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.

Folks, I made up a word. Tenderfierce. Tenderfierce: a softness that compels one towards protectiveness, action, anger, hope, energy. It’s a state of being or a descriptor. Tenderfierce is something we see in ourselves or in another person. We can feel or observe it through a season or in just a moment. Tenderfierce is a little like “tough love” although perhaps deeper, less obvious. It’s less: “I love you so eat your vegetables” and more: “I notice my own internalized racism so I am going to use curiosity and wonder to make room for understanding and courageous action.”

I made up or found (sometimes it feels like things just arrive in my soul) the word tenderfierce a couple of years ago. The timing isn’t important to me now, but the way the word has stuck with me is. Together with my practice of noticing, tenderfierce has been a guiding word these last couple of years. Coincidentally, the last couple of years have included a global pandemic and greater consciousness of systemic racism and destruction of our planet. These last 2 years have included personal disruptions, transitions and losses too. Tenderfierce has been a powerful guide.

I want to share an idea with you: what if we were to notice and uplift our tenderfierce moments/seasons as a community? For the next few months during our pastoral transition, I propose we do just that. I’ll take volunteers or make invitations for individuals who want to explore and then share a tenderfierce moment or season. Then, we’ll meet. You will have your stories and I’ll have my noticing skills and camera. We will make a tenderfierce portrait to share on this blog. I’ll write it up and shine up the pictures we make and post them (all with your consent and approval). Your church family will get the honor of listening to and seeing you. It’s a powerful thing to witness and be witnessed in a tenderfierce time.

Below, please find the first entry in the series: A Tenderfierce Portrait

“We are before the beginning & always becoming.” – Natalie Diaz

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene Brown

If You Need Meaning
In the ever-morning, meaning
is determined by light. It is ever.
The meaning. Meaning you
have a lifetime to figure it out.
When the light’s out. Or
when the ever is
out of the light.
Kimberly Grey

My mind often thinks in pictures these days. Not only that, but it mostly moves forward only when actively creating something. With my yarn or camera in hand, my thoughts travel along the path of memory, discernment, worry, growth, grief, new life. This has always been true but it’s just gotten to be more lately, you know? Since I can’t give you a reel of dialogue and emotion as it rolls through; since maybe you can’t discern anything palpable as you hold something I’ve made; this photo essay will offer a window.

In late 2019, my work at Children’s Hospital ended. I was a part of the Palliative Care Team, serving patients and families in life limiting situations. As 2020 began, there you were (UCUCC), with an interim need in Children’s ministry. After a little over a year, that was finished too. Through the spring, summer and into the now, I’ve been home. Just home. Of course, as a single parent of school aged kids (during a global pandemic), there’s never “just” home. There’s always something and I’m constantly working. It’s just different. Dramatically.

Many of you know I live with multiple sclerosis. I aim to thrive with it, but it is always a conversation between my body and I, with circumstances mostly outside of my control. So, I live with it. As my body has changed, so have my call, home life and even friendships. The main medication/therapy I’m on has compromised my immune system and though it’s doing its’ work, it has changed everything about my life and my family’s life during this long pandemic season.

I’m home. It’s pretty tenderfierce around here. Every single decision feels like it needs guidance from the tenderfierce discernment center that has taken residence in me. The biggest, most noticeable, notable is in my call to ministry.

The days of a typical “call” are most likely behind me. I probably won’t work for a hospital or church or hospice with regular hours, paycheck and expectations again. I’d still love to be surprised about this, but it just doesn’t seem possible. I’m (mostly) done railing against this reality with grief and anger. I’m (mostly) in the creativity and adaption phase.

After periods of transition and grief, I’ve noticed that my call keeps pace with change. It adapts. The tenderfierceness in this season is to find the essence and offer it in a way that is sustainable for me and meaningful for all of you.

So, ministry now takes the form of seeking light, sharing it, exposing it to conversation and community. Ministry takes the forms of seeing and being seen. Ministry takes the forms of inclusion, examination. None of this is all that different than it ever was, I realize. And it’s not all that much smaller, at least not to Love. Now I have a camera in my hand when I’m doing ministry. Now I’m offering spiritual direction alongside literal and figurative mirroring back. Now I offer my seeing in relationship to yours. Now I am called towards the preaching of the good news of unconditional love and the invitation to the welcome table, the water of life.

I love my call. If such a thing is possible, it loves me back. Though I am in a tender moment of change, I am fierce in my protection of my call, my essence. It will be alright.