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

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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.

Conference Moderator

I completed my second and final year as Moderator of the Pacific Northwest Conference at the Conference Annual Meeting – April 27-29. One pastor said “This was the best annual meeting I have attended in my 32 years in ministry here.” It was a good ending to my two years in leadership as Moderator. I took on this position with a commitment from the board to help lead into change. I celebrate that we broke through some of our stuck places and found new ways to meet and gather and step into a renewed focus for our ministry and mission – deepening relationship.

Sabbatical Coverage

I enjoyed ministry challenges and learning as I took on new responsibilities during David Anderson’s sabbatical this year. I enjoyed working more closely with Council, Personnel, and working with Wendy Blight, our interim administrator. Thanks to great leadership – Carol Bryant, Jan Von Lehe and Margaret Stine!

Continuing to Learn

This Spring, I was blessed by being able to attend a six-day racial justice training: Doing our Own Work – An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People, co-led by Diane Schmitz, our co-consultant for our racial justice initiative. I celebrate the great ministry with our Racial Justice Action Team leadership – Toni Higgs, Carol Hamilton, Gwen Sweeny, Rosh Doan, Ginger Warfield and working with our Racial Justice Consultants – Diane Schmitz and Cynthia MacLeod to lead trainings/conversations on race with UCUCC staff, Seabeck teachers and UCUCC church leadership.

Parish Care

I treasure the privilege of walking with members and friends of our congregation in “trials of the spirit and times of joy.” Parish Care Associate, Judy Strausz-Clement, provided such wonderful support for this ministry to Amy, Catherine, our congregation and me in extending our outreach and connecting our ways of care. We are so grateful for her ministry with us and miss her deeply.

Liturgical Art Endowment

Judy asked to be remembered through gifts to the new Liturgical Arts Endowment which will help our congregation continue to deepen and grow our arts ministry.  It has been a gift to work with artist-in-residence, Kris Garratt, writer-in-residence Debra Jarvis, Judy Strausz-Clement, Lori Vanderbilt, Carolyn Stark, Betty Spieth-Croll, Beth Amsbary, and Yale Lewis, chair of the Worship and Music Ministry to move this proposal forward.

Come for a Sail

Come for a sail with me this Spring or Summer for an hour on Lake Union, or join me for tea. I look forward to hearing what you have been exploring, learning, growing with this season.

In faith, hope and love,

~ Peter Ilgenfritz