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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

Resources for our Church Community

Want to submit an article to Church and Home? Learn more about church history? Get reimbursed for an item you bought for your committee? You will find the answers to these questions and more in the drop-down sections below.

To read the Asset Enhancement Task Force Inventory Report, click here.
To read our 132nd Annual Report, click here.
To read our 131st Annual Report, click here.

And don’t forget to explore the “MyUCUCC” section. This gives you access to the church directory on-line (and on your phone). You can see your giving record, correct your address, and even upload a photograph of you and your family. Sign up below.

UCUCC is a registered 501(c)3 and your contributions are tax deductible. Our EIN is 91-0573111.

What is MyUCUCC?

What is MyUCUCC?

MyUCUCC is a convenient way to connect to important church information. It provides community members 24/7 access to their personal information.

In addition, it gives access to tools that can help you consider your own spiritual gifts and passions, as well as the unique skills that you may be willing to share within the church community. Your MyUCUCC record is personal and private. With the exception of a few staff members, you are the only one who can access it.

MyUCUCC integrates with our church records; because this is proprietary information it requires that you login. Everyone who is an active member of the University Congregational UCC Community is eligible to create a login and have on-line access to information.

What kinds of things can I use MyUCUCC for?

MyUCUCC allow you to access or church information an perform a variety of functions:

  • Fill out your personal profile to identify spiritual gifts, passions and skills.
  • Look up contact information for people who are currently listed in our printed church directory.
  • View only the calendar groups you want to see. (e.g. Church-wide events, Youth events, Children’s Ministry events).
  • Give online from your checking account, debit card, or credit card.
  • View your giving history and print your own contribution statements.
  • Update your profile with a new address, phone number, email or even your family or individual photo.

You can opt out of the online directory and choose to have your phone number and/or email address unlisted online. Your information will be included unless you tell us not to. Please email the office if you want to opt out. Your personal information is held secure by ACS Technologies and an added layer of encryption security applies to all financial transactions.

We will continue to integrate the website with the church database. Some future benefits will include the ability to register for events and submit requests for rooms and equipment.

How do I login?

Follow the steps below to establish your MyUCUCC account. An illustrated version of these instructions, which also includes information about creating your personal profile, is available here as a PDF: All About MyUCUCC Instructional Handout.

  1. Click on the “MyUCUCC” link in the footer.
  2. A new screen that takes you to a secure website with a “Sign In” box will appear.
  3. Below the Sign In box click on “Need a Login? Click Here.”
  4. Enter the email you have on file with the church and your first and last name.
  5. Click on the “Find Me” button. (If the system was unable to locate your record, please call or email the office The most likely reason it didn’t work is that your name and/or email are spelled differently in the church database.)
  6. A verification email will be sent to you.
  7. Click the link in the email to finish your account setup.
  8. When the link opens a new window in your web browser, simply create a password following the onscreen instructions.
  9. Click on the “Sign In” button.
  10. You have now gained access to MyUCUCC. Be sure to write down your login email and password for future access.

Questions about MyUCUCC? Call 206-524-2322 or email the office.

Leadership Parish Relations Committee

Leadership Parish Relations Committee (LPRC)

In this time of unique challenge and unaccustomed distance, UCUCC’s Leadership Parish Relations Committee (LPRC) remains ready to help with any issues regarding your relationship with any of the pastors. Our committee confidentially hears issues, moderates conversations, and helps move parties toward resolution. If you’ve got an issue, please reach out to us at
We are:

Gini Stimpson
Cara Gray Helmer
David Ovens (Chair)
Rachel Teigen-Brackett
Tom George
Becca McMullen

Frequently asked questions about LPRC


Church Governance - How our ministries are organized

Church Governance – organized to support our ministries

Our goal is to live out our call in the world as Christians, while maintaining a lean organizational structure and supporting the spirited work of our congregation. Here is a visual representation of our organizational structure: Church Structure Diagram 

UCUCC Summary of Ministries and Groups This document will provide a basic summary of each ministry and group at UCUCC, along with the names of the leaders of the group. The document is typically updated once per year, in May, to coincide with the Annual meeting, where we vote in the new Council and Ministries leadership slate.

Click here for to view the 130th Annual Report (for 2021-2022).
Click here for an overview of church organizational changes from the past 5 years.

Our work is organized into five ministries –

Love and Justice

This ministry includes nonprofit organizations that we participate in (including University Congregational Housing Association and Child Learning and Care Center) plus Superfluity, Sacred Earth Matters and approximately 20 additional Love and Justice Action Teams. These Action teams cover areas as diverse as action to address homelessness, gun violence prevention and hunger issues.

