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.

 

Seabeck Book Club

Every Monday, 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Zoom
In November, the Seabeck Book Club will be reading Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West by Lauren Redniss (2020). Newcomers are always welcome. Contact beth.bartholomew.208@gmail.com or zoom@universityucc.org for the Zoom link. The book club will be on hiatus during the month of December.

Bible Study

Every Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:30 am on Zoom
Our Bible Study meets weekly on Zoom. The gathering includes reading the scripture together, reflecting, and sharing prayers. Contact zoom@universityucc.org for the Zoom link.

Prayer Circle

Every Wednesday, 10:00 – 10:30 am on Zoom
Join us for a time to pray together for our world, our community, and ourselves. All are welcome to attend when they are able. Contact zoom@universityucc.org for the Zoom link.

UCUCC Men’s Group

Tuesday, November 1, 6:15 pm, in the UCUCC Turner Lounge Join us for our usual soup and fellowship, followed by a short video for discussion. This group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month. All men and people who identify with masculinity are welcome!

Listening Series: To the Best of Our Knowledge’s “Ideas from Africa”

Wednesday, November 2, 16, and 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, on Zoom
Join Katrina Fitzpatrick, MDiv, on Wednesday evenings November 2, 16, & 30 from 7-9 pm as we listen to and discuss three podcast episodes focused on the cultural richness and the wisdom of Africa. Don’t have the time or resources to listen to a podcast? Not to worry: we will listen to each podcast during the first hour and then have a discussion during the second hour. Email office@universityucc.org for the Zoom link.

Racial Justice Retreat

Saturday, November 5, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Seattle campus and on Zoom
All are welcome to our fall Racial Justice Retreat, taking place in person at our Seattle Campus and on Zoom. At the retreat, we will be engaging in small group conversations on issues about which the conversers feel deeply. Zoom meeting link is in the weekly email.

A Service of Memory and Hope

Sunday, November 6, 10:00 am in the UCUCC Sanctuary and on Zoom, 5pm on Facebook and YouTube
Rev. Traci Blackmon (she/her), Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ, will preach for our service of Memory and Hope and Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear (she/her), Acting Conference Minister for the Pacific Northwest Conference will be our presider. Learn more about Rev. Blackmon.
At our annual service of Memory & Hope, we will light candles to remember members of our congregation who have died in the past year, and remember others as well.

Vigil for the Common Good

Sunday, November 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, NE 45th St & 15th Ave NE
Each month, we will stand on the corner near our Seattle campus to celebrate and cultivate the common good in the public space. Bring a sign of what you are standing for, or we’ll have some on hand. Stop by for 10 minutes or an hour.

UCUCC Church Council

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The UCUCC Church Council meetings monthly on the 3rd Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Guests are welcome to visit the non-executive session meetings. Email office@universityucc.org to request the link.

Gathering Ground Event: Q & A & Workshop on Cycles of Life/Cycles of Gratitude

Saturday, November 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Zoom
This is a special gathering to learn about Gathering Ground’s 2023 plans and join into a sample reflection on cycles of life and cycles of gratitude. Please log on with a cup of something you enjoy! RSVP here.

UCUCC Congregational Budget meeting

Sunday, November 20, 11:30am, UCUCC Sanctuary and on Zoom
Please plan to attend our annual budget meeting! Hear about priorities for the year and vote. The Zoom link will be available in upcoming weekly emails or by contacting office@universityucc.org.

Faith Action Network Annual Dinner: Pathways of Solidarity

Sunday, November 20, 4:30 – 7:30pm, Renton Pavilion, 233 Burnett Avenue S, and on Zoom
A celebration and fundraiser for the Faith Action Network, a multifaith, statewide partnership that strives for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action, especially advocacy at the state level. The Love & Justice Committee has sponsored a UCUCC table of 8. Contact Elizabeth Dickinson for a free ticket: dickinson@fanwa.org.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sunday, November 20, 5:00 pm, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St, Seattle
As part of our identity as an Open and Affirming Church and in a spirit of unity, we are invited to participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Join us in Decorating for Christmas

Saturday, November 26, at our Seattle Campus
We’re looking for volunteers to come help decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. Come join us Saturday morning, November 26 as we put up the greens and the tree, set up the Advent candle wreaths and the creche, and help with other decorations. Watch the weekly church news for details on how to sign up.

Superfluity Christmas Sale

Sunday, November 27, before and after worship in the Narthex
Discover what new Christmas décor you might take home with you at our annual Superfluity Christmas Sale! Our intrepid Superfluity volunteers have saved some wonderful items from the donations from last year’s Superfluity. Make sure to bring some cash or a check for that “must have” decoration!

Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm on Zoom
In August we began reading All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by renowned historian Tiya Miles, which we are discussing over the next few months. The book traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations Black women. Please join us at these monthly discussions on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Newcomers are always welcome. To get the link contact beth.bartholomew.208@gmail.com or zoom@universityucc.org.

All Women Extraordinary

Monday, November 28, 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Zoom
All women are invited to Zoom in for an informal hour of chatting and virtual dining. This group meets every fourth Monday. We plan to continue using Zoom, as we have expanded our group beyond the Seattle area. Please join us! Questions or mailing list requests, contact Christina Purdy pyrdina@yahoo.com or 206-697-5376.