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.

The Youth Ministry program at UCUCC had a wonderful summer! The events included youth programming at Seabeck, the Middle School Service Camp and High School Service Camp (new names for mission trips to reflect our events this summer). Our events had opportunities to serve others, and experience God in sharing stories, learning, connecting and playing together. The program is deeply grateful to the 10 adult leaders who gave of their time, energy and care in leading our youth program this summer. The youth (and families) are also so grateful for the congregation’s support both in monetary donations and prayers and encouragement.

About our summer service camps:

When it was clear that we couldn’t go on our previously planned mission trips this summer, we pivoted to create experiences we could do together via zoom. On the first day of our camps we focused on our call to serve others and painted rocks to inspire our neighbors and spread cheer and hope for our neighborhoods. The second day we made gift bags for folks in our UCUCC community (we made about 50). Then middle school made 80 outreach kits for Teen Feed filled with snacks and personal care items. High school made 40 back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies for children and youth at Mary’s Place. The final day we focused on learning about systemic injustice and how we can work to change the systems that oppress. We learned how to contact our representatives and did some writing of letters. On our last day for high school, we had a special guest Rev. Kelsey Beebe come to share about what the scripture tells us about our call to disrupt systems and we explored “righteous anger”. And then she led us in some yoga to restore our energy and gave us tools for doing this work.

I was struck by the ways these experiences had “ripple effects”. All the things we did rippled kindness and generosity throughout our neighborhoods, our church community, organizations we’re connected to and beyond. Another beautiful ripple was that my youth ministry friend in Montana had planned this same camp for her group at the same time as our HS group. So on the last day or our camps, they came to our morning opening program and we sang camp songs together. And then we went to their closing time in the afternoon and reflected on how we’d seen God in our experiences.

From one of our youth about their experience:

What stood out to me was the fact that I could brighten someone’s day just by taking the time to handwrite a small letter showing them that I care. I will continue to try to keep painting rocks (if I have time) and I will be writing to my representatives. I saw God in Mary’s Place, in the work that the volunteers do and how much they care about others. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate in kindness this week!”

Before quarantine we had raised a lot of funds for our summer trips and we are so grateful. All of the supplies for the kits and the backpacks were covered by those funds raised. Thank YOU church! Your generosity made all these donations and experiences possible. Thanks to the youth for saying YES to these experiences. I personally am so inspired by these amazing youth who care so deeply about this community. God’s love and call to justice shines through our youth! May God be present with our youth and families as they look towards fall and the start of the school year.

In Faith,
Margaret Swanson, Director of Youth Ministry