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.

We gather as guests of the Duwamish people on their traditional land that touches the shared waters of other Coast Salish tribes. We understand that their identity and richness of culture are deeply connected with the mountains, valleys, waterways and shorelines that surround us all.
We commit to learning about the Duwamish, other indigenous cultures, and historical and ongoing oppression of indigenous peoples. We strive to nurture our relationship with indigenous peoples, especially our neighbors, by joining their efforts to work for social justice and to care for this land.

A land acknowledgement is a gesture of respect and awareness of the land and it’s history. It becomes meaningful when coupled with informed action that builds relationships.

To start us on the path toward relationship, we will be reading the above acknowledgment of the land our church occupies during the worship service each Sunday.

Personal actions to consider:

  • Find out whose land you are on, or have lived on at
  • Read about the first Thanksgiving from the Wampanoag perspective and the National Day of Mourning protest
  • Contribute to the October Special Offering for Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • Pay rent through Real Rent Duwamish as an individual
  • Visit the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center in West Seattle
  • Read Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and As Long as the Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
  • Read The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (2019) by David Treuer
  • Visit the web site of the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI:Smithsonian),
    and read Fall 2020 Commemorative Issue
  • Donate to the National Native American Veterans Memorial currently being built on NMAI grounds.
  • Visit the photography gallery and blog of Project 562, an effort to create a repository that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans
  • Learn about the indigenous movement for food sovereignty by streaming Gather (2020) on iTunes, Amazon, or Vimeo
  • Shop at Eighth Generation Store, owned by Snoqualmie Tribe, for authentic Native-designed art, gifts, clothing, and more
  • Donate to Chief Seattle Club and/or the Na’ah Illahee Fund to direct resources to local Native communities
  • Learn about the Chief Seattle Club’s new housing project ?al?al Home in Pioneer Square.
  • Read about the Na’ah Illahee Funds efforts to promote urban indigenous gardening and food sovereignty.
  • Listen to Changer: The Radio Play, Storytellers Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Klallam) and Fern Naomi Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) bring the Coastal Salish stories of The Changer to the radio-stage.
  • Hear Native voices speak about recent and current events at the Capitol. Dawn Knickerbocker (Anishinaabe, White Earth Nation) of Native Americans in Philanthropy and Lyla June (Diné and Cheyenne) on Facebook share their perspectives.
  • Try a recipe with local foods from Salish Country Cookbook by Rudolph C. Rÿser (Taidnapam Cowlitz).
  • Learn about Indigenous Feminism in this article by Jihan Gearon (Black-Diné) published by Stanford Social Innovation Review.
  • Visit or preview online the Seeds of Culture multimedia photography exhibit at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham.
  • Watch the 2021 Hoop Dancing World Championship sponsored by Heard Museum of Phoenix. (Available on YouTube and Facebook.)
  • Learn about Indigenous Feminism in Indigenous Feminism Is Our Culture by Jihan Gearon (Black-Diné).
  • Do you know where your electricity comes from? Learn about the impact of dams on the Skagit River and the Skagit tribe’s fight for removal and mitigation in this article in the Guardian, this article by Linda Mapes, and this Op-Ed by Nino Multos, chair of Sauk-Suiattle Indian tribe & Jack Fiander, legal counsel to the tribe.
  • See the Seattle Times article “Salmon People: A tribe’s decades-long fight to take down the Lower Snake River dams and restore a way of life
  • See this Seattle Times article on the approval by the WA State legislature to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington.
  • Read the article “Return the National Parks to the Tribes” by David Treuer in The Atlantic.
  • Visit Seattle University’s Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden to explore some of the native plants used by regional indigenous peoples.
  • Visit Chief Seattle’s gravesite & the Suquamish Museum in Suquamish, WA.
  • Read the article “Settler Fragility: Why Settler Privilege is so hard to talk about” by Dina Gilio-Whitake.
  • Take a walking tour of seven UW Campus sites highlighting indigenous presence on campus through the perspective of an indigenous student.
  • Consider participating in Faith Action Network’s Sign on Statement about Boarding Schools.
  • Read the book in An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
  • Read about the Methow Conservancy’s fundraising initiative to return land (Wagner Ranch property) to the Confederated Tribes of Colville.
  • Visit the Burke Museum and see the Northwest Native Art exhibit.
  • Visit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Refuge (south of Tacoma). Reflect while walking in this enchanting nature reserve on how crucial Billy Frank Jr was in leading the fight for Native American fishing rights.
  • Watch the documentary Dodging the Bullets (2018) to gain an understanding of historical trauma and its influence on indigenous people (found on Apple TV).
  • Have a meal a?ál?al Café in Pioneer Square. The café features indigenous-sourced and -inspired foods from the Coast Salish area and around North America. All profits benefit the Chief Seattle Club, which advocates for and serves houseless urban Natives. Visit their website to learn more about the origin of the foods served and about the Chief Seattle Club.

Creation of our Land Acknowledgment

The Land Acknowledgment Task Force was initiated at the Racial Justice retreat in October 2019 as one of several action groups. In January, Patti Brandt took on leadership of the Task Force and got the ball rolling. With the help of Nancy Hannah, a charge was issued by Sacred Earth Matters in collaboration with the Racial Justice Action Team. The charge outlined the tasks before us, many of which are described below.

Research included education about and a survey of land acknowledgments in use. Task Force members attended workshops, educational event, watched videos and read about indigenous peoples and racism. Early on, Patti Brandt and Cindy Wilson met with Polly Olsen, tribal liaison for the Burke Museum, about the process of writing a statement. After several months, three land acknowledgment statements were written and then discussed with both Sacred Earth Matters and Racial Justice groups. Using feedback from these discussions, we created a single statement.

Each member of the task force contacted local Native Americans to request feedback about the land acknowledgment. They advised to emphasize healing and action. With this advice, we revised to the version you have heard and seen during the worship service.

We worked with Pastor Catherine Foote to introduce the statement on the Sunday before Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October. That evening, we hosted a presentation and discussion about the Doctrine of Discovery and our experiences learning about indigenous history. This coming year, we will include action items in the weekly church email and host a forum featuring Native American speakers. In May, we hope the congregation will affirm the Land Acknowledgment Statement at the Annual Meeting. After this year, it is our intention that this will be integrated into the life of our Racial Justice church.

We have also advocated for and coordinated a Love and Justice Grant to Chief Seattle Club and Seattle Indian Health Board for COVID-19 relief in March, as well as the October special offering to Na’ah Illahee Fund.

The current members of the Task Force are Patti Brandt, Carol Nelson, Mary Jeanne Phipps, and Jessie McAbee. Nancy Hannah, Cindy Wilson, Barb Carmichael, and Becca McMullen also contributed at various stages of the process.

Native American Contributors included:

  • Samantha Biasca (Haida, Tlingit, Inuit) Program Officer, Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • Cecile Hansen (Duwamish) Chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribal Council
  • Ryan Miller (Tulalip) Director of Treaty Rights and Government Affairs, Tulalip Tribes
  • Polly Olsen (Yakama); Tribal Liaison for the Burke Museum
  • Bridget Ray (Ojibwe) Director of Strategic Partnerships, Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • Ken Workman, Duwamish tribal member