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. 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.

Close Up Photography of Yellow Green Red and Brown Plastic Cones on White Lined SurfaceWe all know that change is the only constant: after almost ten years with the same Leadership Team, we welcomed Pastor Steve Jerbi onto the Leadership Team in February as the Minister of Worship and Christian Formation. Catherine will retire at the end of November; a search team is already working to find a Bridge Minister who will become the Minister of Care and Outreach at that time. Another search committee is being formed to find a new settled pastor. We hope that person will be able to join us sometime next summer.

But wait! There’s more! Pastor Steve has submitted a request to Council that we change half of his portfolio: instead of being Minister of Worship and Christian Formation, he would become Minister of Outreach and Christian Formation. If approved by Council, the change would happen when the new settled pastor joins the Leadership Team; that pastor would be the Minister of Worship and Care.

Two years ago, the Futures Task Force finished their work and submitted to Council their recommendations, including for a substantial reorganization of the Leadership Team. Instead of the Team dividing their work and shifting duties as they saw fit, the new plan divided their work into three well defined areas of responsibility to help provide clarity, focus and authority for our pastors, and to align their work with the five Ministries of our church, while continuing our collaborative leadership team. This framework is working well—but it is no surprise that as the persons (and passions) of the Leadership Team change, we may wish to consider adjusting the portfolios to match. If we approve Steve’s request, the basic framework recommended by the Futures Task Force and approved by Council would not change, but primary responsibility for Outreach would shift to Steve, and primary responsibility for Worship would shift to the new settled pastor.

Council has decided to follow the procedure we established last year when Amy asked to change portfolios: we have appointed a Leadership Profile Team (LPT) who will interview interested parties and report to Council; we hope to have a Council vote no later than the middle of November, so as not to delay the search for our new settled pastor.

The Leadership Profile Team members are: Betty Spieth-Croll (chair), Elizabeth Dickinson, Mary Sue Galvan, Fred Heinrich, Roberta Hollowell, Becca McMullen, and Walt Puckett. Anyone with wisdom (or at least an opinion) on the question should contact Betty at bettys@seanet.com or any member of the LPT or of Council.