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.

Church Council meeting summary

October 16, 2019 Council Summary

David reported
  • Erin Lovejoy-Guron will be leaving UCUCC, as she accepted a position as church administer at Ronald United Methodist Church on Aurora. We will celebrate her in worship on November 24. Friday, Nov 22, will be her last day at UCUCC.
  • St Luke the Evangelist Orthodox Church approached UCUCC to see if they could hold a Sunday evening service (7 pm worship; 6-9 overall) at our church. They are a very tiny group and will be using the chapel. They will use (natural) incense, and we’ll run the Chapel HVAC overnight after to dissipate it. This is an open and affirming congregation with a female bishop. David sees this as a good partnership; this is an in-kind use.
Futures Task Force Report

Council voted to receive the report of the Futures Task Force and to dismiss the task force with deep gratitude to the task force members: Co-chairs: Kathy Kripps and Pris Kloess; Steering Committee: Pris Kloess, Mary Kollar, Kathy Kripps, Becca McMullen, Catherine Foote (leadership staff liaison). Members: Carol Bryant, Tim Croll, Joan Davis, Mary Sue Galvin, Tim Johnson, Bart Klingler, Emily Morishima, Ellen Naden, Mary Jean Phipps, Margaret Stine, Denis Streeter.

Voted to affirm recommendations:

  • The present leadership structure including 3 pastors and a church administrator be reduced to 3 pastors, with search for a Business Manager to begin immediately.
  • Voted to appoint a church Business Manager Search Committee composed of: Terry Moore, Virginia Felton, Roger Garratt, Rich Folsom, and Catherine Foote, Pastor. Committee is charged to review and revise position description as appropriate, search for and find an acceptable candidate, and present the candidate’s name and credentials to the Church Council for approval. Moderator is authorized to expand the Search Committee if needed for balance, workload, efficiency, or other reasons. Committee will choose a chair

Council agreed to defer further action for one week to allow council members time to read the report.

Gathering Ground

Voted to renew the Spirit Workshop Convener Contract with Beth Amsbary for the calendar year 2020. Funding to come from the Spirit Workshop Revolving account, established by the Imagine campaign. Beth Amsbary reported some highlights of the program (now named Gathering Ground). 280 people attended the Carrie Newcomer concert.

The Gathering Ground Steering Committee is taking more initiative and moving towards becoming financially independent. A UCC national grant has been applied for, response pending. There are funds left in the Imagine campaign which will cover another year of operations.

October 23, 2019 Council Summary

To further consider recommendations from the Futures Task Force

Margaret Stine made a motion that council adopt a ¾ rule for this vote. With 12 voting members present, the motion would need 9 votes to carry. Motion carried.

The Futures Task Force report proposes:
  • a leadership team of three pastors, with one pastor also responsible for leading the team, helping the team articulate goals, objectives, and common understandings and expectations. This pastor would also have authority and responsibility to provide for supervision and evaluation of all leadership team members individually. This work is to be done in close collaboration with the Personnel Committee. All three pastors would have more specificity and authority in their designated areas of responsibility. Other detail for all three pastors was articulated in the proposal.

Following a lengthy and faithful discussion, the vote was called. The motion failed to pass by 75%.
Vote was 8 yes, 4 no, 0 abstentions.

Council members then joined hands in prayer and expressed our sentiments once around the room. The meeting was then adjourned.

Following the meeting, moderator Margaret Stine drafted a resolution to charge a Staffing Proposal Committee to develop a proposal that grows out of and incorporates information in the prior Futures staffing report, gives some additional definition for responsibility, authority, accountability, and the role of the Personnel Committee and Church Council. Committee will begin in November and report at the January council meeting — moving ahead with deliberate speed. Council will vote on the charge at the November meeting.