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.

mountain sceneAs we approach the 1-year mark of doing our ministry online, here are some reflections from the Director of Youth Ministry, Margaret Swanson, and the Youth Ministry Committee.

From Margaret Swanson,
Director of Youth Ministry

In March of 2020, we were planning our two retreats, the Girls and Boys Retreats. The start of the pandemic began with discernment around whether we could even go on the retreats, and then creating a plan for how to offer our retreats online. Since then, it’s been a year of either re-working our regularly scheduled events so that they would work digitally or creating new events and ways to offer connection for youth and their families. We began doing zoom events – baking, letter writing, craft time and open times to connect. Over the year, we were able to run weekly youth group, do Youth Worship, celebrate the class of 2020 with a ‘lawn bomb,’ offer our summer camps virtually, and introduce new programs like weekly game night, Mystery Ministry Pals and Advent at Home and Lent at Home kits and more!

In the midst of a time where youth were losing a lot of the things that made up their everyday lives, we felt really fortunate that we could still offer youth group digitally. We focused in on the intention of relationships and connection. We wanted our Youth to know they were not alone and to trust in the connections they had within the group. We made sure we continued to offer a safe space for youth to vent, to name the griefs they might be feeling, to share about where they were finding joy, and to explore how God might be showing up in the midst of this time.

It’s been an amazing year! Of course, our first choice would be to be together in person. But the fact that our youth are showing up for themselves, and for each other, means something. As we approach this one-year mark, I am grateful for the ways the youth share, and offer support for each other. God has been so present in our conversations, our tears, and our laughter. We will continue to be creative and find ways to foster connection and support for our youth and our families.

From Youth

“One of my favorite parts of online youth ministry was the cooking classes we did towards the beginning of the pandemic. It gave us a space to connect with each other and eat some delicious food. I’ve always loved eating breakfast with everyone at church before youth group, so having a creative way to recreate that was super meaningful to me!” – Lacy George, 11th grade.

“Doing youth ministry online has in a way given me more freedom in the activities and locations I do them in. Yes, it has been a challenge trying to navigate everything and get back on track but there are pros to adjusting to this new lifestyle. One, being able to do everything at my own pace is a huge plus. Whether it’s submitting things for worship or attempting to make it on time for youth group. Also, it’s been amazing to see everyone’s personal styles in the collection of videos that make up worship and the church activities outside of that. Someone’s always either outside, in a car, walking, making breakfast, whatever it may be the variety is definitely unique.”  – Eva Lieber, 11th grade.

“I think one of the most meaningful things about doing online youth group this year, we have been able to continue to connect with people without being in person. Also knowing that our fellow youthies and leaders are still there for us even if we aren’t seeing them in person.” – Jordyn Kerr, 9th grade.

“Looking back on this year and the pandemic I feel like amidst all the struggles that we have all been through, I have seen God through the struggles and become closer with God through spending more time reflecting and spending time seeing the sublime in nature and learning to love myself. Youth group has been such a huge part of my journey. being able to still connect with my youth group and youth leaders in this time, in sharing experiences, cooking together, journaling together or doing fun activities over zoom. It has been so helpful to not be alone on this journey especially over this time of isolation in quarantine and Covid.” – Anika Segall, 11th grade.

From the Youth Ministry Committee

Upon reflection of the youth ministries program during the year 2020, the youth committee is grateful for the continuous refinement of online gatherings as well as individual personal outreach, Margaret Swanson’s skill and perseverance in quickly adapting the program to online format, and the teamwork of the church staff and leadership team to bring about the transition to online services and meetings that involved the children and youth of the church.

The Youth Ministry Program at University Congregational is open to youth in grades 6 – 12. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Director Of Youth Ministry, Margaret Swanson at mswanson@ucucc.org or the Youth Ministry Committee at ucuccyouthboard@universityucc.org.