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.


Jesus and I are watching the Olympics. He is a big fan but doesn’t like a lot of questions when the games are on. I ask, “So, Jesus—what do you do with those competing prayers? You know, ‘Make me win.’ ‘No, make me win.’”

He just gives me a look that says, “Wait for the commercials.”

He doesn’t mind if I make comments, just no questions. We are watching a replay of Women’s Snowboarding. One of the women falls hard, right on her butt and I say, “Even though they look like they’re wearing double-wide diapers in their pants, if I hit the ground like that, my pelvis would be—.”

“—Confetti,” he says without taking his eyes off the screen.

I’m not embarrassed for anyone to know that I watch the Olympics with Jesus because I take seriously his claim:  “Do not let your hearts be trouble, neither let them be afraid, for I am with you always.”  (John 14:27 + Matthew 28:20)


Whew! That’s pretty big—awesome actually. What I’ve discovered is that we really like this verse when we’re in the midst of deep grief or soaring jubilation. So it’s either life and/or death: “Please, Jesus,” or winning the lottery: “Thank ya, JAY-zuz!”

But in the everyday, brushing our teeth, watching the Olympics, going 35 in a school zone, we aren’t so aware of his presence. Why is that? Is it because the gospel stories are always about him doing something miraculous but not doing the dishes? Even washing the disciple’s feet (pretty mundane) was turned into a thing. It’s always dramatic: a fun wedding? Water into wine—another miracle! Death of Lazarus? A resurrection!

So this is why I’ve been talking to Jesus while chopping vegetables or vacuuming. Really nothing miraculous about that.

Finally the commercials and Jesus turns to me when they show the Olympic rings. “Citius, Altius, Fortius!” I say proudly. Faster, Higher, Stronger.  I only know this because my sister has a 1932 Olympic flag framed and hanging in her living room.

He nods and raises his hand—you know the gesture—you’ve seen it in a million Greek icons. Anyway, he raises his hand, gives me a sly smile and says, “Citius, Altius, Fortius—Communiter.” He reminds me that in 2021 the International Olympic Committee added the word, “together” to point out the unifying power of sport and the importance of solidarity.  Faster, Higher, Stronger—Together.

And isn’t that exactly what we’re trying to do as a church community? Serve with a love that is maybe not faster, higher or stronger but that is Deeper and Wider—together.

If you don’t think doing something together is unifying, try this little experiment: make your bed by yourself. You pull up one side. Too much? You run around to the other side—need more there. You pull again but it is too much toward the head? You run around to the foot—yikes, the mattress is showing. You yank it down from the bottom. But now is this side too short?

In the time it took you to read the above paragraph, your bed would be made if you did it with another person.  And doing it together creates this bond—a kind of first-thing-in-the-morning-get-‘er-done solidarity that can permeate your whole day.

I will watch the rest of the Olympics with Jesus (who never answered my question)—and my sister. Our laughter is truly stronger, louder and longer when we’re together.