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.

White Notes Beside a Pencil on Brown Wooden SurfaceNow that we are settling into yet another new “normal” at UCUCC, we thought it would be good to hear about the experiences of a couple of people—from inside the church building and online.

“Oh, how I have missed all of you! I see a few members on various Zoom gatherings; I have spoken with quite a few of you on the phone; we have exchanged some notes and letters. But I have not SEEN you in person for a long, long time.

So coming to worship in person was something I longed to do. When the time finally came – I went, with a little hesitancy about safety, but mostly excitement and joy. It was comforting and healing to my soul to see familiar and loved faces, even though they were half covered with a mask! A brief hand on the arm; smiling with our eyes; nodding with joy at one another.

It was a little odd. I deeply missed loudly singing beloved hymns and the choir. I really missed the children! But here we were, all together, and ready to worship God. On communion Sunday we came forward as usual, but the bread was handed to me with tongs (!) and we drank from the little glasses. I missed the communal and theological passion of the common cup. Still, it was the table of Christ where all are welcome – everyone of us! – and we all ate of The Bread of Life, and drank the Cup of Blessing.

Church can happen anywhere and it has for nearly 2 years – on Zoom, Facebook, YouTube. It’s been good in many ways. But for me, church in person, where we are gathered as the Body of Christ with real bodies, is a holy gift that I am grateful for.”

~ Gail Crouch

“My name is Dana Weir, and I am a long distance member of UCUCC. I am filled with gratitude, every week, for the opportunity to worship online with a community that truly feels like a “church home.” UCUCC is a unique church culture, where the Spirit is palpable, the community is warm and welcoming, and folks are doing the authentic, hard work of love and justice.

My rhythm on Sunday has shifted to accommodate the new 5pm online worship time. It is a shift, but I find I enjoy the early evening schedule for worship. I love viewing the parts of the service that are recorded in the morning – I almost feel like I’m there! The live chat helps me continue to feel connected to the pastors and other online worshipers.

Having served on the Emergence Team, I know how important it is to provide the pastors and tech wizards with time to knit together the online service. They are doing incredible, ambitious work to create such a rich online church experience, one that allows people to be included from around the region and around the globe. I’ll continue to be present for this experience, with deep gratitude!”

~Dana Wier

“My name is Lisa Klingler and I am a member of both the Emergence and the Welcoming Teams at UCUCC. One of my favorite contemporary hymns is ‘Draw the Circle Wide’ and I have been reflecting this week on how wonderful it is that with the new combination of in-person and online worship, we are able to offer an even wider welcome as we emerge.

As one who finds myself among those who don’t feel quite ready to be back ‘in the building’ for a variety of reasons, I personally appreciate the ability to stay connected to this beloved community through digital ministry while staying home and safe. But additionally, I am energized by this new opportunity to be connected and enriched by other ‘believers, seekers, and doubters’ who may journey with us in new ways that aren’t constrained by the boundaries of physical space.

Just as I loved shaking hands and greeting the congregation on the front steps of the church on Sunday morning, I love being a “virtual greeter,” welcoming people in the chat as they sign on for evening online worship. Our congregation has always been known for its warm welcome to those who pass through our doors. With our growing online ministry, we have the opportunity to offer an even wider welcome outside our church doors. Let us continue to draw the circle wide!”

~Lisa Klingler