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.

Beloved UCUCC Community,

I am writing to inform you that Rev Steve Jerbi will move to a half time minister position at our church effective November 20, 2023. The proposal for this change came at Steve’s request. After several weeks of discussions among the entire Leadership Team, Ed Coleman as Moderator, the chairs of the Personnel Committee, and Kyna Shilling as our Director of Finance & Operations, this proposal was presented to the Church Council for its consideration. During its September 20 meeting the Council voted to approve this proposal as recommended by the UCUCC Personnel Committee.

In August, Pastor Steve came to us with an exciting proposal—he has been offered the opportunity to serve as the national director of the Organizing for Mission Network of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). This is the denomination in which Pastor Steve was ordained. The part-time ELCA position he has been recruited to will draw upon his extensive community organizing skill in engaging religious communities to advocate for God’s transformative justice in our world. Given the great need for his skill at this pivotal time in the life of our country, the UCUCC Personnel Committee endorsed this opportunity and worked with all three pastors – Steve, Amy and Michael – to craft a plan going forward that has been approved by the Church Council.

Pastor Steve shared, “I’m excited to be able to connect with leaders, congregations, and communities with a national scope. This ecumenical network fosters faith-rooted action at a time when impacted communities are facing greater threats – economically, politically, and spiritually. The Organizing for Mission Network has built new relationships for UCUCC through Seattle-wide trainings. In this new role, we will be able to develop new connections and skills beyond the city. This is also a great opportunity to reflect our congregation’s values throughout the country.” 

Pastor Steve’s UCUCC title will remain Minister of Christian Formation, Love and Justice and his call as a settled pastor of our church remains in force. Margaret Swanson, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries will continue to report to him. His main UCUCC focus will continue to be working closely with the lay leaders of the ministries of Christian Formation and Love & Justice to advance our shared goals. He will support general worship, preaching and pastoral care, as time allows given his half time church position.

“This shift is only possible with collaboration between UCUCC and the leadership at the church-wide office of the ELCA,” noted Pastor Steve. “It is important to me to keep my congregational connection alongside this national work. I am thankful to continue to work with the ministries of Christian Formation and Love & Justice. This also keeps UCUCC my family’s church home and the girls rooted in our youth group.” 

With this change to 2 ½ ministers on staff, Pastor Amy and Pastor Michael will be our team ministry leaders, sharing ministerial leadership of UCUCC. In recognition of his reduction of time, Pastor Steve will not be part of the Pastor Leadership Team (aka team ministry) and will not hold system-level leadership for our congregation.  He will directly report to Rev. Amy Roon, the minister of Vision and Stewardship, with an indirect reporting relationship to Church Council.

The timing of this change is fortuitous. We now have three settled pastors in our congregation including our new Minister of Worship and Care, Rev Michael Ellick, who joined us in August, and a seasoned Minister of Vision and Stewardship, Rev Amy Roon, whose call was recently renewed after 14 years of service. The budget for 2024 will reflect the reduced expenses of Pastor Steve’s hours and benefits.

Effective November 20, you can expect to continue to encounter Pastor Steve in worship several Sundays a month. He will preach about a sixth of the time (instead of a third of the time) and will provide general pastoral coverage and services commensurate with his half time position.

The collaborative group of our three pastors will evaluate the success of this model on an ongoing basis and report to the Personnel Committee and Council at least quarterly. We will conduct a formal evaluation of the model at the time when we conduct annual pastor performance reviews.

Please join in congratulating Pastor Steve on this timely and significant opportunity to advance God’s message in our country and at the same time bring his national learnings and insights to the Christian Formation and Love & Justice ministries and to our congregation at large.

You may direct questions to the pastors, the co-chairs of the Personnel Committee (Virginia Felton and Joyce Jackson) or to me as Moderator. We will respond to commonly asked questions in future communications as we near the transition date of November 20.

Seeking to be Church together, with, and for each other,

Ed Coleman
UCUCC Moderator