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.

There are two definitions of the word “epiphany.”  Spelled with a capital “E” Epiphany refers to the Christian story of the long journey of the Magi to Bethlehem. They arrive at a stable and lo and behold, there is the Messiah lying in a manger. This story defines “epiphany” as an appearance or manifestation of a deity.

Then there is epiphany with a small “e” which means a sudden revelation. This is where you completely change a long held belief because you have a swift insight that makes everything clear. Or maybe you suddenly realize the solution to a problem you’ve been contemplating for a while. What do these two definitions have in common? Right. The long journey.

To be clear: finally deciding what to order for breakfast at a diner is not having an Epiphany—unless you’ve been sitting there looking at the menu for several weeks.

I recently had an epiphany and it was this: Change your expectations!

Here is the story. There are people in my life whom I dearly love, but who don’t understand and can’t support my dreams. They cannot relate to what I love or why I love it. So they don’t ask me about what I’m doing or seem interested if I bring it up. Then I feel hurt and disappointed.

Wise up, girlfriend! (Spirit usually speaks to me in italics.)

I pondered this Holy Command and suddenly it came to me: You don’t keep chickens and get upset when they don’t give you milk. They lay eggs. They can’t help it—they’re chickens!  Love them for the eggs! Love them for Sunday dinner. Just don’t expect milk from them.

Ah, yes, I get it! But I pondered some more.  Even worse than not getting what I’d like from these friends, is that what I want to give them, they don’t want. Back to the barn yard! No matter how you sell it, what kind of bowl you put in, chickens are not overly excited about grass or hay. They want grains, seeds, insects, vegetables–mealworms. Don’t be surprised when chickens turn their feathery backs on you when you arrive with an armful of fresh hay or a pile of grass.

Jesus talks about something similar in Matthew 7:6: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Of course they will! Dogs are not interested in prayer wheels and pigs certainly do not want pearls. These things are not helpful or valuable to dogs and pigs, so why waste your time?

Once I realized this, a heavy mantle of dread and sadness fell off my shoulders. What a relief! Love them for who they are and not who I want them to be. Yes. I wish I had this epiphany years ago, but by definition, epiphanies involve a long journey—and a sudden realization. The Magi may have seen the stable from afar and gradually got closer and closer but it was not until they laid eyes on Jesus that they had their epiphanies.

What have been your biggest epiphanies? Were they life-changing? What are you pondering at this time in your life?

An offshoot of my epiphany is that I came to appreciate those in my life who not only understand and support me, but appreciate the gifts I bring. I thank them.