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.

“Let all you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

A difficult trailI decided this summer to become a part of the Pledge Campaign Committee, along with Cristin Miller, Liz Gilbert, Joyce Jackson and Kyna Shilling. At one of our early meetings someone suggested that “Love in Action” might make a good theme for the campaign. But another person cautioned: “What if people hear the theme as Love Inaction? That would not be good!”

As you likely are aware by now, we went with “Love in Action” as our theme. But the comment really got me thinking and playing around with the words. Love Inaction. What did that even mean?

The meaning of  “Love in Action” seems pretty straight forward. Be courageous in your faith. Express your love of God in the actions you take as you see the face of Christ in those you meet along the way. Go forward cloaked in the love of Christ.

Sometimes, though, inaction might seem like the more desirable path. Self-doubt creeps in through the tiniest crack:  “What could I really do about world hunger? Why should I vote? It won’t make any difference. I don’t have the skills to contribute. [That other person] is so much more capable, persuasive, articulate, [fill in the blank] than I am.” Love Inaction is about fear and doubt—fear that we are not enough and doubt in our own faith.

But the thing about a church community like ours is that there is a place for everyone to take action, no matter how small—by their quiet presence in worship, their simple volunteer tasks like making coffee or serving communion, their service on a committee, their financial gifts, their warm greetings to others on a Sunday morning. All that is really needed is that first step toward love in action to begin the journey toward community and wholeness.

Iona churchAbout a year ago, I was part of our church pilgrimage to Iona. I arrived on Saturday afternoon full of joy and expectation. I wanted the time to bring me closer to God and to my fellow pilgrims. By Monday afternoon I was experiencing the first symptoms of Covid, and by Tuesday morning I tested positive. I spent the rest of the week in my hotel room feeling crappy, isolated, and yes, feeling sorry for myself. My fellow pilgrims were generous with notes and little gifts, but I was still missing out.

On the worst night of the fever, I had a restless sleep with vivid dreams—probably the closest I have ever come to experiencing a vision. When I awoke the next morning I felt calmer, and immediately wrote about it. Here is an excerpt:

And through the night, waking and sleeping, I wrestle with the angels,
Where am I going, O God, what is your plan for me?
Thoughts and images dart and weave,
Swallows moving above a barren field.
And in the night, mothering God answers,
“Your steps make the path, the path makes the way, keep going.”

There is also a song we have sung in worship that echoes this thought:  “Just put one foot in front of the other, and lead with love. You gotta put one foot in front of the other, and lead with love.”  Sometimes it is amazingly hard to just keep going. Discouragement, doubt and inertia are powerful forces. But fortunately, so is love. May it ever guide our steps.