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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

This post is, at its core, a gratitude post. It is a long way of saying thank you to everyone who reached out to me with care and concern in my recent experience with Covid. And it is about how that experience changed me, or if not changed, reminded me again of how much such care matters. And all of that is reflected in my attitude toward a little yellow circle with eyes, a smiling mouth, and arms hugging a red heart.

I am one who has been slow to adopt “emojis,” which, defined simply, are picture reactions or statements formed from images rather than words, and used in electronic communications.

It took me a few years before I started using any emojis. Until this very blog, I have never typed a semicolon with a parenthesis to indicate a sideways winking face, which was one of the first emojis. ; )

As emojis became more sophisticated and ubiquitous, it was still a long time before I used a “thumbs up,” or “like” emoji on Facebook. It was even longer before I started using it to reply to text messages. I have preferred words.

But the “like” button is a quick and easy way to say “Yes, I read your FB post and it made me smile.” And as I started receiving more and more “thumbs up” responses to my text messages, I saw how quick and easy those were too.

Still, I tried to keep it simple. “Thumbs up” was as far as I wanted to go. Anything beyond that, I would use my words.

Then I discovered the FB “love” emoji. It turns out there are some things I more than “like.” Especially now that for the last year and a half I’ve been worshipping with my church online, the love emoji has served me well. A “Passing the Peace” picture of someone heading off for their first day of school? “Love.” Two young siblings lighting candles at the beginning of worship? “Love.” The choir in all their digital glory? “Love, love, love.”

So for quite awhile the emojis “like” and “love” said all I had to say, emoji-wise at least. And if they didn’t cover it, there were still words.

Then I was diagnosed with Covid. That’s when I discovered the power of “care.”

The Facebook “care” emoji is a bit strange. That yellow circle with eyes, eyebrows(!), and arms that are wrapped around a red heart actually moves when you tap it, as if to hug the heart and draw it in closer. It was created as a seventh emoji at the beginning of this Covid pandemic. If you’re keeping track, the other six incude thumbs up and heart (the full extent of my previous repertoire), as well as laughing face (that one looks smirky enough that people often use it to express derision), surprised face, sad face with tear, and red angry face. I don’t think I’ll ever use those last four.

A Facebook representative said the “care” emoji was developed to give people an additional way “to show support for one another during this unprecedented time.”

Before I got Covid, I didn’t care much for the “care” emoji. It just looked strange to me. But when I shared my Covid diagnosis on Facebook, it was the “care” emoji that people responded with the most. Along with so many kind comments, i found that I was grateful to receive that “care” emoji.

I already knew that Covid is a lonely and isolating disease. But three weeks ago when I went into quarantine I experienced that isolation first hand. Day to day, I didn’t know which direction the symptoms would go. I worried about my sister and her family, also diagnosed with Covid. I worried about my housemate Meighan, who was taking care of me and trying not to get sick herself. I worried about the folks in my congregation who were worrying about me.

And through it all, I kept receiving messages of care. Cards poured in at a level that no doubt made my mail carrier wonder what was going on. I read each one and received the encouragement and compassion intended by the one who sent it. People called to check on my, texted their concern, and brought by food. One friend even mailed me some chicken noodle soup. And every time I checked my Facebook account, there were more messages of support. And more care emojis.

Social media at its best. In a lonely time, it reminded me I was not alone.

I am grateful to be recovering now. I am a full week past quarantine, and although some symptoms linger and recovery will take time, I am doing well. I am grateful that my case was a mild one. I know many who have lost loved ones to this disease, and many who are still dealing with “long haul” symptoms.

And again I, who have spent a lifetime caring for and praying for others, was reminded by the outpouring of care I received, how much it matters.

So in these last three weeks I’ve learned to use the care emoji. In fact, now I don’t even hesitate. I use it all the time.