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.

Selective Focus Photography of Child's HandIn a time of division: speak out and act for unity

The Church Council of Greater Seattle (CCGS) is an ecumenical force for good in our region. For more than a century the Council has embraced all Christian denominations and many interfaith partners. It has also developed a distinctly activist character in keeping with the Pacific Northwest’s pioneering spirit and the Christian call for compassion. 

CCGS…

  • convenes and catalyzes communities and people of faith to bring our spiritual commitments of love and reconciliation, peace and justice into the public square
  • aspires to weave a world of justice through right and equitable relationships with one another, and to live more fully into the Beloved Community
  • breaks down barriers that label some as “Other,” convinced, instead, that there is a “We” within in which we are all called to participate; with strong emphasis on Immigrants to our region.

UCUCC was a founding congregation of the Council in 1919 (!!) in part as a response to world conditions following World War I. And now? Among other commitments 102 years later, we join with others in support of the Washington Immigrants Solidarity Network, welcoming and supporting those coming to us from our Southern border and getting organized to assist immigrants from Afghanistan.

In a time of confusion: believe, communicate and advocate

The Faith Action Network (FAN) is multi-faith, non-profit organization though which thousands of people and over 160 faith communities across Washington State partner for the common good. FAN believes the work of justice is part of our religious calling. Recent efforts include:

  • balancing our regressive tax code: Capital Gains tax and funding the Working Families Tax Credit o reforming the police: de-escalation standards, independent investigations, decertification/licensing 
  • addressing environmental justice and climate change: HEAL Act, Clean Fuels, and Electric Cars bills
  • protecting tenants: against evictions and for affordable housing investment in the capital budget.
  • promoting Immigrant rights: civil legal aid for undocumented persons and overtime pay for farmworkers. 
  • recognizing Native American rights and achievements: statue to activist Billy Frank Jr. will represent Washington State in our nation’s capitol rotunda.
  • comprehensive Public Health Districts and Universal Health Care Commission are supported.

For more about these key commitments see: info@thechurchcouncil.org and fan@fanwa.org. 

Reaching out to Afghan Refugees
Many of you have said that you would like to be involved in assisting with the resettlement of Afghan refugees. Local agencies report that Seattle has been identified as one of the key locations for resettlement. Before refugees arrive in our area, they will complete processes required by our government, so it may be a while before they arrive. Some folks have attempted to volunteer with local organizations working with refugees only to learn that “feet on the ground” volunteer work is premature. However, there are important ways to help now. Local resettlement agencies identify a crucial financial need. An influx of funds is required immediately to ensure that the complex and immediate needs of these Afghan refugees are met. In addition, some agencies are putting together kits to help families set up housekeeping. Very soon we will post information on how you (as individuals or small groups) can purchase items for these kits and where to deliver them.

We are grateful, yet not at all surprised, by the strong and compassionate congregational concern to provide assistance on behalf of those who have been living in a country with ongoing war. May they find peace and a warm welcome as they settle into a very different life.

Afghan Refugee Assistance
For more information about local organizations working with Afghan refugees, check out these websites:
Afghan Health Initiative, www.afghanhealth.org
International Rescue Committee (IRC), www.rb.gy/6gf3ht
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), www.rb.gy/uylzlw
Refugee Women’s Alliance, www.rewa.org