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 – and 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.

Covid MoleculeI still remember the conversation, on February 29, after our Moving Mountains Youth Celebration dinner. News of the COVID-19 breakout in Kirkland was on everyone’s mind, and earlier that day the CDC announced the first known Covid-caused death in the United States, about fifteen miles from us. I pulled aside one of the medical folks in our congregation and asked about our scheduled worship service the next day, which included communion. I was the only pastor in town that weekend. Any decision made would be up to me.

Following the advice I got that night we did have worship and communion the next morning. We all washed our hands just before we served communion. We did not use a common loaf- only the individual squares of bread. But we did use a common cup in which to dip the bread. We encouraged people to “pass the peace” without touching, but as I looked out over the congregation I saw that some folks hugged anyway.

I do not remember what I preached on, though I could go back and check. What I do remember is your faces as I offered the benediction. So much seemed the same as always. And yet I do believe some of us sensed that there was an approaching storm, and we didn’t know what it would mean.

I remember the congregation filing out the back of the sanctuary in that line that forms as folks wait to shake hands with the preacher and other worship leaders. But most of us were not shaking hands. If we made any contact at all, we were bumping elbows, kind of smiling to each other in an “I don’t know if it is necessary to be so careful but I guess we should err on the side of safety.” I also remember some folks threw caution to the wind and insisted on a hand shake.

None of us knew it at the time, but that was the last time we worshipped together in person, the last time we sang together in the sanctuary, the last time we prayed together gathered in the same space.

Now it is a full year later. We have lost so much in the last year—including close family and friends who have died of Covid. We have lost others in our congregation and have not been able to have in-person memorials.

We have struggled. Parents have been suddenly faced with more demands than they could have imagined as they manage work requirements and family needs. Children have missed their friends tremendously. Seniors have missed graduation. Freshmen have missed the wonder of going off to college. Many among us have lost jobs. Others have seen their jobs become almost unbearably hard.

We have changed. Couples have gotten married in tiny ceremonies, babies have been baptized with just their parents and one or two other present. Members have moved away and we haven’t gotten to say goodbye. We have called a new pastor whom no one at our church has yet met in person.

We have grown. We have learned how to worship, study, pray, hold meetings, make congregation-wide decisions, have dinner together and go on retreats all on line. We have come to treasure the possibility that at any gathering folks might show up from across the country or around the world. We have discovered that God is with us even in the midst of this devastating disease.

We have seen even more clearly the brokenness of our world. The inequities in health care and economic security and the systemic racism that is a part of this nation have been stark and heartbreaking.

And we have heard anew the call of God to us. We have studied and shared and marched and spoken up and changed, as we respond to that call. It is the same call we have always heard, and one we will continue to answer, whatever our circumstance:

“God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Sovereign One require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)