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.

February 14th-March 31st (Easter Sunday)

About this series:? 

Whether it happens through giving something up or through adding something new, Lent is a time when we are trying to turn something around. This might take different forms: a turn back to something, to turn away from something, to turn toward something new, or just being open to a new kind of conversion. But at the heart of any turning is the acknowledgment that our path and direction must change.

In this recognition there is often grief, but sometimes also surprise and even joy. A whole host of emotions can come up when we realize that “The Plan,” is actually just “A Plan” (and there may in fact be a whole host of other plans and other ways of being). But in each “a-ha” moment, a moment of forgiveness is also required, because a change in direction is always disruptive of something. That forgiveness might be something we need to give someone else; it might be something we need to receive, or it could be a collective act we all need to participate in for a shift to happen.

In this season of Lent, we will be looking at some of those critical moments in the Bible where a character faces or endures the unexpected. And as we notice their response, let us be open and curious about what it brings up for ourselves and our community. We’ll reflect on where and how God teaches us not through supporting our planned and habitual responses, but through those surprises and disruptions that demand a “Plan B.”

Spiritual Practice for Lent:

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat argue that there are three kinds of forgiveness, all interrelated: “There is self-forgiveness, which enables us to release our guilt and perfectionism. There is the forgiveness we extend to others and receive from them, intimates and enemies alike. And there is the forgiveness of God that assures us of our worth and strengthens us for this practice.”

Considering this, what kind of forgiveness is needed in your life currently? What is the perceived cost of that forgiveness, or what will be required to change for a
second chance to occur?

Music in Worship

February 4 – On this first Sunday in February, our Chancel Choir is celebrating Black History Month and sharing a beautiful communion tune set by Victor C. Johnson called “Share the Table.” “Come share the table, Hope is restored. Here we are family, one in the Lord.” Victor C. Johnson is a Texas-based composer, clinician, and Minister of Worship and Arts.

February 11 – In this service, the choir will be offering two pieces – “Lead With Love” by Melanie DeMore and “Songs of the People” by Michael Sederquist. Melanie DeMore is a three time Grammy nominated singer/composer, choral conductor, music director, and vocal activist. “Songs of the People” is a text by Frances Ellen Watkins, a poet, fiction writer, journalist and activist born in Baltimore. Frances Ellen Watkins embarked on a career as a traveling speaker on the abolitionist circuit, and earned her reputation is the mother of African American journalism as she wrote for anti-slavery newspapers, all while helping slaves escape through the Underground Railroad.

February 18 –  In our service on the 18th, we will have Eddie Nicholson, who has shared with UCUCC on multiple occasions, including a service last February and as the violist for the Chancel Choir’s collaboration with FCCB last June of Considering Matthew Shepard: A Choral Suite. Eddie Nicholson can be seen performing with the Queen Anne String Quartet or alongside Jose Iniguez of Encanto Arts, as well as guest performing in the Puget Sound area. Eddie currently sits on the board of directors with Encanto Arts as the Director of Musical Talent. In his free time, Eddie enjoys performing collaborative Dubstep music with local DJ’s and other musical artists in and around Washington State.

February 25 – During our last service of February, the choir will be offering two pieces: “Benediction at God’s Acre” by Gwyneth Walker and “Pie Jesu” by Victor Johnson. The text for Gwyneth Walker’s piece is a very familiar prayer from the Sarum Primer that leads with the text “God be in my head, and in my understanding.”

February 4
Penumbra of Grace: Redeeming the Shadow
Preacher: Rev. Amy Roon
1 Corinthians 13:8-13

February 11 – The Transfiguration of Jesus
Living in the Light of Penumbra: Integrating the Shadow
Preacher: Rev. Michael Ellick
Mark 9:2-9

Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday
Rev. Amy Roon, officiant
Isaiah 58:1-12

Second Chances: Promises, Promises
Preacher: Rev. Amy Roon
Gen 9:8-17

February 25
Second Chances:?For the sake of the Gospel
Preacher: Rev. Michael Ellick
Mark 8:31-38