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 – and 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.

Saint FrancisAside from birdbaths, the most well known contribution St. Francis gives to the church is probably the Canticle of the Sun. The invocation of Brother Sun and Sister Moon honor a kinship among all of God’s creations. We hear the names of our family: Wind, Water, Fire, and Mother Earth. Each element inspires the troubadour saint to sing praises to God.

Lots of us experience this deep connection with the divine when we are immersed in nature. Somehow feeling ourselves as a creature among creatures resonates with us. After all, we “remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.” We are earth-beings and star-dust, containing both immanence and transcendence. We connect with that close enough to touch and taste and smell – soil, plant, animal. We are linked with galaxies and dark matter beyond our grasp. We are part of it all. All is kindred with us.

So, how do we deal with Brother Covid? Even naming the novel coronavirus as a sibling is jarring to me. And yet, Covid is part of the created world, a living virus. It is a created entity like others named in the Canticle.

Viruses exist around us mostly as a mystery. Some virologists say there are more viruses on Earth than stars in the galaxy. Viruses keep ecosystems in dynamic balance, help with animal adaptation, and regulate bacterial populations. In the wide scope I can easily sing praises to God for Sister Virus in whom we quite literally “live, and move, and have our being.”

Brother Covid, however, is a pathogen. This is a virus that has become deadly and destructive. The reasons we would praise God for viruses are the antithesis of behaviors seen in Brother Covid.

I would love to condemn and convict Brother Covid for the pain, misery, and grief he has caused. And yet, it is not the essence of viruses to destroy; it is merely the pathology of behavior that is destructive. Rather than finding a way to coexist in creation, pathogenic virus exploit the most vulnerable and seek to live at the expense of all other life.

This is something we all recognize in our communities. There are pathological behaviors that must be called out and resisted. These actions may lead to distancing. Our organizing work brings into balance the power of the people and the communities where we are – vaccinating against destructive forces. Our hope in this work, our vision of the world as it could be, creates a beloved community where all are honored, loved, and able to live in peace and harmony. We are called to be healers.

We are told that Francis dictated the final stanza of the Canticle of the Sun on his deathbed. In it he sings praises for Sister Death. He held an understanding that, as created creatures, we would all come to embrace her. For Francis this was not the pathology of a virus or the pathology of destructive behavior. It was the path through and to the hope and promise of the resurrection.

In this Covidtide we are visited too often by a Sister Death brought in by inequity in health care, the violence of racism, the tragedy of a failed response, the clinging to “personal rights” over love of neighbor. Brother Covid reveals our own pathologies.

Let us work to heal ourselves and our communities. Let us inspire others to see kinship in neighbor and nature alike. Let us live life with full abundance so that when Sister Death comes it is as a welcoming presence leading us to everlasting life.