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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

It’s time for our annual Offering of Gifts! Nine local agencies will receive Christmas gifts from our congregation. Some agencies prefer to receive gift cards only, while others are accepting actual presents. Below, you will find information about the agencies, their work, and their wish lists. You are invited to choose one or more of the agencies, shop joyfully (gifts should be new), and help brighten the holiday season for someone in need! On Sunday, December 11, bring your present(s) or gift card(s) into the worship service with you. During the time of offering, you will be invited to bring your gifts to the communion table. If you are not currently attending in-person services, you can mail gift cards to UCUCC, attention Vicki Farmer and/or contact Susan Ovens ( if you need to drop off a gift on or before Dec. 11. Please help us remove any barriers to your participation this year!

Please be sure that your present or gift card is clearly labeled with the agency name, and note that most of our agencies prefer unwrapped gifts. Clear labeling helps things to flow smoothly when gifts are being sorted following the service and will ensure that your gift gets where you want it to go. Also include applicable details such as age or clothing size if the gift is wrapped. Please see each agency’s description for specific labeling instructions.


ARION COURT, a property of LIHI, is a single-room-occupancy apartment building in South Lake Union for homeless men, most of whom are U.S. veterans. Arion Court would appreciate gift cards for Safeway, Walmart, Visa, Amazon, or major restaurant chains.

COMPASS HOUSING ALLIANCE has provided essential services for those who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability in the Puget Sound area for over 100 years. Today they provide services at 20+ locations with 24-hour enhanced shelters, day centers & hygiene services, and permanent affordable housing. Their holiday giving this year is focused on collecting $25 gift cards for Amazon, Fred Meyer or Walmart. 1,200 total are needed. Visit their website to view specific items they are seeking as well. Donated items should be unwrapped.

FRIENDS OF YOUTH is a community of care and support with youth and young families facing circumstances of homelessness, foster care, and behavioral health challenges. It has served our community for the past 70 years. Visit for more info! Gift suggestions include: sports equipment, sports jerseys for teenagers/young adults, winter coats (adult sizes), underwear, hygiene products, and gift cards to Amazon, Target, Grocery Stores, Movie Theaters, and Uber/Lyft. Unwrapped gifts are preferred. Please label gift with the agency name!

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE helps people in 40+ countries whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Since 1976, the IRC in Seattle has helped thousands of refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking in Washington. Some people served by the IRC report they are unable to supply enough food for their families, especially at times of major transition or crisis, such as moving, job loss or job changes, health emergencies, and other major life events. Gift cards to Safeway, Saar’s Super Saver, Fred Meyer and WinCo are the most popular with clients. Many gifts this year will go to Afghan families as they resettle in South King County.

MARY’S PLACE believes that no one’s child should sleep outside. They provide safe, inclusive shelter and services for women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness, and help to keep families in their hard-won homes. The women’s day center and five overnight shelters in King County keep unsheltered families together and provide connections to resources for housing, health and employment. $25 gift cards to Target, Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, or QFC would be much appreciated for families this holiday season! This year they are also accepting new toys, unwrapped, for babies, toddlers, and kids under the age of 10. You can visit for more information!

SOLID GROUND FAMILY SHELTER PROGRAM is a small program that supports homeless families with children while working together to find solutions to permanent housing. Our program has 10 apartments scattered throughout North Seattle. Thanks you for thinking of our families’ this Holiday Season. Your help means a lot. Our families are in need of groceries, diapers and gas. We find that Safeway grocery store gift cards work best.

TEEN FEED is an agency that serves homeless youth and young adults ages 13-25. The Teen Feed program provides warm meals to youth every night of the week and strives to create a safe and nurturing environment for youth to speak with volunteers trained in advocacy and referrals. Case management and outreach services are also available to help youth complete goals such as housing, ID and employment. Teen Feed especially welcomes Amazon gift cards. Other ideas include blankets, warm coats, sleeping bags, tents, rainproof gear, all-weather flannel/Carhartt brand. Please label gift with agency and contents.

TIERRA NUEVA is a multi-faceted ministry in Skagit County which is collecting gifts for children who have a parent who will be in jail over the holidays. Tierra Nueva will not only provide much needed presents that help relieve the financial burden on these families, but will also personally drop off the gifts so they can support and pray with the families. For children in primary and intermediate grades, soccer balls, basketballs, school supplies, and art supplies tend to be the biggest “hits.” Other gift suggestions include: warm coats; mittens; gloves; hats and scarves; toys (none that suggest a violent theme, please); barrettes and hair ribbons; books (Spanish-English if possible); games; and jewelry; and wrapping paper to wrap the gifts. Tierra Nueva prefers that gifts not be wrapped. Please label clearly with the agency name.

UCUCC Child Care Programs include a full-day year round child care and early learning program and Trettin Drop-in. We offer flexible full-time and drop-in care for children 12 months through 5 years old. The programs strive to provide quality care to families of all backgrounds and offer scholarships to those experiencing financial hardship. The programs aim to use toys and books that are inclusive of all of our families. We would greatly appreciate gift cards or items from our Amazon wish list.