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
To further explore and develop our ideas of ourselves in relation to the gifts of Sacred Earth we will be reading The Seed Keeper, a novel by Diane Wilson, from 9/19-10/17. Newcomers are always welcome. Newcomers are always welcome. Contact beth.bartholomew.208@gmail.com or zoom@universityucc.org for the Zoom link.

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.

Vigil for the Common Good

Sunday, October 2, 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.

Worship and Celebration of our Visiting Theologian Program

Sunday, October 2, 5:00 pm at the Seattle campus and live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube
Join us for a special worship service as we mark the end of the 2021-2022 visiting theologian program with Rev. Yolanda Norton. This service will have musicians from Global Arts and Theology Experience (the group that holds the Beyoncé Mass). Rev. Norton will preach.

UCUCC Senior Retreat

Monday, October 3 – Tuesday, October 4, Rainbow Lodge
The senior retreat, for adults 55 and over, will occur at Rainbow Lodge in North Bend on Oct 3rd and 4th. The cost of the retreat is $160. We are delighted to welcome David Anderson and Tim Devine as our leaders for the event. Their title is “Home: What is Sacred, or Healing, or a Place of Pilgrimage?” There are still some rooms available but sign up soon if you hope to attend. Register here. There is a Senior Retreat table in the Narthex after the worship service or information can be obtained by emailing Klockars@uw.edu.

UCUCC Men’s Group

Tuesday, October 4, 6:15 pm, in the UCUCC Turner Lounge Join us for our usual soup and fellowship, followed by a short video for discussion. All men and people who identify with masculinity are welcome!

Gathering Ground Event: Introduction to Dia de los Muertos

Sunday, October 16, 7-9 pm, at University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle
Sunday, October 23, 3-5 pm on Zoom

Learn about the moving practices of the Mexican fiesta, the Day of the Dead, from Rene De Los Santos. He shares this powerful tradition of how to honor those who have passed on but are still important in your life. On 10/16 we’ll celebrate in person at University Heights Center, and on 10/23 we’ll celebrate online over Zoom.

Racial Justice Book Club

Tuesday, October 18, 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. Newcomers are always welcome. To get the link contact beth.bartholomew.208@gmail.com or zoom@universityucc.org.

UCUCC Church Council

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Zoom
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.

UCUCC Men’s Weekend Gathering

Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23, Pilgrim Firs
Join other men from the church for some time together at Pilgrim Firs. We’ll have fellowship and relaxing time around the lake, creating an “upper room” for exploring men’s spirituality. Pastor Steve will lead a session on Saturday morning, exploring how we commune with nature, with each other, and with God. All men and people who identify with masculinity are welcome. Learn more.

All Women Extraordinary

Monday, October 24, 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Zoom
All women are invited to Zoom in for an informal hour of chatting and virtual dining. Every fourth Monday 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 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.