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.

UCUCC COVID-19 Action Team and the Facilities & Equipment Committee

The main infection risk for Covid-19 is proximity and duration: the closer we are to someone else and the longer we are near them, the more likely we are to encounter enough virus particles to become infected. Wearing a mask helps filter the number of aerosols that you emit when talking as well as filtering the number of aerosols from other people that you are breathing in. But physical distancing is also important. The coronavirus particle is tiny: only 0.1 micrometers (a human red blood cell is 7.5 micrometers in diameter), and can remain suspended in the air for hours. The more talking or singing, the more particles are released [see diagram below]. Over time, a cloud of aerosols builds up around each of us. Staying more than six feet apart allows those particles to dissipate and reduces the chance that an infectious dose will get from one person to another. Time is another factor that you can control: the shorter time you are sharing space with someone else, the lower the risk.

If we each utilize these three precautions (mask wearing, physical distance, and a short duration) in an outdoor space, the risk of infection is very low. Indoor spaces are complicated, because more virus particles build up over time and can remain in the air for longer.

Consider how air flows through a building: stale indoor air is pulled out of the room as fresh air from outside is pumped into the building (where it passes through the filtration system before entering each room). Currently, our building recycles a lot of our air, which is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but could circulate small virus

particles throughout the building. By increasing our outside ventilation to the maximum and replacing our current air filters with MERV13, we can keep our air as clean as possible. MERV13 filters are rated to capture particles as small as 0.3 micrometers.

“It’s the combination of ventilation and filtration that results in the indoor air quality,” Dr. William P. Bahnfleth, Chair of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force said. “So if you’ve got a good level of filtration and a good level of ventilation, that could be sufficient in a lot of environments.” – Washington Post, June 26, 2020

As we consider how and when to re-gather in 2021, the COVID-19 Action Team and the UCUCC Facilities and Equipment Committee is looking at our ventilation and filtration systems, and investing in improvements that will keep us safe. We can improve our ventilation by bringing in as much outside air as possible, and ensure the air in each room is circulated several times an hour. We can improve our filtration by using MERV13 filters for our central recirculating systems, and consider portable HEPA filters for rooms that aren’t connected to our HVAC. The Facilities & Equipment Committee has approved funding for these projects, and implementation will begin in early 2021.

The COVID-19 Action Team is identifying needs, developing policy recommendations and drafting guidelines that are based on our community’s values as well as the best available science and public heath advice. Our building partners CLCC, Teen Feed, and UDYC have their own Covid-19 Safety Plans that follow state and county guidelines for child care organizations and social service agencies.

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