Worship and Music

All of the elements that go into building and preparing for our worship services are the responsibility of this ministry. A Worship and Music committee attends to the service itself. Action teams  take responsibility for ushering, serving communion, recruiting liturgists and preparing the worship space. Many people participate in the Chancel Choir, the Children’s Choir and several music groups. The Creativity Council integrates the arts into worship to enrich this experience for everyone.

Christian Education and Spiritual Growth Ministry

This ministry covers all of the ways that we seek to support each other in the growth of our minds and spirits. It encompasses the Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, the Lecture Series, Seabeck All-Church Camp and the Scheyer Library.

Calling and Engagement Ministry

A collection of committees within this ministry help to welcome newcomers and help people both identify and live into their call. This ministry also helps us, as a community, live out our covenant to “Care for and pray for each other in trials of the spirit and in times of joy.” Committees within this ministry include New Members, Communications and PR, Engagement, Parish Car, Fellowship, BeFrienders and the Dale Turner Legacy committee.

Stewardship and Finance Ministry

This is the ministry that keeps the building operating, the bills paid and the lights on. It includes the following: Personnel, Facilities and Equipment, Stewardship and Finance, Budget, Pledge, Investment and Audit Committees.

The Role of the Church Council

The Church Council provides oversight for the work of these five ministries. It is made up of the Church Officers, the Leadership Team and one representative from each ministry. For a list of current Church Council members, please see the Leadership section.

The Leadership Staff Parish Relations Committee nurtures our relationships

The Leadership Staff Parish Relations Committee (LPRC) was created to help maintain open healthy relationships between leadership staff and the congregation by listening to and addressing concerns of both congregation and leadership staff in a timely confidential manner. A Leadership Covenant exists between the congregation and the leadership staff to define expectations between and among us.  Members of LPRC include leadership staff and the following:
Cara Gray Helmer
David Ovens (chair)
Kathryn Robinson
Tom George
Rachel Teigen-Bracket

Leadership Parish Relations Committee FAQ

Church and Home — print versions

Church and Home — print versions

Print versions of the current and back issues (pdf) of Church and Home are available here. Back issues are maintained on this site for about a year. To access older issues please email the office, or call 206-524-2322.

Submit an article for the Sunday Bulletin and/or the Weekly Update

The Sunday Bulletin

The purpose of the announcements section of the Sunday Bulletin is to inform worshipers of church events in the coming two weeks. It’s the place for special announcements or immediate concerns.

The deadline is noon Tuesday for the following Sunday. The best way to submit Bulletin copy is to email it to Or you can drop it off in the office.
Maximum length: two to three lines; longer items should go into Church and Home.
Be sure your name and phone number are on the copy for questions and/or verification.

Announcements submitted for the Sunday Bulletin will also appear in the Weekly Email.


  • Should cover activities of the congregation in the coming two weeks.
  • Items occurring further into the future should be included in Church and Home rather than the bulletin.
  • Invite people to look at Narthex tables, web site or other communication vehicles, but do not include long or political announcements in the bulletin.
  • Consider making appropriate references to the last issue of Church and Home as a place for more and wider info about the church. Links to relevant articles or pages on the church website are also appropriate.
  • Submissions may be edited for space or content at the discretion of the editing staff, however, please don’t assume that the editor will review your submission for typos or other errors.
  • Each announcement should be limited to a 2-3 sentence maximum.
  • Program-related surveys or signups can be noted in the bulletin as announcements, with information available at a Narthex table or handed out.

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Submit an article to Church and Home

Submitting Articles to Church and Home

Church and Home, published monthly, is provided in both digital and print format. It is the primary vehicle for information about UCUCC and its activities.

Basic Instructions

  • The deadline for submissions is noon, the 15th of the month, for the issue dated the following month (e.g. the deadline for the June issue is May 15).
  • Email your article to
  • Be sure your name and phone number are included in the email for questions/verifications.
  • Please be concise! Items may be edited due to space considerations.



  • Articles from boards about their activities are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Articles from boards inviting members to consider a stance or action:
    • Identify the church board that submitted the article and invites the stance.
    • Invite an action/position rather than demanding or requiring it.
    • Do not claim to speak for the church, but rather to its members.
    • Do not call into question the Christian conviction of those with differing perspectives (ex: “we, as Christians…”) “I” statements are more appropriate.


