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.

It has been an interesting year. An interesting seven months. An interesting month. And next week promises to be an interesting week. And I’m using “interesting” in the sense that the word can be understood more as a curse than a blessing.

Here in Washington State, my ballot has already been dropped, received and counted. I remember first moving to this “vote by mail” state and missing the ritual of showing up Election Day at my polling place, filling out my ballot in a curtained booth, handing it to an election official, and receiving in return a little “I voted” sticker to wear the rest of the day. Today, however, I am exceedingly grateful to those who made voting so accessible here in Washington State. My ballot arrived, unsolicited, in the mail. At my dining room table I researched the candidates and issues and filled in all my choices. While running other errands last weekend I stopped at a nearby drop box and turned it in. And with on-line tracking, I now know it has been received, accepted, and even counted.

In the meantime, family and friends in other states are telling me about their experiences. My nephew in Texas said of his early voting, “In and out in 10 minutes.” A friend who lives in the same city reported waiting 2 hours and 7 minutes. Then she said, “If I can do it, so can you.”

Day by day I’m hearing from folks. “I voted.” Or I’m hearing a commitment to do whatever it might take to vote on Tuesday.

Thank you, voters. This year as we have recognized the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, and recognized in that celebration the fact that access to the ballot continued to be blocked for women (and men) of color for decades through “legal” harassment and concerted efforts at voter intimidation, suppression, and terror. Though tempered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, disenfranchisement has come roaring back in our 21st century U.S.A.

So folks in my congregation have joined others across the nation reaching out and encouraging people to vote. We have written letters, sent postcards, made phone calls, and sent texts. Thank you

And just this morning I heard a young person on the radio say “I didn’t know how. I didn’t know it mattered. But now I know. I know that people worked hard to keep my ancestors from voting, and my ancestors sacrificed much to get the right to vote. Now that I know, I will do whatever it takes. I vote because they couldn’t. Now I vote because they gave so much so that I could.”

So this post today is dedicated to one thing. VOTE. If you can, vote. And by “if you can,” I mean if you are eligible, do whatever it takes to cast your ballot. Learn whatever you need to know. Get to wherever you need to go. Stand in whatever line must be stood.

Whatever we have to face after the election, interesting or not, let’s face it knowing we did what it took before the election to make our voices heard.