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.

Seabeck Book Club is reading An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

The Seabeck Book Club will return to An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, reading and discussing as follows:  1/03 We will visit the state Poor Peoples’ Campaign monthly meeting; 1/10 Chapter 7 Sea to Shining Sea; 1/17 Chapter 8 Indian Country; 1/24 Chapter 9 US Triumphalism and Peacetime Colonialism; 1/31 Chapter 10 Ghost Dance Prophecy, We have discovered that to get through white fragility” reactions it helps to start each meeting in prayer for forgiveness and wisdom.  Newcomers are welcome.

Racial Justice Book Club: My Grandmother’s Hands

The Racial Justice Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 18 at 12:00-1:30 on zoom. We are continuing to work with the book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem. This book truly leads the reader, one meditation at a time, through a practice evoking your feelings about trauma and then letting your body release them.

For more information on either of the book club meetings contact Beth.Bartholomew.208@gmail.com or contact the office at zoom@universityucc.org.

Book Review of The Water Dancer (a novel) by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2019)

This is a work of staggering imagination and rich historical significance about slavery in the South. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage and his mother was sold away. Hiram was robbed of all memory of her – but was gifted with a mysterious power which puzzles him as it pops up from time to time. He works in the fields until his father, owner of the proud plantation, makes him a house servant to help entertain guests. Then, as the plantation goes down hill, he further complicates Hiram’s life by assigning him as valet and protector of his uncouth all-white half brother.

This tale is backed by deep research to lay out for us the dramatic story of the atrocities inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen. Be ready for the stirring of emotions as you read of those of Hiram and his fellow Taskers in the field and house.