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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

Rekindling Connections

By Ellen Naden Chair of Parish Care and Jan von Lehe Chair of Calling, Engagement & Community

In this time of change we are listening to what is on your mind and heart. After hearing of feelings of loss and separation as the church emerged from the pandemic isolation and multiple church leadership changes, a Calling, Engagement & Community Ministry group held several Rekindling Connections listening sessions in June. We want to share some of what we’ve heard as well as share our plans to continue Rekindling Connections sessions this Fall.

Over thirty congregants met with Rekindling Connections facilitators in three listening sessions in June. We asked: what’s working well and what do you want more of. We also asked that each rate their priorities with four dots, thus helping to develop themes for focus. Four areas emerged that congregants would like to see more of: 1.) worship services with sermons that are theologically grounded, relevant, creative, spiritual, and inspiring. 2.) more focus and actions to build trust and teamwork between pastors and lay persons. 3.) more small groups where we can connect and learn and grow spiritually, with numerous suggestions. 4.) continued racial justice and environmental justice work, assuring positive approaches, not blaming but inviting us and teaching us as we live into being both a racial justice and creation justice church.

These themes plus the many comments and suggestions have been shared with pastors and council moderator and assistant moderator. They will also be shared with the pertinent groups such as worship and music ministry, racial justice and SEM leaders, ministerial search committee, as well as council. As a result of your feedback, some new small groups are already being planned, including book study, prayer sessions and possibly fireside groups. We are also working with lay leaders and our pastors to schedule additional listening sessions this fall. Our original plan was to schedule conversations using our original structure, but with recent events we are considering a shift in focus for future sessions.

There is deep strength in this congregation. The following paragraph, which speaks both to our legacy and to a vision for our future, was included in the church profile written for the ministerial search that called Dave, Don and Peter. It seems as relevant now as it did in 1993.

“As the (1993) Search Committee has reflected on the life of this congregation, it has occurred to us that there is one more thing we ought to say – indeed, perhaps the most important thing to be said, not so much an event as an achievement. Especially now we are aware that, over time, people in this place have had their needs met, and have met each others needs, sometimes in quite remarkable ways: spiritual needs, intellectual needs, emotional needs, ethical needs, relational needs. It is this evidence of the Spirit active among us that, at bottom, accounts for the strength, the persistence, and the resiliency that have marked our corporate life, in good times as in more recent moments of disappointment and uncertainty, and that we carry forward as our most precious resource.”