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.

Faith is born and lives in song

 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God. (Colossians 3:16)

The ministry of music is a vital part of University Congregational UCC. With our long-standing choral ensembles at its center, our thriving program supports over 150 participants – a significant percentage of regularly attending members. We embrace both trained and developing musicians in both formal and informal settings.

Our congregation enjoys a 40-rank pipe organ recently refurbished by Richard Bond; newly renovated sanctuary acoustics; a Steinway Model B grand piano and a large set of Remo hand drums and percussion.

Mission

At the heart of worship services and fellowship gatherings, music is a central vehicle of prayer, praise, welcome and affirmation. In the spirit of memory, thanksgiving and hope, we sing, play, dance and drum with the belief in the power of the arts to inspire, affirm, and transform.

For the individual musician, the language of music is often as powerful as the word. As we present the vast repertoire of sacred and meaningful music—from Bach to Brubeck, from South Africa to New South Wales, from our own Christian roots to communion with others of different traditions–we learn to understand and appreciate various ways of playing, dancing and singing the sacred.

Music Leadership

Benjamin Rogers, Director of Music Ministries

Benjamin Rogers began leading as our Director of Music Ministries at University Congregational UCC in August of 2020. Benjamin grew up in rural Savanna, IL, and currently resides in Seattle, WA. Benjamin graduated from Western Illinois University in the fall of 2018 with a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Music Education and from Western Governors University with a Masters of Education in Learning and Technology in January 2021.

Outside of their work at University Congregational UCC, Benjamin is the Director of Bands at Cougar Mountain Middle School in Issaquah, WA. Previously, Benjamin taught as the Director of Choirs at Liberty Middle School in Spanaway, WA. As part of their work as a choir director, Benjamin earned the distinction of being named a 40 Under 40 Educator by Yamaha in 2022. Benjamin is an escape room enthusiast, enjoys hiking, creating music, and spending time with his cat, Daphne.

David Nichols, Organ and Keyboards

David has been organist at University Congregational UCC since 2008. His watchword is versatility. David’s first teacher, a graduate of Boston Conservatory, started him at age five on the usual study of Bach, Beethoven, and the other great classical composers. By the end of high school, he was playing styles from classical to musical theater to jazz and rock. Meanwhile, he was playing piano and organ at church and singing in the choir with directors and organists including B. R. Henson and Emmet Smith, both from the faculty of Texas Christian University. He has studied organ with Dr. Linda Raney, a graduate of Indiana University, and has attended workshops with other prominent organists. David is currently the Treasurer of the Seattle chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Along the way, David added gospel and other contemporary styles to his repertoire. Drawing on this varied background, he developed his own ways to highlight the progression of ideas in hymns.  One of David’s specialties is in creating inventive duets for piano and organ – which he plays by recording the organ part and performing the piano part live. David is influenced by organist and composer David Cherwien, author of “Let the People Sing!” This influence shows in David’s exceptional leadership from the organ, and the confident and joyful singing of the congregation.

Interested in joining us?

If you are interested in joining a vocal ensemble or would like to explore other opportunities to join in music-making, please phone the office. (206-524-2322). The opportunities below offer details about various opportunities that might be of interest. Click on the plus sign (+) at the right of each title to open that section and learn more.

Chancel Choir

picture of the chancel choir in choir room in flannel shirtsMembers of the University UCC Chancel Choir sing together, support each other through joys and sorrows and often form deep and lasting friendships. The choir generally provides music for worship three Sundays per month from September to June. The Chancel Choir rehearsals are held Thursday evenings in the Sanctuary. Music is learned at rehearsals, and many members practice their parts on their own time as well.  

New choir members are very welcome! A formal audition is not required, though it is often helpful to meet with Benjamin to review vocal range and musical background. The ability to read music is helpful but not required – nor is experience with recording or computers.

To access Chancel Choir Resources, please click here.

 

Children's Choir

The Children’s Choir sings three or four times a year in service and practices before service from 9 to 10 am. Rehearsals are held for several weeks ahead of the Choir singing for a church service.

The choir is directed by Rachel Teigen Bracket, an experienced elementary school music teacher and church member. If you are interested in introducing your child to vocal music through this entry-level music experience, please call Rachel at 206-234-5025 or email her at rachelteigen@gmail.com.

Viriditas

(Currently on hiatus) Viriditas is a women’s choir ideal for those whose busy schedules do not allow for weekly choir practice. Viriditas sings three or four times a year. Practices are often after church services in the choir room for two or three weeks preceding a service that Viriditas takes part in.  Interested? Email Benjamin Rogers, Director of Music Ministries, at MusicDirector@UniversityUCC.org.

Sacred Groove Drum Ensemble

Do you enjoy rhythm and enjoy tapping your feet to the beat. Perhaps the Sacred Groove Drum Ensemble is for you. University UCC’s drums are often used in worship, and ensemble members get together ahead of time to learn the music and practice. Interested in drumming with the group? Email Director of Music Ministries, Benjamin Rogers, at MusicDirector@UniversityUCC.org.

Fellowship of the Ringers Hand Bell Choir

Bell Choir Rehearsing in SanctuaryUniversity UCC owns a fine collection of hand bells, which are often an important part of our service music. The Fellowship of The Ringers features as many as 20 members and performs regularly, both augmenting pieces sung by the Chancel Choir and providing pieces written for hand bells alone. The hand bell choir is currently directed by church member and Artist in Residence Nadine Santo Pietro. Prior experience with hand bells is welcome but not required.

Interested in exploring membership in the hand bell choir? Contact Nadine by email, LiturgicalArts@universityucc.org

 

Recorder Renaissance, UCUCC's Recorder Ensemble

ucucc recorder ensemble performing in sanctuaryRecorder Renaissance is an informal recorder ensemble for intermediate-level recorder players. Membership is currently at four players. Practice schedules vary, depending on members’ schedules. The ensemble comprises a range of recorder types, from bass to sopranino, and plays a range of music, from Renaissance and Baroque pieces written expressly for recorders to modern pieces arranged and transcribed by our members. The group generally participates in at least two services per year during March, National Recorder Month, and during the Chancel Choir’s summer hiatus.

Interested in joining Consort Spiritus? Call or email Virginia Felton (206-979-7539 or virginiadfelton@gmail.com)

Other Opportunities for Music-Making

University UCC welcomes participation by musicians at all levels and abilities. Instrumental and vocal soloists often provide music in worship during the summer, and opportunities for instrumentalists arise frequently. If you are interested in participating occasionally in music at University UCC, please contact Director of Music Ministries, Benjamin Rogers, at MusicDirector@UniversityUCC.org.

the hallelujah chorus being sung at easter
childrens choir singing at pageant 2022