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.

Book Review
White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing by Gail Lukasik (2017)
Curiosity prompted Gail Lukasik to get a copy of her mother’s birth certificate. She was jarred to find out her mother was probably of mixed race. Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame when she confronted her, the author embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. Meticulously researched, this book offers new insights into issues surrounding the complex history of racial passing in the United States. The narrative is made compelling by Ms. Lukasik’s deeply felt emotional responses as she excavates her own heritage. When there are holes in the story she imagines a possible filler. This is a book which elicits much discussion among diverse audiences, adding, as it does, to our understanding of the ramifications of racism. It also affords us the opportunity to right our own responses to embedded American caste rules.

~ Review by Beth Bartholomew

Afghan Refugee Initiative
Under the auspices of the Love & Justice Ministries, the Afghan Immigrant Initiative is seeking to identify how to effectively assist Afghanis arriving in our country. Refugees need support in order to meet their material, emotional, social and religious needs.

Many of our congregants have expressed an interest in providing sponsorship for at least one immigrant family. That opportunity may well present itself, yet currently the majority of immigrants are undergoing the extensive vetting required by our government so have not yet been placed into our local communities.

We are fortunate that in our area there are several highly experienced and effective resettlement agencies and other resources that benefit refugees. These organizations are gearing up for minimum estimate of 1280 refugees that expected to be placed in the greater Puget Sound area over time. To say they are overwhelmed by the anticipated influx is not an exaggeration. At present (and for some time to come) their greatest need is for monetary support.

Since we can’t predict when and how our church might join others in sponsoring an immigrant family, we believe the most effective way to provide immediate support is by providing financial support to one of the experienced resettlement agencies. After studying several of these, we decided to direct our Special Offering proceeds to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). Please see the Special Offering insert in this issue of Church and Home to learn how YOU can make a difference.

Hunger Outreach
One of the things we’ve missed the most during the pandemic is our congregational monthly food packing events for the Emergency Feeding Program. Especially popular with children and families, we miss the conversations and the connections being made. Even the littlest ones in our community “get” that they are actively helping people who are hungry.

To keep those conversations going as a family, your UCUCC Hunger Outreach Action Team recommends checking out ideas from the “Hungry to Help Family Action Plan” published by the organization Feeding America, in partnership with Scholastic, Inc.

Read a story together about someone who experiences hunger then discuss what that person might be feeling. One suggestion might be the award-winning picture book, Maddie’s Fridge by Lois Brandt, which we have in our collection in the UCUCC Scheyer Library. Another is Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyANNE DiSalvo-Ryan.

If your family decides you’d like to donate food, you can reach out to one of our partners, North Helpline Food Bank in Lake City and Bitter Lake, or to a local food bank near you for contribution instructions.

Thanksgiving blessings,

~ Lisa and Bart Klingler
UCUCC Hunger Outreach Coordinators