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.

By Ginger Warfield, Racial Justice Steering Committee

We have reached the third anniversary of our resolution to be a racial justice church, which means it is time for a check-in. Where are we? How are we? What have we been doing?

Only one of those is easy to answer, so I will address the other two first. Where are we? In some sense, we are right where we were three years ago – in the middle of a journey so long that we can’t see either end from where we are. To make things even tougher, there is, in fact, no end. We will never be able to put a big check mark and say “We’ve arrived!” Some parts we travel with a tail wind and pleasant sunshine and it feels great. Other parts are dark and painful and don’t feel great at all. But we’ve made a commitment to this journey and somehow, together, we will celebrate the joyful patches and work through the darkness and the pain because that is what UCUCC does. Racial Justice is a Spiritual Imperative.

So then how are we? We are all over the map, which is appropriate for a journey that has no highways or charts – just a compass direction. Some people have found ways to move forward that work for them and sweep some others along – book and lecture discussions or a project whose needs match the skills they have to offer. Others are waiting for a moment that feels right. And some feel that they are being pushed into a dark place where they are unwilling to go, and decide that their only recourse is to distance. This decision is a source of sorrow and grief for the rest of us, but it is clearly theirs to make. The only thing absolutely clear is that all of us, happy or distressed or questioning, need to talk to others, preferably including some who do not feel as we do, so that we can be a whole church moving in the right direction.

On to the easy question: what have we been doing? Quite a variety of things! Probably the most visible was the Beyoncé Mass. It was performed at St. Marks Cathedral, but UCUCC provided a lot of the work that went on for months setting it up. We also had the privilege of having as theologian in residence Reverend Yolanda Norton, who is the prime mover for the Beyoncé Mass. During her time with us she also introduced us to Womanist theology.

Another major element to our racial justice work was that we became strongly engaged in working with the Poor People’s Campaign. This is an organization that grew out of work by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr which dipped after his death, but was picked up by Rev. William Barber. It addresses a broad range of issues, all of them very much within our church’s justice domain, so we decided to become a Faith Partner to the Washington chapter. Some activities have resulted and more will do so. The most recent were on June 18, which was the day of the PPC’s Mass Poor People’s and Low Wage Worker’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. The event had huge importance to folks at all levels of the PPC and several of us hoped to get to it. One did and took part, representing both UCUCC and Washington. Others of us were delighted to be invited by the First AME Church to a celebration of Voting Rights and a memorial for Representative John Lewis. Several of us joined their march across the new John Lewis Memorial Bridge. The event illustrated the virtues of flexibility. Expecting a large turn-out from UCUCC we made a banner and several signs with messages from the PPC (“Fight Poverty, not the Poor” and “We Won’t be Silent Any More”) and brought them, along with a UCUCC banner. Not many of us managed to make it there, but two of us carried the church banner, and the AME folks were delighted with the signs and PPC banner and helped carry them all. It wound up being an inspiring experience.

Other events are more on-going and less describable but an important part of the whole fabric of our efforts. Book groups and reports, the Intercultural Development Inventory, Racial Justice Resources in the weekly newsletter, and more.

One additional event burst upon some of us with considerable impact. It came to light that we have been underpaying our support staff for years. Given the nature of economic realities, this constitutes an unambiguous racial injustice. Given our professed, genuine values this is a real blow. Has any of us intentionally carried out a racist program? Absolutely not. Have we as a church been responsible for an act of institutional racism? Beyond question. Thanks be to God for the folks who spotted and corrected this, and may we all learn from it.

And so as we mark this third anniversary, may we look back with gratitude for the progress we’ve made and look forward to working together with God’s guidance and grace.