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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

Make a difference in the lives of those who face the connection crisis: people who want to cultivate meaning and community in this time of loss and re-birth. Meet the connection crisis with your pledge to the people connecting through Gathering Ground during 2023.

“Old views and habits of our world are dying, and we are losing people too,” says a regular attender, “I’m overwhelmed and uncertain, and also want to be part of the changes we need. In Gathering Ground we give each other strength and love as we hospice old ways and create new visions.”  Regular Attender

Gathering Ground is a place to “do stuff, reflect, and connect”. Planted by UCUCC six years ago, this independent ministry for spiritual-but-not-religious people has grown to involve 150 people each year in an annual cycle of programs: sharing practices of earth holidays, creativity, and justice-making. We share tools to take a journey inward to truth and a journey outward to the world. During pandemic, we moved online and found a new audience, as people struggle to make meaning in ongoing uncertainty. During 2022 we evolved our structure to be community centered in decision-making. During 2023 we will continue to engage folks both online and in person, bringing new energy, imagination, and investment to online engagement. It’s become clear that online space is mission critical for finding and conversing with our audience. It’s the peanut butter that maintains connections in between the sandwich of our other gatherings.

This innovative ministry is entirely supported by contributions: both from those who attend and from friends who care about the continued evolution of meaning making in our disconnected time. We invite friends of Gathering Ground to join a circle of support. Please join those who keep this vision for connection alive. Practice Jesus’ radical hospitality, making a place at the table for everyone wo seeks meaning.

Your support will underwrite our modest annual cost of $25,000, which includes a new Online Engagement Position for 2023. You may make a gift of any size now, or make a pledge of $25 – $2,000 to be fulfilled during 2023. Gifts and pledges may be made at www.GatherinGround.org, through UCUCC’s website (with Gathering Ground in the memo) or by mailing a check to UCUCC with Gathering Ground in the memo line.

Learn more about the campaign and experience a bit of Gathering Ground for yourself by:

  • Visiting our table in the Narthex September 11-25.
  • Attend an online Q&A on Tuesday, September 27, 12pm – 1pm. (Call or email for the link!)
  • Email Seattle@gmail.com or call 206-880-3641.

Our world yearns for transformation. So do many of our neighbors. Bless you for joining together, to forge connections in today’s disconnected world.

September Events

Pinwheel Crafting Kits

On Saturday, September 10, 11am – 1pm stop by the University District Farmers’ Market to get a kit and make your own pinwheel. What might actually be fun about this time of turning points & transitions? What wind makes your personal pinwheel spin? University District Farmers’ Market, 5031 University Way Northeast, Seattle.

Make a Spinner to Find Your Center for Fall Equinox

Lost in the whirl? Wondering where all that Equinox balance went to? Join us for a session of reflecting and crafting online on Saturday, September 17, 6pm-8pm. You’ll get a chance to make a Spinner: a cross between a fidget, a toy, and meditation tool! Best of all, you can make it out of simple items around your home. Join Julia Field and Molly Ebert to play with crayons and ponder what keeps you centered. RSVP here.