  • Inform readers of programs and priorities of UCUCC.
  • Invite readers to consider a position, not demand a position or action.
  • Invite readers to get further information.
  • Fundraisers may be announced if the agency is sponsored by a board, otherwise generally not.
  • Announcements for fundraisers for non-UCUCC affiliated agencies will generally not be included. Occasional exceptions are made for UCUCC affiliated agencies.
  • Political announcements will not be included unless the Church Council or congregation has taken action to support the particular political perspective.
  • No candidate endorsements.
  • Announcements of a general church nature take precedence over wider-community announcements.

Sharing the Journey column

The focus of a “Sharing the Journey” column is the writer’s faith journey: how that faith has been challenged or strengthened by life or circumstances or events. This is meant to tie in with the covenant affirmed when new members join “to walk together…” The focus is on spiritual growth:

  • 350 words max.; longer items may be edited at the discretion of the editor
  • The writer will be notified if editing is necessary
  • “Sharing the Journey” is not a soapbox for political or other perspectives, but a sharing of faith.



Archives—podcasts and sermon transcripts

Archives—podcasts and sermon transcripts


Every Sunday, the scripture reading and the sermon are recorded. After the service, this recording is uploaded to the website as a podcast. The most recent sermon podcast is available directly from the homepage. Recent sermons (up to six month’s worth) are available here. For podcasts of older sermons, click on the Soundcloud link.


Transcripts of sermons are available here. Our volunteer transcriber creates her work queue based on requests. Sermons are maintained on this site for about a year. To access transcripts for older sermons please email the office, or call 206-524-2322.

Sunday Bulletins

For those who choose to stay home, the Worship Bulletins will be posted on our website for the next few months.

Leadership Handbook - How to get things done

 UCUCC Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook, available in PDF Format, provides valuable information for lay people in positions of leadership in our church. It provides comprehensive instructions on how to accomplish many tasks that may be asked of lay leaders, including:

  • Available office resources
  • Devotional and check-in resources
  • Event planning
  • “Safer Church” policies and guidelines (how to maintain a safe, healthy environment for children and youth)
  • Money Matters – handling money from sales and reservations, financial reports, check requests, fundraising
  • Greening Guidelines – how to use our facility in ways that decrease our carbon footprint
  • Publicity Guidelines – Bulletin announcements, website, posters, Church and Home, the Red Wall, the Church logo
  • An event planning worksheet.
Report of the Futures Task Force, November 2019

The Report of the Futures Task Force, along with its Appendices, contains a richly detailed look at our church in terms of our dreams and beliefs, our demographics, and what we can see in our membership and attendance trends. We recommend reading the entire report to gain a basis for understanding decisions being made as we move forward together as a church community. The various sections of the report are listed below, with a description of their contents. You will find a link to a PDF of each section after its description.

Report of the Futures Task Force

This seven-page report provides an overview of the formation of the task force and summarizes its work in broad terms. It offers several “key takeaways” for the congregation to consider, as well as an overview of the task force’s observation about our current leadership team model.
Report of The Future Task Force

Appendix 1: Internal Identity Statement

The subgroup that formulated this internal identity statement begins its report with the statement, “We are a Christian church seeking to practice the inclusive transformational love of Christ Jesus.” In addition to providing more detail about our beliefs, the report also details our values, worship, our faith community, stewardship, Christian Education, the history of our public witness and church governance. It provides food for thought about who we are as a faith community and how our own sense of identity informs our actions.
Appendix 1 Identity Statement

Appendix 2: Research Subgroup Report

The Research Subgroup of the Futures Task Force defined our role and goal as helping to discern the religious and spiritual context that the church is operating in. We aimed to begin to understand the current place of mainline Christian congregations in urban settings and build a picture of what might lead to the continued health of our congregation and meaningful engagement with our community.  One of their conclusions:  The message is clear and consistent: change is afoot.  We see that happening up close and personal in the changes among the churches within a few blocks of our building. And we see it to a lesser degree in the trends in our own membership, attendance and giving.
Appendix 2 Research Report

Appendix 3: Attendance and Membership Subgroup Report

This report examines the trends we have experienced with respect to the number of members, number of pledging units, average pledge size, total pledge amounts, and worship attendance, The group examined the characteristics of those who have become church members over the past five years, and examined how the use of our church facility has reflected our priorities and how our financial resources have been used to impact our local community and our wider world.
Appendix 3 Attendance And Membership

