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.

You can’t depend on church to be the only place you receive inspiration, comfort or challenge. Sometimes you just don’t get it there. But that’s okay because God speaks in many different ways besides sermons, hymns or prayers. I learned this when we lived in Switzerland for a year and there was no English-speaking church at which we felt comfortable. So I learned to look for spiritual inspiration and guidance anywhere and everywhere.

I found it first in the fearless friendliness of our dog Max. I could not speak French and neither could he, but it never stopped him from greeting people with an exuberant wag. I learned to do this too although I substituted the wag for a big smile and a hearty, “Bonjour!” (I tried the wag in the mirror and it looked like I was either trying to shake a fly off my butt, or was using a tiny, invisible hula-hoop.)

I heard Spirit speak about courage and gratitude from a coworker of Wes’s who threw a dinner party for twelve—from her wheelchair. “I’m so happy to have you as new friends,” she said, sipping her excellent wine. “People are most important.”

These days I feel as if I get a new spiritual director every two weeks. That’s because I’m editing my new podcast, The Final Say: Conversations with People Facing Death. I did all of the interviews before COVID so it’s been a while since I’ve listened to them. It’s been like finding overlooked Christmas gifts under the tree.

Because I’m not yet skilled at audio editing, I have to listen to these interviews over and over again. I feel as if Spirit is speaking to me through every one of these people. The wisdom and insight they each share seem to be exactly what I need to hear.

So from Bob I learned that the meaning of life is to find the gift and the purpose of life is to give it away and make the world a better place. He also taught me that yes, death is the unknown so be ready for a surprise! He had a twinkle in his eye when he said this. “Above all,” he said, “End with a thank-you.”

From Hal I learned that everyone sees the end of their life differently and we need to respect that. It’s kind of like childbirth: natural or spinal block? Not up to me! It’s the same with death—we need to support the choices people make. Hal absolutely refused any final good-byes.

Genko, a Zen Buddhist priest, reminded me that life is unpredictable. If you think you have everything figured out, just wait a minute. She grew up Quaker and shared with me advice from her father.  He told her that she had to be still in Meeting and, “If you have a worry, do what I do. There’s a deep well inside of you. Take that worry, drop it deep inside the well and forget about it. It might not be during Meeting, but sometimes, something will bubble up and you will have an answer to your worry.”

I loved hearing her tell this story, and believe me, I heard it several times as I tried to adjust audio levels and block background noise. The final time I heard it, I thought, “Isn’t this exactly the same as saying, ‘Let go and let God?’”

Such fabulous advice. I felt that Spirit was speaking to me as well.

From Susan I learned that everyone would do better if they lived like they were dying. Yes, she even pulled up Tim McGraw’s country Western song on her iPhone. She said that because she really is dying, she took the lyrics to heart and began to, “love deeper, speak sweeter and give forgiveness that I’d been denying.”

Right now I’m working on Bill’s episode. I am savoring the answer he gave when I asked him about the biggest surprises in his life. “One was getting to know Laura! I knew she was beautiful. I knew she was smart. But I didn’t know how truly wise she was. She is one of the most generous people I have ever known. She sees good everywhere–even in persons who are angry or disillusioned or politically far apart.”

Every time I heard this clip, I thought of Jesus saying, “Love one another as I loved you.” And by that he meant unconditionally, which is a pretty tall order. But I love being reminded of it in this new and different way. I love aspiring to it. And I really love how much this man adored his wife.

We can hear, see, and feel God speaking to us everywhere and anywhere. I’m learning to not only look for it, but to expect it. Yes, it is ironic that this podcast title is The Final Say and yet, I continue to hear Spirit speaking. So perhaps God has no final say. Something to ponder.

Like Bob suggested, I want to end with a thank-you. So thanks for reading and thanks for commenting.

 

 

*If you don’t regularly listen to podcasts on  your phone, you can access all the episodes from your computer. Click the link above or right here:  The Final Say podcast.