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.

My alarm is set for 4 a.m. but I wake at 3:55. It’s just as well, since the alarm would have alerted the dogs and then they would have wanted to come with me. So since I am now up, I switch off the alarm and tiptoe out of the room. I’m sure I don’t fool the dogs, but they don’t start barking either. They know it’s not “get up time” yet.

Still in my pajamas, I put on my jacket and boots and head out to the field. I am hoping to see the “super flower blood red moon” that is in the heavens this morning. In the Pacific Northwest, we never know if cloud cover will clear enough for us to see any sky events. But I am taking my chances.

At first I don’t see anything. I walk into the pasture where the sheep graze during the day and look in the direction I think the moon would be. I see a few stars, and the sky is getting light, so I can also see scattered cloud cover. But where is the moon? Is it hiding behind those clouds? Or those tall fir trees?

After scanning the sky awhile, I still don’t see anything but clouds and a few stars. I turn back to the house, disappointed. Then I decide to try the upper pasture. I just don’t want to miss this moment.

In this pandemic time I have found myself looking to the heavens more often. Last year I hiked out to my field to see the lights of the International Space Station pass overhead. And I spent several nights last summer gazing at the comet NEOWISE. I’m not sure if it is because I have more time to get up in the middle of the night, or because of the phenomenal experience I had in Oregon witnessing the total solar eclipse in 2019. Or maybe it’s just that in these times I am wanting to get as wide a perspective as I can on what it means to be human.

In the upper field I can’t find the moon, and the eclipse window is rapidly closing. I keep looking where I think it should be and there’s nothing there but clouds, with a few stars peeking out. I remember hearing that one of my predecessor ministers at my church, Dale Turner, loved to say to his cloud-covered PNW congregation, “Mount Rainier is there even when we don’t see it.” I take a bit of comfort in that. But still.

I turn to head back down the hill, finally giving up. Of course that’s when I see it. It just appears before me, like a revelation. It’s low in the sky and farther south then where I had been looking. It takes my breath away.

I only get to see this moon for a few minutes before it moves out of the earth’s shadow and sets. But those few minutes are enough to remind me that there is beauty all around me. The beauty of a super flower moon in full eclipse. The beauty of dawn with the eastern sky as it is now turning pink. The beauty of early morning bird song, in fall chorus.

As I walk back down the field there is enough early morning light to guide my steps. My guardian dog Giaco barely looks up as I come through the gate, and when I go upstairs the dogs there are also settled. I will get another hour of sleep.

I remember again that there is beauty all around me. Sometimes it’s covered up. Sometimes I’m just looking in the wrong direction. Sometimes I see it. And sometimes, it simply reveals itself.