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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

Partnering with the Poor People’s Campaign

If there’s one thing we at UCUCC are good at it is learning and thinking. And on the subject of Racial Justice and Anti-racism we have done a lot of that. Since we accepted that racial justice is a spiritual imperative we have had study groups work on the UCC curriculum on White Privilege and on a couple of pretty challenging books, along with forums, workshops and talks on relevant topics. Some of us have undertaken to become Peace Circle leaders with a specific aim of leading such discussions. With an on-going racial justice book group and lots of input from Reverend Yolanda, UCUCC is still thinking and discussing.

On the other hand, there comes a point when just sitting and thinking becomes downright self-indulgent unless we reach beyond our walls and do something with what we are learning. Our work on  Tent City and Mary’s Place and the Northwest Community Bail Fund demonstrate that we have not been entirely self-focused. However, we need to do more. The Racial Justice Activists began searching a year or two ago for an organization or action where we could make a genuine and desired contribution. This proved to be unexpectedly difficult, because if there’s one thing our learnings had taught us, it’s that the work that needs and deserves to be supported has BIPOC leadership and the last thing they need is for a white-dominated group to turn up with even a faint whiff of “Let us help you. We can fix things,” even when that is not at all our intention.

As it turns out, there is at least one solution. The Poor People’s Campaign A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) is solidly committed to being led by marginalized people of all stripes, and the Washington chapter responded to our overtures with warmth, grace and enthusiasm. The movement originated with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and spent some time in quiet mode after his death until the Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis took up the torch a few years ago. Now they are building momentum towards a massive march in DC on June 22, 2022, modeled on the 1963 event at which MLK made his “I Have a Dream” speech. This one is specifically in support of a Third Reconstruction — the first two being the post-Civil-War Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement. Their eggs aren’t all in that basket, though. Senator Manchin has been getting an earful from the West Virginia chapter with a lot of support from members all around the country.

The PPC can use our help on many fronts — advocacy through phoning and letter-writing, turning up at actions (currently mostly virtually, but surely, eventually in person), reaching out to people who might be interested, and more. You can find out more — lots more!— at the local website (www.washingtonppc.org) or the national one (www.poorpeoplescampaign.org). And we are working on ways to keep UCUCC activists posted about their needs and possibilities. The format is as yet undecided, but keep an eye on the website and the weekly Newsletter!

One of the features of the PPC that particularly draws me in is that they take their music very seriously. They have a whole section on Theomusicology, and a lot of rousing songs. One of my favorites is the first one I learned:

Somebody’s hurting my sister [brother, planet, …] and it’s gone on much too long,
Yes, it’s gone on much too long, Yes, it’s gone on much too long,
Somebody’s hurting my sister and it’s gone on much too long,
And I WON’T BE SILENT ANY MORE!!

There’s our mission, right there!                                                         – Ginger Warfield