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 like rituals. They comfort me, connect me to other times and other people, and remind me that today is unique and also not the last word.

The Holidays is a period of time full of ritual. Thanksgiving and gratitude, connection or challenge and remembering that sometimes one’s gain is another’s loss. Advent, with candles, waiting, O-Come,-O-Come-Emanuel, anticipation, quieting. Christian Christmas, God-with-us in surprising and unexpected ways, connection or challenge, Silent Night, Hope Reborn. Secular Christmas, frenzy, consumerism, spectacle, appearance of perfection (though reality is far different). Christian Post-Christmas: massacre of the innocents, the pain and anguish of human greed and excess. New Year’s: good-bye to the past, hello to what is yet to come, or is now here. Epiphany: humbling of the powerful for One who is Love. And other amazing rituals of the season, also familiar in our UCUCC family, including Kwanzaa, Solstice, Watch Night, and others.

There are other rituals at UCUCC. I’ve appreciated the tender, poignant, grateful rituals of saying good-bye and thank you to Peter Ilgenfritz. And I am anticipating the just-beginning rituals of start-up with Todd Smiedendorf, sharing hopes, undergirding of the Holy Spirit, embracing tasks and connections.

None of those rituals are unique to me, or to us. They comfort or disturb, they remind me of God’s promises and God’s presence. They connect me with people who were here long before me, and with people I’ll never meet when they come here long after me. Rituals can be reassurance and legacy. And there are times when I or others can’t participate in the ritual, because it’s too much or too heavy or because in current life it’s not possible. In those times others carry the ritual, allowing me or us to be carried, and to return to carry others at some other point in life.

A powerful, helpful, inspiring regular place with ritual for me is also regular Sunday worship. Ritual is often the container that can free the soul to be open to the encounter with the Sacred, the Holy. I am so grateful for faithful and engaging worship.

And I know rituals can also be confining, when burdened down with expectations that smother or don’t leave room for the Unexpected Holy. They can become vehicles of articulating insiders and outsiders: those who know and those who don’t. They can stifle or diminish or dismiss.

So in the ritual of New Year’s resolution, I want to resolve to be intentional with ritual.

To listen for God’s call, to be open to the Spirit of comfort and the Spirit of change. To be authentic and vulnerable in the moment, and in the connections. To value ritual as a means of focusing, not the motions as the end goal. And to be open to the possibility that it’s ritual which will allow or compel me out of a place of comfort into a place of risk.

May you know God’s presence in your life, in your rituals, in your expressions of comfort and places of challenge. And may your participation in this community be a means of expressing, providing, and opening such possibility for yourself and others, those here or longing for such a place, or hungry for meaning. I do believe God will be with us every step of the way.

Happy New Year!