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.

We gather as guests of the Duwamish people on their traditional, unceded 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
  • 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.

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