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 – and 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.

Council Meeting, Wednesday September 16, 2020 via Zoom

A quorum was noted at 7:00 pm and the meeting was called to order by Terry Moore. We went around the room and shared how we were doing and something that we are looking forward to this fall.

The group discussed and did grounding for our work and ministry, led by Catherine. We talked about characteristics of white supremacy culture which tend to show up in organizations and named “antidotes” to these tendencies.

AIR Form – “Racial Justice Action Team”

Discussion: Concerns included expecting L&J to fund this effort when it is a whole church effort as well as keeping communication going between multiple entities. Several thought that the pros and cons needed to be explored in more detail. The motion was tabled, and a group will convene to discuss.

COVID Action Team – Carol Ingram 

The Action team and Facilities Committee is moving forward with recommendations to increase air flow in the building. (Please see page 9 for article.)

Pastoral Search Team – Virginia Felton

The team had their 18th meeting yesterday. The Profile is posted, the congregation has been surveyed. They have evaluated 20 candidates to date and together have determined if an individual will be invited into the interview process. Candidates have been invited to interview and the team is working on scheduling. The team is also meeting with Diane Schmidt and Cynthia McCleod to continue to work on being as conscious as possible about individual and collective bias in the selection process. Ed Coleman offered that possibly Council could pull together a small group to work on the process for Council and the congregation to meet and join in conversation with candidates, so as to alleviate this bit of work for the search committee.

Financial report – Don Guthrie

Pledges are about 31,000 behind budget, however we are on a relatively normal trajectory for the year. Parking revenue continues to be much lower than expected and we don’t expect this to change significantly. Property taxes on lot C are about $30,000 per year now. One option is to declare the lot church parking only and then we would not have to pay taxes on it.

The current report does not include the $189,000 Paycheck Protection Plan loan. Kyna will start the paperwork to turn this amount of money from a loan to a grant. Financial projections to the end of the year will be updated for next month’s Council meeting, and both Don and Kyna think we will end the year in good shape financially.

Recruitment for Committees
Current bylaws say the Committee Chairs are responsible for recruiting new members. Kyna suggested that openings/needs can go out in the Friday email and she suggested that email not be used in place of a direct ask.