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.

The Community Center construction continues. Looking forward with hope for its future use, our community members speak with pride of our second “garofa” (2-story building) in Rabuor.

This summer has been a busy time in Rabuor! In early summer, because they had qualified in March, our scouting boys and girls competed with 1500 scouts, and scooped up the second-place position at the sub-county competitions, propelling them to the Kisumu County competitions next. Our country manager, Jonathan Oluoka, says that if they had musical instruments they would have taken first place. We’re working on that!

Our teachers, as you may already know, keenly pursue their own professional development as they are able. Earlier this summer Carren Owino, Mollynter Awuor, and Margaret Otieno completed their programs and were awarded their Early Childhood Development and Education diplomas. Jonathan Aluoka continues his pursuit of his Master’s in Education – Special Needs. We heartily congratulate these exemplary members of our faculty.

More recently, Loyce has returned to Kenya, followed shortly by Pastor Amy, with Benjamin and Beau, who were received with hospitality by our MEPF Women’s Group! You may imagine how our professional catering group prepared festive local cuisine for these honored guests.

Our students from Budalangi, whose local school was damaged by severe flooding and who were then welcomed by our Mwanzo Wetu Center of Excellence Academy, are boarding in Mama Rosemell’s home and have received toiletry and other necessary supplies including much-appreciated mosquito nets for their beds. Their teachers have worked overtime to help them catch up and they are now thriving and full of hope, because of the love and care that they have enjoyed.

Due to the long season of drought this year, the need for new and larger cisterns became urgent. With the help of the Jonas Foundation, who assisted in funding the massive tree-planting program, two large cisterns have been purchased, received, and are being installed.

In the midst of these successes, many challenges are faced by our brothers and sisters in Kenya – from the worst flooding in 60 years that created thousands of refugees in Budalangi, to extended drought and war-related shortages causing food and other supply shortages. Thus, our gratitude for your prayers, friendship, and faithful support. We deeply appreciate your partnership.

Submitted by Lily Lahiri
for the Mwanzo Board of Directors