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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

Seeking nurturing, collaborative, creative partner in team ministry

University Congregational United Church of Christ (UCUCC) in Seattle is seeking candidates for the permanent, full-time position of Minister of Worship and Care (MWC) within our framework of co-equal team ministry.

As a church, our vision is to walk together on God’s transformative adventure, following a path of love and justice as revealed to us by Jesus. We aspire to be a place of vibrant Christian worship, nurturing community, and imaginative spiritual growth, where each congregation member lives out God’s call to advance God’s kin-dom of peace and justice.

To balance our deep-rooted engagements across numerous social justice initiatives (anti-racism work, housing the unhoused, environmental justice, LGBTQ+ justice, feeding the hungry), we seek a pastor whose nurturing pastoral presence and experience in building effective Parish and Pastoral Care ministries will help us to strengthen and innovate our internal ministries of care and spiritual growth.

The right pastor will further bring familiarity with and excitement about the innovative technologies that can be deployed to evolve online worship, continue our tradition of diverse, creative worship and music and a genuine delight in fostering connections both within our walls and into the wider world.

We are an active community of more than 750 members, with average Sunday attendance (when we met in person) of 275. A full description of our church and the position can be found in our

University UCC Local Church Profile.

Additional resources

The University UCC Website, provides helpful resources as candidates seek to learn more about our church. Within the Resources section of the site, the following articles may be helpful:  129th Annual Report, Futures Task Force, Church Governance (How our Ministries are organized).
The Archive of Sunday services may also prove useful.

Links to resources not on UCUCC website

Job Description Minister Of Worship And Care
Racial Justice Resolution
Article On Taking A Coillaborative Approach To Worship Planning
February 22, 2020 Staffing Proposal On Minister Roles
2022 Budget Approved By Congregation 11 12 2021
UCUCC Eleven Year Church 2010 2020
Quick InSite Report
The Marks of Faithful and Effective Ministry

Team ministry

Our church has three co-equal pastors in a team ministry. Together the three ministers make up the Leadership Team. The position that is the subject of this search is the Minister of Worship and Care.

Duties

All members of the Leadership Team, including the Minister of Worship and Care, share certain duties, including:

  • Conducting worship and preaching (equally divided among the three ministers)
  • Supporting the lay leadership of the church
  • Pastoral care
  • Dedication to the success of the team ministry model, fostering teamwork, emphasizing collaboration
  • Commitment to promoting an environment that is actively engaged in dismantling institutional racism

The Minister of Worship and Care also has duties that are specific to their position, including:

  • Leading the planning and organization of worship and music, including managing the production of online worship (done with the support of lay volunteers, the Director of Music, and/or contract staff)
  • Leading and supporting the congregational care ministry
  • Direct supervision of program staff for worship and care.

Desired experience and abilities

  • At least three years of experience in parish ministry or equivalent work, life or educational experience
  • Solid understanding of progressive theology
  • Excellent preaching
  • Collaborative approach to ministry, suitable for team ministry
  • Experience in planning and overseeing both online and in-person worship
  • Experience facilitating the creation of entry points to deepen engagement and community and inspiring volunteers
  • Team and relationship building skills with excellent follow-through.

Salary

Compensation will range from $70,000 to $95,000 per year depending upon education and experience.

Further information and how to apply

Interested candidates may download and review the University UCC Local Church Profile. Applicants may contact Mike Denton at mike@pncucc.org.

 

 

 

University UCC seeks a new parner for its team of three co-equal ministers