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.

~Submitted by Lily Lahiri

When I first started attending UCUCC, I was delighted to learn of our church’s support for Rabuor Village. When Loyce Ong’udi returned from Rabuor, she shared the story of finding her mother caring for Natasha and other young children in her own home. The compassion of Rosemell, taking in and nurturing these little ones started us on our way to the establishment in 2012 of MEC (Mwanzo Education Center) which served at that time as an early childhood development center, providing nursery school services to children of ages two through six.

Over the years many of us have watched Natasha grow up and rejoiced to see her in our donor celebration video, as the Student Body President welcoming the entire student body, parents and guests to graduation, and leading her peers in dancing and poetry recitation.

Young Natasha is a standout leader in her school, aspiring to be both a pilot and a computer engineer. She is also a product of her community whose members are constantly initiating creative solutions to the myriad challenges they face. As such, growing up in that community, and being the bright girl that she is, we should not be surprised to learn of her energetic initiative to contribute to the efficient management of her school. As Student Body President, Natasha has enlisted a team of students to carry out many important duties in the school. The document above is a small segment of the spreadsheet she created and used as her notes to report to Teacher Erick Otieno. This spreadsheet covered a full page, front and back, with 21 students representing grades one through five, and the type of responsibility that each student carries. Each student regularly reports to Natasha who then shares their reports with Teacher Erick. She carries her leadership role with dignity and competence. I am so proud of our teachers and our students for working so capably to develop student leaders such as Natasha!

Natasha is a young scholar whose story many of us have become familiar with, but she is not unique in her passion for learning and leading. In 2021, she entered grade seven, and in 2022 she and her classmates will be in the grade eight class that we plan to launch at that time. It is the hope of the Mwanzo Board of Directors to have an initiative soon to build scholarship support for our graduating grade eight students who to be able to pursue their education through scholarships to secondary schools. It is my personal prayer that, having begun this good work with our partners in Rabuor, we will continue to press on, and this generation, that has suffered so much through the HIV/AIDS epidemic, climate change, and COVID-19, will thrive and fulfill our vision: 

“A vibrant, restored Rabuor and her neighboring communities, offering new beginnings for generations to come.”