Joseph and following our dreams and listening for God’s voice. (Of course we are always learning how to trust.)  And can we be  the vulnerable light-filled Baby Jesus and bring love and joy and peace to the world? Yes, we can!

Pro Tip: Avoid pomelos and stay out of Costco.