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.

As we pledge our giving for next year, we know too well that the tragic needs of this year are still before us in many ways. Our November offering is dedicated to helping with the recovery of those whose very homes, whose family pictures and records, whose treasured mementos have gone forever in the flames. Many of these families have received emergency help, but now they are faced with longer-range objectives—rebuilding a home, possibly finding new work and new schools for children. It is here that our special offering can help those made homeless by this year’s unusually grim wildfires to stabilize and work toward those long-range solutions.

Though we can never replace such losses as families have suffered, we can offer our help as they make progress to again have a normal life. The agencies we have chosen to receive our offerings are Northwest agencies which are able to provide both emergency and long term assistance.

They are:

  • Oregon Wildfire Relief and Recovery (Oregon Community Foundation)
  • NCW Fire Relief Fund (Community Foundation of North Central Washington)
  • the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Wildfire Fund

People are waiting right now in emergency shelter for longer-range housing. Our help will make this possible for as many as our offering can stretch to cover.

For each of these families who have suffered from the wildfires, thank you for your giving!

In our own community…

We know that several members of our congregation have family who were affected. (We believe there may be others and if you wish to share this information, we would like to know.)  Kathy Young’s family in Oregon was especially hard hit. Her sister, Linda Schaefers, lost her home in the Holiday Farm Fire up the MacKenzie River in Oregon. Susan Cook’s brother also was ordered to evacuate his home there, although fortunately he later found that the fire had stopped two miles away. Kathy’s niece, Molly Blackburn and her husband also lost his family home in the Santiam Canyon Fire near Detroit, Oregon.
Molly writes of the loss of the home built by her own parents, I imagine the heat and the gasses from the fire blasting the glass in the kitchen and dining room, allowing the fire to enter our home uninvited. The flames licking and searching for fuel. The furniture my dad built, my sister’s prom dresses, my childhood teddy “Crunchy”, fly rods, my Dad’s Purple Heart and the blood soaked letter from my Grandma he had in his pocket on the day he got shot in Vietnam…
But we have memories — some of which I’ve had family and friends remind me of — I’m so grateful for them.