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.

I’ve been going to yoga for many years. I’m fairly flexible and pretty strong. But the other important thing about yoga is BALANCE. And my balance is terrible. (I know what you’re thinking: “Imbalanced—no surprise.”)

My balance is laughable, horrendous, shockingly bad. I feel strong and mighty at the front of the class except when we do balance postures. Then I skulk over to a WALL so that I can prop myself up. And for years  I have never been able to even stand on one leg for more than ten seconds. I used to practice at the bus stop, trying to discretely lift one foot without looking like I was desperate for a restroom. It never helped.

“Find your drishti,” my yoga teacher said. Drishti is the method of gazing at a focal point in yoga practice. I’d look across the room at the beautiful lotus painted on the front wall. I’d laser beam my eyes on that lotus and then—I’d fall over.

Then COVID happened. My favorite yoga studio closed and went totally online. I found a new yoga studio just over a mile from my house. Walking distance! It turned out one of the teachers was someone I had studied with over thirty years ago. Yet another crazy COVID Coincidence.

ANYway, in this class, the teachers always ask what we want. Lower back stretches? Shoulder openers? Hip openers? Balance poses? There was a woman in the class who always asked for, “One-legged balance poses.” Why? Because clearly she had the genes of a flamingo and had no problem doing the most difficult one-legged poses. I secretly cursed her.

I tried to do them, I really did. I’d look across the room and try to find my drishti. I stared intently at the brass mirror on the far wall, the colorful Tibetan prayer flags near the door, the cat clock in the front. But no matter how hard I tried or what I looked at, I couldn’t do Dancer’s Pose or Tree Pose or Eagle Pose.

Then one day the class was extra crowded and I ended up directly in front of a stucco column. It was okay because I could still see the teacher just fine. Ms. Flamingo was in class and of course she requested balance poses.  Because of where I was standing, I couldn’t see across the room. I could only stare at the column one foot away.

So I made my drishti a little round pinhole in the stucco. We did Tree Pose first. In the past I always made jokes about my tree being in hurricane force winds which explained why I kept falling over. But this time, as I stared at the spot before me, I felt calm and centered. I held the pose until the teacher released us. It was truly remarkable.

How remarkable? So remarkable that the teacher made a remark. “I’ve never seen you hold a balance pose for more than five seconds,” he said. “How do you explain it?”

“I don’t know,” I answered. “The only difference is that my drishti is right in front of me instead of across the room.”

I could stay balanced when I focused on that which was right in front of me.

Don’t you just love how Spirit speaks to us in all kinds of places? It was a lightning bolt realization that if I focus on what is right in front of me, I feel calm, centered and balanced. How many times do we focus on things  that are months away,  years away or might never even happen?

Focusing solely on the future not only makes us miss what is right in front of us , but it also causes us to be anxious and fearful and then we lose our balance.

This is what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 6:25 when he tells the crowds 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

To make his point, he probably focused on the front row and then demonstrated a perfect Tree Pose.

So we have to ask ourselves, “Where is our drishti today? On what are we focusing? Are we seeing what is right in front of us? Are we focusing on the negative or the positive? On hope or on fear? Are we focusing so far in the future that we feel anxious and off-center?”

After reflecting on these questions, then we can ask ourselves, “How the heck did Jesus do Tree Pose in that long robe?”


Photo: Ki McGraw, one of my teachers from the Hatha Yoga Center, in a perfect Tree Pose.