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.

Planned Giving at University Congregational UCC

What is your legacy?

As God’s people we are called to faithful stewardship of our gifts, our relationships, our assets, and our world. For many, being a good steward includes financial and estate planning to provide for our families, loved ones, and the future of organizations that have nourished and shaped us. Join with others who have made a meaningful gift that will continue to support the church for generations to come.

A planned gift is an expression of your values and a commitment to the future of an organization that you love and cherish. A planned gift can take a number of forms. These donations of cash, stocks, or other assets are pledged during your lifetime, and gifted to the church after your death.

Your options for planned giving

There are many ways to support the church, each with its own set of requirements and advantages:

  • A Bequest is a gift to the church made through your will or trust. Your bequest can grow the general endowment, or you can make a designated gift to support a specific ministry of UCUCC. You can also create your own endowed fund, or request that your gift be applied to the area of greatest need. Download our UCUCC Bequest Intention Form.docx .
  • Your tax-deductible contributions to a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) can be distributed to the church.
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions: If you’re 70.5 or older, you can make a gift to UCUCC directly from your IRA and avoid paying taxes on this distribution. If you’re 73 or older, your QCD gift can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD).
  • When you use appreciated securities (stocks that have increased in value) to make your gift to the church, you’ll be eligible for an immediate tax deduction for the fair market value and avoid capital gains taxes.
  • You can name UCUCC as the beneficiary on your life insurance policy.
  • Multiple donors can contribute to a managed fund, and the earnings can be distributed based on your share. This pooled income fund may enable you to save on capital gains tax through itemized tax deductions.
  • Other deferred assets such as IRA funds, stocks, insurance benefits or property may be gifted to the church at the time of your death.

We strongly recommend you speak to your legal and financial advisers to support your vision and values through your assets.

“I came to the UCC in 1948 purely by accidental circumstance and I am glad to be here. The church means a lot to me and I want it to be here for generations to come.”

~Muriel Saunders

A snapshot of planned giving here at our church

Our church has been blessed with a cloud of witnesses who believed in the future of UCUCC and whose foundational gifts left a legacy that supports the church today. We currently have $3,000,000 in our permanently restricted endowments, which includes the general endowment and donor-designated endowments whose bequest included a specific vision for the their gift.

An additional $2,000,000 is part of the Phyllis & Ralph Swanson Memorial Endowment for Children and Youth. The Swanson’s love for our children and families left a legacy that supports our Christian Formation staff and special events like Easter egg dying, Seabeck pizza night, and pony rides.

The UCUCC Church Council governs an additional $2,000,000 in endowed funds that have been designated to support Love & Justice, Music, Adult Education, Sustaining our Building, and the annual operating budget.

A gift of any size can have a lasting impact. Through careful investments at the United Church Funds your gifts are cared for and multiply. These are investments that live out our Christian values and are divested from fossil fuels companies.

“I firmly believe that if any church is able to move with the times and serve the needs of the people it will be the United Church of Christ, specifically UCUCC. For me, personally, it is very simple: it is about the future of the church.”

~Stephan Gerhardt

Ready to make your planned gift?

You can let us know your plans by submitting and filling out our UCUCC Bequest Intention Form.

We look forward to helping you once you’re ready to create a lasting legacy. Contact Kyna Shilling, Director of Finance and Operations if you would like to discuss your options.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:21