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.

Last week I found myself searching for guidance from Jesus on bicycling . I was shocked he never mentions it. Biking was probably just too dangerous for him, what with those sandals and long robes. But think how much faster he could have spread the Good News with his peloton of disciples.

I am not one to give up easily when searching Scripture—unless I don’t have Internet access. If that’s the case, I will keep searching only after I’ve rented a crane to lift my Bible With Apocrypha and Concordance off the shelf.

I was looking for guidance on cycling because we were on vacation and doing a long bike ride over some pretty rocky roads. (I love that in an ice cream but not so much on a bike path.) ANYway, I soon realized that the best way to ride these roads with the least amount of pain, stress and consternation was to hold on to the handlebars loosely and to rise up a bit out of the seat.

You experienced cyclists out there are shouting, “Duh!” so loud my ears are bleeding. The thing is, this kind of riding is totally counter-intuitive. Everything in you is saying, “Brace yourself! Hold on tight! Squeeze, tense, be strong.” But when you “post” or unweight your butt there is so much less pain over the bumps and potholes.

This doesn’t mean you close your eyes and hope for the best. It means you keep focus, relax and float just above the saddle and keep pedaling. See where I am going with this?

All of us have ridden rocky roads in our lives; times when we were afraid and prayed not to crash. Sometimes we did crash. But we got back on and kept moving forward. And after a few times we learned exactly this skill: hold things loosely and lightly; float, unweight, keep pedaling. Pedaling, moving forward is important. Unless you’re a highly skilled cyclist who was born in Spandex, if you stop moving forward you fall.

If you know nothing about the Tour de France, let me just say two things. One is that no rider gets ahead without the peloton, the bunch of riders around them. Riders in a group save energy by riding close to other riders. Second, anything can happen in a road race: flat tires, rain, brutal heat, and .  .  . bystanders. Last year a bystander caused the entire peloton to crash!

This extremely challenging Tour de Church that we are on right now is testing everyone’s skill, strength and endurance. More important, it’s testing our capacity to love, to forgive and to hold accountable. But the good news is that we’ve been training for it!  As a community we have prayed, served, studied Scripture and worshipped together. We are the peloton. By staying close to one another we are comforted and strengthened so we can keep pedaling, hold things loosely and lightly and unweight our butts!

We are on a rocky, dusty, curvy road and often we cannot see very far ahead or around the bend. And although Jesus doesn’t say anything about cycling, Proverbs 3:5-6 does:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge God, and God will make straight your paths.”

So yeah, often we can’t see what’s around the corner. We can’t know so we trust.

Since I couldn’t get an appropriate remark from Jesus (comment below if you find one!), I’ll quote my other favorite guy, Bruce Lee. Yeah, I know, he is not considered the son of God. Still, can you argue with this?

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

 

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. How can you not love that? Water is not weak. He points out that it can flow or crash. Think of Snoqualmie Falls! There are times when we must be mighty like the falls and times when we must be soothing like a creek. Be like water, my friends.

And just for the record, I did discover a Biblical reference to bicycle road racing: Ezekiel 1:21.

“When they moved, the others moved; when they stopped, the others stopped; and when they rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for a living spirit was in the wheels.”

Sounds like the Tour de France to me.