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.

I wanted to share my opening reflection/letter to our youth and families. I don’t always do a big letter, but I know it’s finals week and the youth have been stressed out. This is what flowed when I went to write my “quick” greeting. Maybe there’s a message in here for you too!
 
Hello Youth and Families,
I know for many of you this week was finals and end of semester. You have been in my prayers and in my heart as you have been studying, staying up late, and probably yelling at your computer due to the various technological issues that have been going on! It can be scary to turn in the paper or frustrating to try to have to turn in a group project when one person never even participated. I hope soon you can rest, and just trust that good enough is good enough. You just turn in the thing, or do the test, and then… move on.
 
I read a great reflection from a parent the other day. She was realizing that she couldn’t expect the same of her child as before the pandemic. And that is SO TRUE! And… it was that good reminder that we can’t expect the same of ourselves as before the pandemic. I think it’s been so long we feel we should just be managing our new normal. And while maybe there are pieces of that that are true, the reality is… we need to let go of trying to be the BEST at pandemic times. We just need to get through.
 
My guiding word for myself through this whole thing is grace. I offer this to you too! May you give yourself grace and try to let go of what you can’t control right now. So, go make yourself some tea, or coffee, or a cookie! Go for a walk. Hunker down by the fire. Call a friend. Read a book. Listen to a podcast. And hear me when I say to you – YOU. ARE. ENOUGH! YOU ARE GOD’S BELOVED!
 
Know that you have so many folks cheering you on! and… If you are in need of some meditation and spiritual practices – scroll down to find some links to some that might be helpful. Also – at the bottom of this email is a new section for some emergency and support lines. Please reach out if you need support!
 
In Faith,
Margaret Swanson
Director of Youth Ministry

Spiritual Resources

Here are some resources for some spiritual practice. It’s so important to take care of our spiritual selves. If you have one to share, please let me know!

Need emergency support or care?

We know that times can feel REALLY hard right now! Your youth leaders are available to you! But here are some other resources for you!

Pastoral Emergencies
Call or text a pastor at 206-445-3378, anytime.

Teen Link 1.866.TEENLINK (833-6546). 
Teen Link is a program of Crisis Connections that serves youth in Washington State. Our teen volunteers are trained to listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever’s on your mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues you’re facing. No issue is too big or too small! Calls and chats are confidential.

Trevor Project Resources:
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

  • TrevorText: a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678-678.
  • TrevorLifeline: Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386