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.

Donkeys are having a big year. There was the donkey star in the movie “Eos,” the donkey named Jenny in “The Banshees of Innisherin.” And of course, a donkey is a co-star on Palm Sunday.

When I was kid, I was really more interested in the donkey than Jesus.  In fact, I was mad at Jesus because the donkey looked so small and Jesus looked so big. I asked my Sunday School teacher Miss Pat, “Doesn’t that hurt the donkey? If Jesus is so nice, why isn’t he walking next to the donkey?” Then I told her I was going to pray for the donkey.

She was smart and didn’t try to explain that it was a fulfillment of the prophecy made in Zechariah 9:9 that said, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” As smart as we four year-olds thought we were, I’m sure we wouldn’t have understood that.

But now that I’m slightly past that age, I deeply appreciate the donkey, a symbol of peace and humility. Jesus didn’t come roaring in, guns a-blazing on a giant stallion. There was roaring, but it came from the crowd. As a kid I thought this was like a ticker-tape parade—nothing but cheering and celebration. But now I understand that “Hosanna!” is not just praise, it is also a desperate request: “Save us!”

One of my first rotations as a chaplain intern was in the Cardiac Care Unit. My patient, a 66 year-old businessman was something of big deal. He was demanding and pushy with the nurses. As a wealthy,  Silicon Valley patriarch, he couldn’t quite believe that all his years of playing tennis didn’t keep his heart healthy and strong. He needed a new valve.

The cardiology team came in and said, “Good news! We can replace that valve.”

“Hurray!” he crowed.  He would have leaped out of bed to dance around the unit except he was too short of breath. But I knew his, “Hurray!” was just like, “Hosanna!” It was praise and delight, but also a desperate cry, “Save me!”

As the team was leaving I grabbed the sleeve of the medical student and asked, “How do they fix that?”

“Pig valve,” she answered. It was if someone laid a psychic fart. A cloud of silence settled over the room. At this point they had been using pig valves for over twenty years, so this shouldn’t have been a surprise to him. But it was.

“Pig valve?” he asked. “I thought it was titanium. Or, or—teflon or something.”

“Nope. Pig valve,” the medical student repeated. And she left the room.

He was silent for a couple minutes. I bet he was angry at not getting something high-tech. I bet he was going to call Somebody Big and complain. I bet he was going to start ranting. He finally looked up at me and said, “Let’s pray for that pig, shall we?” In those few silent minutes, he underwent some kind of transformation that I hadn’t predicted. He understood that he was going to be saved by the sacrifice of another. He was happy and a little bit sad. And I was reminded how much I had yet to learn.

There is almost always a little bitter mixed into the sweet. A birthday? One year closer to death. A job promotion? More work and more responsibility. A new baby? Say goodbye to Happy Hour with friends. Welcome to Jerusalem—crucifixion on Friday! As they say, “An ending is always a new beginning.”

Often in the midst of our triumph and victory we need something like a humble donkey—or a pig valve—to keep us grounded and grateful. So in our “Hurrays!” we can look around and see where our, “Thank-you’s,” should go. Who helped us get here? More important: who helped us become who we are? Has anyone sacrificed for us, in even a small way?

Of course it never hurts to pray for the donkey. But when our hearts are healed, then, let’s pray for that pig, shall we?