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.

In May 2022 our Church Council established the Asset Enhancement Task Force and charged it with studying how our church might enhance the many assets we have, including employees, buildings and land, and relationships. Clearly, our valued staff members are an incredible church asset.

Thus, the first challenge the Task Force addressed is the lag in staff pay levels compared to the rapidly rising cost of living and what employees in comparable nonprofits are earning. We recognize there is low unemployment right now, and applicants have many job choices. A pressing near-term issue is filling open office and custodial staff positions and retaining current staff. We greatly value our staff and believe that our congregation supports acting as a justice-oriented employer, addressing disparities in Seattle-area livable wages and income.

Current pay for 15 people on our Church office, program, and custodial staff (excluding directors and pastors) is at least 11 percent and as much as 43 percent below the market average rate for similar jobs. These same salaries are from 30 percent to 46 percent below the estimated Seattle-area living wage. This is troubling information. The value we place on justice, along with our regard for our staff, call us to action.

At the Church Council meeting on June 15, the Asset Enhancement Task Force brought forward a proposal to bring wages for these positions up to market levels and move toward a livable wage effective July 2022. Timing is critical given our current recruitment challenges for several open positions. The Church Council voted unanimously to adopt this proposal.  The cost of these wage and related benefit adjustments will not exceed $70,000 for the remainder of 2022.

Where will the money come from to make these adjustments?  Are you asking people to increase their current pledges?

We are not asking that current pledges be increased this year to fund these pay raises. The Church Council approved borrowing from the Council-designated General Endowment fund which has a substantial balance today, specifying that what is borrowed will be repaid, with interest, by the end of 2025.

In the best of all scenarios the Task Force would have recommended increasing revenues before taking on additional expenses. However, the current situation calls for immediate action. The Task Force is committed to develop ways to increase church revenues over time., including facilities income, grants, and the potential of a special fundraising campaign.

Long-term increased revenues are expected to both repay the advance from the General Endowment and fund more just compensation into the future. The Asset Enhancement Task Force is continuing its work to generate recommendations for revenue sources to live into this salary justice priority in the future.  It is envisioned that these recommendations will include:

  • Adjustments to how we use current assets
  • Additional funding through coordination with groups that use our facilities
  • Additional fund-raising specific to this purpose
  • An invitation to UCUCC donors moved by this salary justice priority to consider increased giving in future years

When will increased salaries and wages go into effect?

The Personnel Committee will decide individual adjustments in pay. The adjustments will be effective July 1, 2022. With respect for the privacy of staff members, we do not plan to share the specifics of either their current pay rates or the raises they will be receiving. No adjustments are planned for directors and pastors.

Has the Church considered reducing the number of employees to fund pay increases for those who remain?

Church leadership and the Personnel Committee have looked at the personnel levels needed to staff the numerous and varied programs our church is engaged in today, especially as we emerge from the restrictions of the pandemic.  We are excited to re-engage fully as Church and we have endured significant trauma over the past two+ years with the Covid pandemic. Thus, we believe that a staffing reduction right now is not advisable.  However, the Task Force will evaluate staffing levels as we look at our future, recognizing that potential impact on programs will need to be considered if staff positions are not filled or eliminated. The Task Force is inspired by a vision to enhance our church assets as we live out our Church’s ministry in 2022 and beyond. Questions?  Contact Personnel Committee co-chairs Joyce Jackson (joycefjackson@gmail.com) or Virginia Felton (virginiadfelton@gmail.com).

– From the Asset Enhancement Task Force and the Personnel Committee