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.

We begin a more hopeful year by highlighting one of our most helpful and long-lasting outreach efforts, The United Churches Emergency Fund. We are encouraged these days by the myriad folks working to respond to the homeless among us. To those many churches and other religious organizations, non-profits and a host of motivated individuals, we say, “Well Done.” UCUCC’s primary efforts have centered on providing a place for tent cities and monetary assistance and office space for UCEF.

This ministry began in the U District when a handful of congregations started working on common concerns, For 35 years we have been giving small gifts that assist in the payment of rent and utility bills and thus keep people housed. As UCEF counselors listen to personal stories, it could not be clearer that its work is a Godsend to so many who are not , or at least not yet, statistics.

UCEF’s role is crystal clear: to work on preventing homelessness in the first place.  With a $150-$200 gift to UCEF we can help a person keep his or her housing for another month or more, and to find the space during that time to line up a new job or other additional resources to stay housed.  Without such assistance, that same person may become one of those thousands who are homeless. When an person loses their housing, it delivers a heavy personal and family blow, even to the point of putting that person’s life in danger. It also costs society  $30,000 a year in public funds for every person who becomes homeless. So…you do the math: a $150-$200 gift to a person or family vs. a $30,000 social cost…including the damage done to the person and family. This is, indeed, a personal and social tragedy we are facing.

UCEF observes its thirty-fith year by simply carrying on, person by person, to offer a listening ear, the time and space to hear the story – to offer our neighbors in crisis the chance to experience a warm and accepting human being sitting across from them — who then can help with the right referrals, with bus tickets to get to another spot, with snack packs and hygiene kits, and funds to keep the roof they have.  Last year UCEF counted around 350 visits – all remote — representing over 500 people, including 80 children. During the pandemic, requests for assistance have risen nearly 50%.

We know our efforts can feel like a drop in the bucket of what’s needed.  We would like to do more, we would like to make our gifts more generous, and we would like to serve more zip codes than the four we have now.  But we can promise you that whatever gift you give to UCEF will be put to very good use. The stories of thousands of people helped since 1986 are testimonies to what can be achieved when we work together.