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.

Our Mission: To cultivate opportunities through education and community-driven development in Rabuor Village, Kenya, and neighboring communities.

Our Vision: A vibrant, restored Rabuor and her neighboring communities offering new beginnings for generations to come. Value Proposition: Hope Has a Home Here!

In 2019, I signed on to serve on the Board of Directors for Mwanzo, and donated regularly before that, partly because I saw in this work the opportunity to make reparations in some way for the failure of our country to respond as a global citizen to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and other formerly colonized parts of the world.

Although the illness, later identified as AIDS, emerged in 1982, it was not until 2000 that the UN Security Council identified AIDS as a security threat. Only then did a robust response to help the countries most impacted arise. In the United States, it wasn’t until Rep. Barbara Lee, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, wrote a letter in December, 2002 to President Bush calling on the U.S. to take greater action to galvanize the global response to the crisis. The next month President Bush established the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and budgeted $15B over the next five years to fight HIV/AIDS. (https://hivhistory.org)

Today, we see the grievous disparity in access to Covid-19 testing, vaccines, and treatment between rich and low-income countries. For Africa, the aim of the WHO’s COVAX facility is to vaccinate 20% of the population by providing up to 600 million doses by the end of 2021. (https://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccines) Currently 1% of Kenyans are fully vaccinated, and 2% have received one dose. What can we do? We can stay informed about the progress of initiatives that the United States is backing, and continue to hold our government accountable to our cherished values. https://www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator/covax

Meanwhile, we continue to have the opportunity and privilege of sustaining the hope that we’ve helped to bring to Rabuor and her neighbors. While the challenges are great, our Mwanzo community has a track record of using resources wisely and creatively. If you have not already done so, please consider joining our Circle of Hope community by becoming a monthly donor.   ~ Lily Lahiri