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 – and acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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 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 Sunday when we gave Bibles to our children in our worship service, one of the three-year-olds squirmed in his mother’s arms. “I don’t want that book,” the child said Those within hearing distance laughed a bit.

Of course, this child was being very specific about the very specific book being offered. Standing in front of the whole congregation can be intimidating in itself. His older sibling had just gotten a Bible too, but that child got the “older kid’s” Bible and it looked different. And now someone was handing him this book. He wasn’t sure what to do and so he said, “No.”

For this preacher, who is always looking for metaphors, it was a profound moment of reflecting on my own faith. Yes, the Bible can be a tough book. There is stuff in there that is hard to read. Not only are there appalling stories of violence, the book itself has been used through the centuries to perpetuate violence.

But even setting aside that reality, I know that what the Bible asks of me in the positive, “love your neighbor,“ sense can also be intimidating. There are times when I too have wanted to squirm away and say, “No.”

I deeply appreciate worshipping with children. Their immediate reactions remind us of things we adults often miss. In that same “Bible gifting” service, my colleague Pastor Amy did a trust fall. (More information about how we are using a trust fall in our worship right now is in my blog from two weeks ago.) One of the children sitting in the front pew saw her fall, cried “Owie! Owie!” and had to leave the worship service, inconsolable. Again, the child gets what the adults might miss.

We know there was someone to catch Pastor Amy. In these trust falls we work hard to assure no one actually gets hurt. But that assurance might tempt us to miss the point that there are times when our faith calls us to a level of risk that involves pain. Sometimes we fail one another. Sometimes we fall and it is only God who catches us. Living out our faith can be painful and risky. That’s what our worship series, called “Brave!“ is about. And clearly, the “owie, owie” child got it.

Which leads me to one more time this month that a child in the worship service reminded me of the realities of my faith. Our call to worship at the beginning of our service is always led by a child. During our current series, the child leads us in a prayer: “Make us people of courage and faith.”

Except that two weeks ago, instead of “courage,“ the child kept saying “comfort.” Three times as the congregation said its part of the liturgy the child repeated: “Make us people of comfort and faith.” We could see the word in the bulletin was “courage, but we continued to hear a child’s sweet voice say “comfort.”

I kept wondering if the child would catch and correct the mistake. But it never happened. That day, as we prepared to talk about courage, we asked God for comfort too.

And doesn’t that fit as well? In my places of courage, I want to know comfort. In my moments of comfort I want to be led to courageous faith in action.

So my thanks today is for the way children lead us all, and both intentionally, and sometimes accidentally, keep reminding us what this sacred journey is all about.