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.

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.

Unrecognizable social justice warrior demonstrating placard with inscription while fighting for equality in townAugust 2021 marks two years since the energies of our youth group propelled the congregation into adopting a resolution to become a Racial Justice Church. To mark this anniversary we are taking a look at the work of Racial Justice that has happened in the past year. Progress on a project as vast and deep as this one happens simultaneously on many fronts. A search for small but significant developments in Racial Justice at UCUCC reveals that they were numerous.

For a start, last fall our three clergy members offered to the whole congregation three six-session book groups discussing local author Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk about Race?. Discussions were lively and varied, with plenty of good repercussions.

A series of Peace Circles led by Aileen Pruiksma and Elizabeth Dickinson helped us think about developing multicultural relationships.

Also, in the course of the fall of 2020 our Church Council launched a study of Jones and Okun’s essay on “The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture,” which provided a lens so interesting that the Racial Justice Steering Committee took it up and later introduced it into the meetings of our Racial Justice Activist group.

As 2021 began, our Racial Justice Activist group held our (virtual) annual goal-setting retreat. UCUCC member Livio de la Cruz led in with an awe-inspiring overview of organizations, mostly black-led, doing terrific things around Seattle and Washington state. Any one of them would be exciting to volunteer for as an individual, but there didn’t seem to be a specific place for UCUCC as an organization. 

We decided instead on the following three priorities:

  • Advocacy (See Racial Justice Advocacy by Mary Sue Galvin, page 8)
  • A Racial Justice Learning Group (see Our Racial Justice Learning Group by Mark Peterson, page 8)
  • Ombuds efforts (see An Ombuds Process by Diane Browning, page 8)

One other development was an important change of our place in the UCUCC organizational structure. The current stage began formalizing in 2016 after a workshop on Racial Justice as a Spiritual Imperative by Heather Hackman. At first, the Racial Justice Activists became and Action Team under the wing of the Love & Justice Ministry. After the August 2019 congregational meeting, discussions began about how our anti-racism work needed to be part of every Ministry in our church. To support that, Racial Justice now has a representative on our Church Council. For details, see Church Council Uplifts Racial Justice by Terry Moore, page 9) 

An aspect of our racial justice work that has taken several forms and had a number of excellent outcomes is deepening our connection to indigenous communities. For details on that, see Justice and Indigenous Peoples by Patti Brandt, page 9).

How have you been participating in the work of Racial Justice at UCUCC this past year? One upcoming opportunity is the Intercultural Development Inventory, a cross-cultural assessment tool. There will be chances to participate in IDI cohorts this fall and in 2022.

~ Ginger Warfield