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.

Online WorshipIt’s hard to get my head around the fact that I haven’t worshipped with all of you in person since February 9, 2020. David Anderson had just retired the previous Sunday, Kyna had only been with us for about a month. And I had just decided in early December to head to Malawi to visit my good friend, Masankho Banda.

We were flying home on February 29 and all the airport news, the world’s eyes were on Washington, as the news broke that the new virus—the one that was supposed to “just be like a bad flu” —had claimed its first victim in the US. A noticeably greater number of folks on our planes and in the airport were wearing masks than when we were flying out on February 13.

I made some regrettable snarky remark on Facebook about masks and overreactions… at first I walked it back because I became aware that I had not “read the room” well and realized I’d stepped in a place of deep anxiety for many. I would have no idea, of course, that a year later I’d own a collection of masks for myself and Benjamin; that I would always know where one is or have one on, that I’d feel self-conscious without one when in public.

I took the first days of March off to recover from jetlag and made it into our Wednesday worship meeting. I think we spent more time discussing how we could pass the offering plates than the scripture I was to preach on. That was the last workday at church in 2020. Within 48 hours our congregants with medical and scientific expertise were calling us and strongly recommending we not hold worship in-person that Sunday…which left me about 48 hours to plan and implement our first (and last) online worship from the Sanctuary. If you recall, it was a bit of a fiasco… we forgot about the time delay so while *we* started at 10 am, you were all waiting and wondering what was happening and the sound was awful. Going “live” was frankly pretty terrifying.

I was so grateful for how quickly everyone gathered to put that first service together. For the willingness of everyone to just dive in and do their best. It was the last hug I’d get from Heidi and I’m glad we risked it at the time.

I had only the slightest idea of what I was doing as I’d been avoiding “Facebook Live” for some time. So I called the only videographer I knew and asked if he’d be willing to come help us out. Thank goodness for a congregation with a virologist, an epidemiologist, a professor of nursing, and a videographer… who knew that particular combination would ever be so handy?

After the second Sunday morning live fiasco at Catherine’s farm… more sound issues, internet issues, power issues… Trent and I looked at each other and said, “You know, if we just gave up on doing this live we could actually put together something pretty good.”

Heidi had her doubts. What could this even look like? Trent, as always, was up for anything I could think of. I quickly assigned Catherine and Todd to get comfortable recording themselves and uploading files… good thing I’d always wanted to be a director/producer!

But week after week, what I am left with after a year of doing this… is that you all keep showing up. The choir is still gathering, We had over 150 participant-contributors to the Christmas Eve services. There is an average of 50-100 files involved in each weekly service now. With an average weekly view count of 804. And that’s you. All of you. Showing up. And sharing in God’s love. What a gift it is to be in this with all of you. To be church with you.