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.

…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks…
– Isiah 2:4

On a recent cold and rainy December evening, a small group gathered on the stone patio just outside the north doors at University UCC. They included two pastors, a couple in their late sixties, an adolescent male  a volunteer for a nonprofit called RAWTOOLS, and a woman in possession of six firearms that were weighing on her soul.

Our purpose in gathering was to bear witness to a modern take on turning swords into ploughshares.

The woman with the weapons was Tara Young-Brown, a former University UCC member now living in Olympia. The volunteer was Eric Hewitt, who had set up his vise and chop saw outside the church doors in order to transform these weapons back into their raw materials of steel, wood and plastic, stripping them of their potential for violence, and taking the fiirst step in their journey to becoming blessedly ordinary garden tools.

The weapons in question–one shotgun, several .22 caliber rifles and a handgun–had never been used to harm people. They had come into the Young-Brown household from an elderly relative who considered himself a sportsman. They had sat, wrapped in a green plastic tarp and bound with strong twine for a year. “Now it’s time to get rid of them,” Tara said. “we have to use our power where it is available to us.

Before we started, there was prayer, “Where there is darkness, let me sow light..”

We unwrapped the weapons and laid them on the ground. Then Eric began the task of rendering them useless. He clamped the first one into his vice, handed out safety glasses, and fired up the chop saw fitted with carbide tips for cutting through metal. The powerful saw came down on the steel barrel as sparks lit up the night. Once the first cut was completed, he made a second cut through the trigger mechanism.

It took nearly an hour for Eric to work his way through all of the guns. We stood, bundled against the damp cold, talking quietly about opposition to gun violence, about the Advent season, about cookies and warm drinks we wished we’d brought. We passed the handgun among us, struck by the awful fascination, the weight of potential violence that we experienced even as we  rejected it.

Clearly, we will not be free of gun violence anytime soon. In the hands of irresponsible or misguided people, guns and the damage they do will continue to plague us. Even so, as we stood looking down at the pile of destroyed guns on the way to becoming garden tools, we prayed that soon we would be able to use one of those garden tools in a community garden nearby.