Appendix 4: Listening Subgroup Report

The priority of the Listening Subgroup was the ensure that everyone in the congregation had an opportunity to be heard. We used various tools to accomplish this: one-on-one interviews with 25 individuals using “Appreciative Inquiry” questions, group listening sessions with youth and the Love and Justice Ministry, and six sessions offered before and after worship, focusing on dreams for our future. We also sponsored a congregational survey that was completed by nearly 200 people.
Appendix 4 Listening Group Report

Appendix 5: Congregational Futures Survey Results

This survey was available to the congregation for about a month to complete online or using a paper survey. Responses from 198 respondents were analyzed. The survey asked details of attendance and pledging and included open-ended questions about what makes church important to them and  what their experience with the Team Leadership Model has been.
Appendix 5 Futures Survey Results

Appendix 6: Overall Themes from Dreaming Sessions and Forums

Nearly 250 people participated in the dreaming sessions and forums sponsored by the Listening Subgroup. As the subgroup carefully recorded and analyzed what they heard, important themes and trends emerged.
Appendix 6 Dreams For Our Future

Appendix 7: Staffing Proposal

A staffing proposal was the subject of a special Church Council meeting on October 23, but was not adopted. Subsequently, a Staffing Proposal Committee was formed to consider the facts and opinions presented at this meeting and offer revisions based on additional background and work. The PDF below is the staffing proposal presented to Church Council on October 23.
Appendix 7 Staffing Proposal

Full Report with all appendices

Report of Futures Task Force including appendices

Our Church History

History of University Congregational United Church of Christ

On March 8, 1891, eight people met to found the First Congregational Church of Brooklyn. located at 4125 Brooklyn Avenue. It was a “mission church,” founded by Plymouth Congregational Church in Downtown Seattle.

In 2016, we celebrated our 125th Anniversary. The intervening years encompass a rich history of an every-changing congregation united by their dedication to Christian values and social activism.

A Short Church History, available as a seven-page PDF, provides details of the church’s rich history.

Centennial Booklet was produced by a team of volunteers in celebration of the 100th anniversary in 1991. It is available as a 91-page PDF document.



Our Facility - Weddings, Concerts, Receptions, Parking, Accessibility

Our Facility – Weddings, concerts and other events

Located in the heart of Seattle’s University District, our church facility serves both as our church home and as a tool for mission and outreach. The building includes a large sanctuary, a chapel and several social halls. For information on getting married in the church or renting any of the spaces described below, please email or call the office at 206-524-2322.

The Sanctuary

The sanctuary will seat 450 people on the main floor, plus 150 in the balcony. The center aisle is 90 feet long, with 18 rows of pews and a flexible area for disability seating. Generally, a gathering of approximately 250 guests will fill the front half of the sanctuary.

There is a pipe organ and a grand piano. Recent renovations have enhanced the hall’s acoustics and added a flexible modern sound system with multiple inputs, making it an excellent venue for concerts.

Harrington Memorial Chapel

The chapel will seat 75 – 80 people. The aisle is 35 feet long with eight rows of chairs that can provide flexible seating. The communion table is six feet wide. The chapel has a small pipe organ.


We support marriage equality for all couples, regardless of gender- or sexual-orientation. In addition to the spaces described above, there are appropriate reception areas available as well. We also offer the services of a wedding coordinator.

Parking and accessibility

Information about parking, evening access and building accessibility is available here.

Emergency Procedures Manual
UCUCC Emergency Procedures Manual

The Emergency Procedures Manual is focused on addressing emergencies that may occur on Sunday mornings, such as medical emergencies, fires, or earthquakes. It seeks to ensure the personal safety of people in the building on Sunday mornings, from the time that the building is opened until the last person leaves, typically in the early afternoon.

Appendix A is a summary of the procedures. Appendix B has guidelines for events held at UCUCC by outside event organizers, such as concerts.

Using Zoom for the first time

Using Zoom for the first time

Operating during the Corona virus pandemic means that we can no longer meet face to face. Many of our meetings–even among two or three people–are conducted on Zoom. If you have not yet used Zoom, the following eight-minute video will take you through the process. Watch it more than once as you need to.

If you need additional help, or would like to do a trial Zoom meeting with a volunteer Zoom helper, please email:

Links to other organizations

Useful links

University Congregational UCC is affiliated with the broader United Church of Christ denomination, which is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

We are also part of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ.

To expand our capacity to meet our social action mission, we maintain memberships in both the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Faith Action Network.


Accessibility at UCUCC

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 at a table to the right of the main glass doors entering the Sanctuary, or ask any usher.

Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday’s program in large print for easier readability.

Wheelchair Access: The front entry at the north end of the building is wheelchair accessible, as are the rest rooms. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.