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.

 

“I do a lot of strength training because I like to feel strong. I’m 5-foot-2 but I like to feel like  a bada** and to know that I could kick someone’s a**. So I do pull-ups and do squats with the big-boy weights. My butt has never been higher and my abs have never been stronger.”

As much as I’d like that last sentence to be true, the above words were NOT said by me. No, it was a young “It” girl being quoted in a health/beauty magazine. Yes, it was my magazine. Don’t judge me—it was Mags for Miles so it was free. I like to look at the pictures.

But sometimes the vapid, absurd superficiality gets to me. This quote was one of them. I couldn’t help thinking what if this article was about someone paying attention to her spiritual life? What would that interview look like?

I do a lot of strength training because I like to feel strong.

“I do a lot of meditation and reading of spiritual literature because I like to feel strong. Reading my Bible, reflecting on Jesus and his teachings not only strengthens me, but grounds me as well. I’ve found there is wisdom to be had from many spiritual traditions. Buddha and Jesus—both bada**es!”

I’m 5-foot-2 but I like to feel like a bada*** and to know that I could kick someone’s a**.

“I’m 5-foot-2 and sometimes feel as if I should be sitting in the front pews like the kids. But as Saint Paul said, ‘When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I gave up childish ways.’ And that includes being okay with not seeing over everyone’s heads. I don’t mind being short, but I like to feel like a Healer and to know that I could help mend someone’s heart.”

So I do pull-ups and do squats .  .  . 

“So I learned about non-violent communication and reflective listening.  I feed my soul with music and Nature and hanging with like-hearted friends. And on Sundays I don’t do squat. I make it a real Sabbath.”

.  .  .  with the big-boy weights.

“The real tests—the big-boy weights—are dealing with coworkers and relatives I just don’t like! Much easier volunteering for Teen Feed or hospice! I take comfort in the fact that Jesus said, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ But he never said anything about liking one another. Small comfort in that though. Then I ask myself, ‘Am I looking in a mirror?’ If not, then I try to find at least one positive thing about everyone. It’s a discipline—a spiritual practice!”

My butt has never been higher and my abs have never been stronger.

“Because of my practice, prayer, meditation and just letting go, I find peace. My goals have never been higher and my resolution has never been stronger.”

The last paragraph of this interview the “It” girl talks about how she wants to do and prove a lot of things.

The only way you can do that is if you’re willing to fail. You’ve got to step out on the ledge and hope that it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t, and you get your heartbroken, but you’ve got take that chance. In the long run, it’s worth it to be bold.

All good but I think it’s smart to take a moment and ponder exactly about what we are being bold. Once again St. Paul offers guidance:

Acts 4:31

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.

So it’s not wise to be bold with just any old thing. And for the record, in a photo accompanying this interview she wears what appears to be a leather bra over a turtleneck sweater.

Like she said, “Sometimes you step out on the ledge .  .  “

And sometimes you fall off.