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.

The Mwanzo Educational Center was closed a year ago by Kenya’s Ministry of Education due to the pandemic. Mwanzo’s teachers and staff began outreach activities—downloading and copying lessons, assembling schoolwork packages, then delivering these along with food and sanitation supplies to students and needy families. Students receive two nutritious meals each day when at school; closure translated into hunger for many. Teachers sometimes walked as far as six kilometers to deliver these packages and by September over 200 families had received assistance! Mwanzo also coordinated community outreach education about sanitization, health and safety measures and COVID-19 symptoms. Mwanzo’s donors, and an emergency relief grant to Mwanzo from One Day’s Wages, made much of this possible.

Fourth graders returned to school in October and school reopened fully in January, with 92 students the first week. Attendance has swelled to 225 currently, and with the Mwanzo bus operating again, children from neighboring villages are once again able to attend. With a new national competence-based curriculum, teachers, students, and staff are working hard to make up for those lost months!

News and a Spring Celebration

~Rose Morrison, Mwanzo Board Member

As I walked through Montlake several days ago, a young tree caught my eye. It pushed deep pink double blossoms up to the sky as if reaching for the slim ray of sunshine that had found it. My heart, weary of winter and COVID, was struck by a spark of joy! 

My thoughts turned to the community of Rabuor, on the other side of the world, and affirmed that no matter the continent or latitude, they too have weathered a COVID winter. Having received recent news from them, I smiled to know they are seeing signs of renewed hope and growth, facing their future together. Here is the news from Rabuor village about the school and surrounding villages: 

With 225 students, The Mwanzo Educational Center is humming with activity. Both teachers and students are working diligently to make up lost time: traditionally students progress to the next grade in January; this year graduation will take place in July. Due to testing schedules, fourth graders returned to school in October. All other grades returned in January. Jonathan Aluoka, Kenya country manager of Mwanzo, reported that the recent evaluation the fourth-grade students and ongoing competence-based evaluation of the rest of students show “great improvement”. With the Mwanzo bus again in operation, more students from neighboring villages have been able to attend.
In addition to standard classes, students are learning botany and are hands-on in extracurricular agriculture/gardening and home sciences activities.

Solar panel installation is planned in the week of March 21, during the school break. The Mwanzo community is profoundly grateful for the support that enabled this project! Reliable solar panels will power cell phones, computers, other electronics, water pump and future school kitchen ovens.

A new, two-story Mwanzo Community Center is being planned. It will occupy the cleared site of an old, condemned building near the school. The communities of Rabuor and Mwanzo hope to construct this over the next few years. The architect’s preliminary drawings show the ground floor including an early childhood education and day care center (moving from the main school building), an office, a health care room, and cybercafé. The second floor

will house a library, multi-media computer lab, a large meeting room, and storage. 

A unique collaboration – Mwanzo has partnered with the graduate students and faculty of the Wake Forest University Department of Engineering to design and install a filtration system for the cisterns and piping that supply 40,000 liters of collected rainwater for washing, drinking and cooking. 

The following news from beyond the school highlights the community working together, even under challenging conditions:

When public gatherings were prohibited this past year, Rabuor’s women envisioned starting a tree planting program! They asked a local expert agronomist for training and selected varieties suited to the community’s needs and the climate changes Rabuor is experiencing. Seedlings of many varieties are now nearly ready to be transplanted. The project will be a step towards mitigating deforestation accelerated by cutting trees down to make coffins during the height of HIV/AIDS. New trees will sustain community life with shade, food, traditional medicines, and wood as a primary cooking fuel. 

After months of being “on hold”, catering for community events has carefully been resurrected, with safety precautions in place.

The resilience and community-centered lives of Rabuor continue to inspire me. I believe we have much to learn from their example – the Hope in Mwanzo gives me hope! 

Mwanzo deeply appreciates being the recipient of April’s UCUCC Special Giving collection. Watch for more information at our on-line worship services in April to see how your giving will impact others.