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.

The following are books that the UCUCC Racial Justice Book Club are reading (monthly on the third Tuesday at noon).

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo (2018, Beacon Press). The UCUCC Church Council read this NYT bestseller last year, and the Racial Justice Book Club will be reading it this August & September. We would love to have more voices join the discussion, or, read it on your own to understand an important dynamic of White
liberals (like so many of us).

Author DiAngelo, a White woman, asks other white people to examine how they react when dealing with our own racism. She provides a list of feelings, behavior, and claims for white people to consider when called out to explain something we’ve said or thought.

In one example, a white woman is politely asked to examine the racism in something she said. Instead of answering she bursts into tears. Her friends rush to her side, throwing accusatory looks at her confronter, which centers the feelings of the white woman instead of the POC, and cuts off any discussion of the racism that was brought up.

The book helps White people to dig into emotions and deeply held, often subconscious, beliefs and understandings of People of Color.

How to be an Anti-racist by Ibram X Kendi (2019, One World) has been on the NYT Best Seller List for 18 weeks, and the Racial Justice Book Club just completed a 3-month discussion on this book.

In each chapter of his book, Kendi provides a concise definition of racist and antiracist perspectives and actions and then expands on them, providing a good map for discussions.

For example, Chapter 8, Behavior gives these two definitions:

Behavioral Racist: One who is making individuals responsible for the perceived behavior of racial groups and making racial groups responsible for the behavior of individuals.

Behavioral Antiracist: One who is making racial group behavior fictional and individual behavior real.

Along the way he looks at pre-Civil War arguments for supposed mediocre Black behavior and contrasts that with abolitionist advocacy, which was not entirely antiracist. He points out the weaknesses of the abolitionists’ points of view. Then he moves along to mid-20th Century texts. He rounds it out with tracing his own struggles and how he has evolved in his understanding of racism and himself.

Here is a link to a PBS NewsHour interview (9 minutes) at https://www.pbs.org/video/race-matters-1594242588/ with both authors.