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.

I wasn’t raised celebrating Maundy Thursday, so the significance of it was lost on me until meeting the man who would become one of my key ministerial mentors, Rev. Howard Moody.  So I would like to quote him here…

As Howard described it: “Jesus knew this was their final night.  Jesus knew he was going to die, that the heavy hand of the Roman Empire was about to come down on all of them, and that all of his disciples were waiting for some kind of deliverance just like the one that came for their ancestors oppressed under Pharaoh. And I imagine that a plague, a burning pillar of fire, or any of the standard Biblical tricks would have done it. But in this moment Jesus doesn’t quote scripture, nor does he wait to see if God will send locusts, instead he casts himself as the agent of a very different kind of deliverance in his own unique Exodus story. In this version, Jesus is not content to defer to some all-powerful God up in the clouds at this moment, Jesus doesn’t wait for a battalion of angels to rescue him, he says that in this story, the sacred ‘I am that which I am’ is the God within me, and the God within you, and that God’s deliverance can therefore only be found in this: in the love that we have for one another.”

Now as tactical strategies of resistance go, this doesn’t seem to be a very good one. Jesus is betrayed and killed. So the central question for his followers, both then and now, is: what kind of deliverance, if any, is Jesus’ Maundy Thursday message? Is there something to it, or isn’t there?

Most of Christianity seems to say that there isn’t anything there – in sweeping past Maundy Thursday in a rush toward the crucifixion, or more often, the resurrection – the central mystery of Jesus’ Last Supper is de-emphasized and turned into mere window dressing.  For Easter Christians, the fact that Jesus is betrayed and killed like a common criminal is contextualized by a shared assumption that one day Jesus will come back with enough celestial firepower to smite everyone who was mean to him back when he pretended to be poor and insignificant.  For Easter Christians – the most important thing to remember is “Jesus is Risen,” because on some level the subtext is (“Jesus is Risen, and soon he’ll be back”).  In this way of thinking, the cycle of violence continues unbroken: oppressor and oppressed simply switch roles.  By making an execution cross the central archetype of the faith, a cosmic blood atonement mythology emerges that puts Jesus at the center of a new kind of Church Empire that one day becomes no different from the one that killed him.

But Rev. Moody literally took down his church’s wooden cross and made a communion table out of it, and through this symbolic act – by making Maundy Thursday’s table the center of his faith instead of the cross – he rejected all those interpretations of the Gospel that came long after Jesus died, and instead held fast to what Jesus himself said and did in his final act as teacher and leader.  This doesn’t pretend to offer us certainty – because real faith never can.  Instead Maundy Thursday invites each of us into an even deeper Mystery, where the truth of you, and me, and Jesus, and everything, are all revealed not to be separate things, but all part of the same thing, a thing that the mind can never properly describe or understand but which the heart can only know through the direct experience of loving one’s neighbor as one’s self.

By shifting our focus back to Maundy Thursday, we are forced to accept where we really are in the story… in the midst of it: unsure, unknowing, caught up in a cycle of sickness unto death.  One day before the event we dread, and three days before the event we hope for.  To look deeply at Maundy Thursday is to see through it until we can see ourselves, right now, wherever we are as we read this, countless lifetimes later, in the midst of the world’s living dramas, in the midst of our own fears, in varying states of acceptance or denial of the fact that we are all of us living in a state of emergency.

Because when we do this, when we acknowledge our vulnerability and our helplessness as individuals, Jesus’ “new commandment” to his friends begins to reveal itself as a different kind of profound deliverance.  Not as an intellectual “answer,” or even as a party-line that can be shared with others in little pamphlets.  But as a living, breathing gospel that can only be revealed between us, among us, and within us.  As an experience you can’t get by being loved by some far away God up in the sky, or by being right, but only by learning to love others – and to be loved – right here on the ground.