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.

Symbols carry power. They give meaning. Vast ideas are captured within a symbol. They create patterns that reinforce messages. Symbols are the bridge between the human reading them and the essence of what the symbol represents. Sacred imagery helps connect the imminent with the transcendent. A Buddhist teaching captures this connection. Hear Thich Nhat Hanh describe it: “Bhikkhus, the teaching is merely a vehicle to describe the truth. Don’t mistake it for the truth itself. A finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. The finger is needed to know where to look for the moon, but if you mistake the finger for the moon itself, you will never know the real moon” (Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha).

Entering into our summer series we will explore the power of symbols. We will see how they create patterns in our life. We will seek reflections of symbols in Creation and throughout our community.

July 4 

Icthus 
Preacher: Rev. Steve Jerbi
Text: Matthew 4:12-23
Long before the cross became the primary symbol of Christianity, early followers of The Way used the fish symbol. It was often used in secrecy to hide allegiance to Christ from the forces of the Empire. The connections of the fish are known throughout the Jesus stories – feeding the multitudes, the miraculous catch, the resurrection brunch with fish. Today we focus on the call to follow Jesus and fish for people.

Spiritual Practice: Take a favorite Bible verse and try to write it using only emojis. Post it to the “Members and Friends of UCUCC” Facebook group or email it to office@universityucc.org.

July 11

Indigenous and Settler Relationships to Land and Place 
Preacher: Professor Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Text: Proverbs 8:1-9
We kick off Seabeck All Church Camp with a reflection from our featured speaker and a chance to explore our theme for the week. See articles about Seabeck to learn more about our online and in-person events.

Spiritual Practice: Seabeck week. Find an object that represents a new learning from Seabeck All Church camp. Create a representation of it – with a photo, a watercolor, a charcoal sketch, or pen and paper.

 

 

July 18 

Lighthouse 
Preacher: Rev. Amy Roon
Text:  Matthew 5:14-16
The center image in the UCUCC rose window is a lighthouse. Nautical imagery has been important to Christianity from the beginning – with images of boats, anchors, and fish. In a port-town like Seattle, traditional imagery is contextualized and modernized to speak to the people. How does merging nautical themes with the divine shine continue to speak to us today?

Spiritual Practice: Scripture uses light/darkness symbolism without racial overtones. In 21st century US society, this binary cannot be divorced from colorism and racism. Read this article: Make a list of new ways to express the meaning of the metaphor without reinforcing racialized imagery.

 

July 25 

Rainbow 
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Catherine Foote
Text: Genesis 9:8-17
The rainbow is a symbol out of the Hebrew scriptures as a sign of the covenant between God and all of creation. This relationship is not limited to humanity but extends affirming that all the earth is sacred. This symbology, within the church and beyond, continues to speak of expansiveness. The pride flag’s roots of “somewhere over the rainbow” dreams of a world where all are valued. The flag itself continues to evolve with the Philadelphia Pride flag explicitly honoring people of color and the Portland Pride flag extends to include colors associated with the transgender community.

Spiritual Practice: Learn about the orthodox tradition of praying with icons. Find an icon – ancient or modern – that inspires your spiritual awakening.  

Go Deeper with your spiritual practices throughout the summer: Read adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy. Look for the ways biomimicry informs her work. Explore middle ages mystic Hildegard of Bingen and how her visions continue to inspire new connections for spiritual growth. How does she use symbols and symbolism throughout her writings?