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.

 

You how know when someone whispers it makes you prick up your ears and really pay attention? We immediately think it must be something important, something vital, something essential. A truth.

Last week I saw a lovely woman who can only whisper. There is something amiss with her vocal cords. This means I have to lean in close to hear her. It also means her every word is instilled with a sacred gravitas that only a whisper can bestow.  I’m glad for this because otherwise I would not have pondered this story she told me.

Years ago,  she and her husband took their infant son (under one year old) to the YMCA for swimming lessons. The instructors warned the parents not to freak out then they threw the babies into the pool. The babies floated to the surface face up. It was all fun to the babies but of course the parents nearly had heart attacks. I’m pretty sure those instructors had 911 on speed dial.

But cool thing is that the babies learned this kind of “self-rescue” so they didn’t panic if they fell into the water, they just turned over on their backs, floated and breathed.

I, too, remember that the first thing I learned in a swimming pool was how to float. The instructor said to me, “It’s a good thing you’re chubby. That means you are buoyant and that will help you float.” I didn’t know what “buoyant” meant. I didn’t care. I was too embarrassed that he said I was chubby. But he was right—I was the best floater in the class. I liked to float because it was relaxing. I could rest.

This got me to thinking that what we all need to do right now is float.  Many of us have worked and prayed for justice and peace, for democracy and truth, for equality and freedom. And now we feel as if we are drowning. We are angry and find ourselves thrashing about, desperate for solid ground. We are exhausted and despairing and feel like we are about to go under any minute. We need to float. We need to let ourselves be held by God.

But how? It sounds so easy and feels so impossible to trust God and have faith. Martin Luther King, Jr. gives us the answer.

“In the midst of outer dangers I have felt an inner calm and known resources of strength that only God could give. In many instances I have felt the power of God transforming the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope.”

Hope. The “buoyancy of hope” is what allows us to float. Hurray for the chubsters! So let us be hefty with hope and fat with faith. May we be buxom with belief and tubby with trust. Let us be obese with optimism, corpulent with courage.

I like this idea of spiritual self-rescue.  When we are exhausted and going under we know to hope and float and let Spirt renew and transform us. Thank you, God.

Thank you and happy birthday, Dr. King.