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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

                  I confess when I heard the sermon theme for Lent would be Second Chances, I was perplexed.  Chance connotes a carny atmosphere: “Step right up and take a chance to shoot the paddling duck,” or a commercial plea: “Last chance to subscribe to … for 50 cents a week.” Chance seems haphazard, almost out of my control –  carnival-like.  I don’t think that’s what our pastors intended when they decided on Second Chances to inspire sermons for Lenten Sundays.  I would have called the series, “Second Opportunities” in order to credit our capacity to improve a situation.  However, whether second chances or opportunities, the conditions for “next time” are never the same.  Would the Huskies win with a second chance game against Michigan?  Perhaps, but the quarterback might be injured or the weather foul.  Replicated chances don’t happen. 

                  When I was teaching high school English, occasionally a student would beg for a second chance to improve a test grade. Try as I might to create extra credit projects, it was impossible to recreate an identical testing setting.

                  Rewriting is a different thing.  Regularly, after teacher or peer critiques, I would ask students to revise their essays.  I explained to my students the roots of “revise.”  RE means to do again.  “VISE” is the root of vision.  Thus, revise writing means more than correcting punctuation or usage.  It suggests looking at a theme topic with a new pair of eyes.  That is challenging if only a short time has passed since the first draft; however, a longer time passing informs a fresh look.  A revised essay could be dramatically different, though it is hard to make significant changes without the intervention of learning time. 

                  So too with experiences.  Perhaps years pass between the time we do something and re-experience it with new eyes.  In the intervening years, various conditions inform our understanding.  Again, recalling my teaching years, there were times I disciplined a student who consistently spoke out without raising a hand, or a student who seemed incapable of remaining seated for an entire class period.  Now, I know about Asperger’s on the Autism spectrum.  Academically accomplished, these children are challenged in reading social clues.  Students with attention deficit disorder are constantly on the move.  Sitting still is torture.  Teachers in the 70’s and ‘80’s were not equipped with information or strategies to teach these differently abled students.  I wish I would have had a second opportunity with these students, because now, armed with understanding, I re-see them.

                  In the first sermon of the Lenten Series, the scripture featured God’s covenant with Noah — God would not destroy Earth again, a covenant written on a rainbow.  What what did Noah do with his second chance?  He planted a vineyard, drank excessive goblets of wine, fell into a drunken sleep and then cursed  the  innocent  son of Ham.  And God?  Well, Earth still exists, struggling through climate crises.  Given a second opportunity at creation, what knowledge does God need to Re-vise?

                  We will never have an opportunity to erase a wrong.  A person we offended may no longer be with us.  Time smudges, if not erases, but it can also inform.  What we need is not to expect second chances, but new opportunities enhanced with wisdom and perception from the last time we blew it.   Meanwhile we open our arms to forgiveness.  But that is another blog, another opportunity.