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.

We are now into our third season of coronavirus distancing, and the evidence of summer turning to fall is everywhere on my farm. The apples continue to drop, providing a steady diet for me and for my sheep, who love having the windfalls scattered across their pasture every morning. Only the youngest lambs are still lamb-like, and even they are getting big. The fields are greening up again as the rain returns. I do love the turning of the seasons.

And this year, this change of seasons is reminding me of how long we have been apart. Through spring and summer, and now into fall. I do miss being together in person with my faith community.

But in the meantime, I confess, I have loved the opportunity that this time has given me to experience on-line worship with other faith communities. Just this last Sunday before our worship service started I was able to jump in briefly to a service down in Long Beach, California, my home town. I have also dropped in to worship services at Plymouth UCC here in Seattle and at First Congregational in Bellevue.

And it’s not just on Sunday that I get to do my church hopping. Any day of the week, any time of day, I can “go to church.” I’ve worshipped with friends in Louisville, KY and San Jose, CA; and with strangers in London, England. They don’t even know I’m there. In this liturgical season of Covid, there are sermons everywhere.

This different way of worshipping has been both a grief and a gift of this time. I so miss the deep connections of gathering, singing, speaking, listening, and praying together, in person. And yet I love the connections of visiting the worship services of colleagues I was never be able to be with when we each were with our individual congregations at a specific time and in a specific place on Sunday mornings.

Maybe this is just a preacher-nerd thing. Maybe for most folks one sermon a week (or even less) is enough. But I am luxuriating in the fact that there are now sermons everywhere.

And of course, when I stop and think more deeply about it, I realize that has always been true. Not in the sense that I could browse the internet late at night to join some colleague’s on-line, already-finished worship service and be there with them even if their service is now ended and they have long since gone to bed. But in the sense that God is still speaking and my on-going task is to open my ears to listen. As St Francis is known for saying, “Preach constantly. If necessary, use words.” Although St. Francis probably never said that, and I actually love a wordy, well-crafted sermon, I do admit that, words or not, there have always been sermons everywhere for anyone who is listening and watching for them.

And that is a good thing. In these very difficult times, I need all the sermons I can get. I’m not saying I need to be “preached at.” As Mark Twain has observed, “No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.” What I am saying is that I do need a constant reminder to ground myself in the gospel of Jesus, which is, at its heart, the good news of God’s unstoppable and unrelenting love. A sermon can be, as some define it, “a long, tedious speech,” or, from its root, a weaving together and clarification of a deep spiritual truth. I am certain that in my several decades of ministry I have done the former. I also hope I have done the latter as well.

I suspect I am not the only one who needs such weaving together and clarification, such ongoing grounding and encouragement. So may you also, whenever you have the need of comfort or courage or compassion, find sermons everywhere.