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 – and 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

View for detailed Google Map.

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.

Bruce and Julia are moving to Canada.  Rose sold her home in Seattle of 53 years and now lives with her daughter and her husband, their dog and a cat on a farm in “the far north”.  Anna left her job to pick up two new jobs in order to provide space and energy to do a reasonable job of picking up her primary third job of taking care of her parents!

All of them, migrating from what had been their “life” to a new life.  This year our congregation reflected on the journeys of preparing to leave home, leave-taking, the in—between, and the journey “home” – to where we begin again.

Bruce reflected on the long process of becoming a Canadian citizen – endless forms, interviews and questions – and now the process of applying for Family Sponsorship for Julia which as he noted “sounds so much better than ‘chain migration’ – for us it represents the completion of a journey not some sinister act.”

Anna reflects that the changes in her life have not been easy – It took five job interviews in eight months and being turned down for all of the positions before she found a job that fits.  “And no, it is not easy to balance being a daughter and a caregiver. Taking care of my parents is hard – we have gotten upset, we have fought – and we have good times as well.  There is joy in it as well,”

It’s a “strange country” where Rose lives now.  She gathers eggs from the chickens each morning, looks out her kitchen window across the fields to the mountain range beyond.

“There is a woods across the road from us and we hear the Cooper’s Hawk calling each evening.  The Barn Owls are flying in and out of the barns when dusk arrives – no doubt feeding their young.  If it’s still light enough, we can see them as they silently fly back and forth.”

Gene reflected that internally or externally all of us are making these journeys of migration all the time.  Besides the passages of life and stages of aging and the changes they bring, “There are the intra-migrations of learning, knowledge and wisdom, knowing self, social maturation, and the growth of spiritual consciousness, envisioning God’s Will and finding ‘the Way’.  There are also larger more universal, inter-migrations, including understanding one’s place within our historical family, tribe, culture and nation, comprehending Humankind’s role in the vast cosmos of God’s creation, and entering into the consciousness of being at-oneness with God that is beyond Self.”

Bruce and Julia reflected that every emotion has been present with their journey of migration with the exception of one – regret.   Instead, I hear from them that they have given themselves to life, to movement – to the unknown – to what is next.

I think on this turning to a new season – on my own and yours – where are we going?  How do we understand and discern “call”?  What enables us to say yes to go?  What makes us say no?  And what is the faith that we need to step forth as Rose said “leaving my home of 53 years, three daughters, her church, her wonderful neighbors and friends and stepping forth into a new life and adventure”?

“As I turned 65 and as we put together our “life plan” migration seemed to make sense,” Bruce reflected.  Is something “making sense” to you that you need to do?

Joel was on a routine drive home from work when he was side swiped by a car.  His car rolled and flipped and when the medics arrived at first they couldn’t find his pulse and assumed he had died.  Instead, Joel survived and was knitted back together over a long period of time and carries a story that has defined his life.  I don’t know how Joel was before his accident but today he is a man that exudes that “life is not done with me yet”.  Every day he seeks to live life to the fullest and reminds the people in this life to do the same.

Rose reflects, “I simply know that wherever I am, God is.  No worries.”  If we believed that – what difference might it make?  What choices might you make today?

I hear Bruce and Julia, Rose, Anna, Gene and Joel beckoning us all into the journey that is life – to risk taking a step forward into fullness and risk, joy and wonder, today.