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.

Walk, eat, walk, shower, eat, sleep, repeat.

Two years ago at this exact time I was walking the Camino de Santiago. Is that the reason why in the past few weeks, I find myself craving simplicity? That may seem crazy in light of a pandemic lockdown where we couldn’t go out and gather and do our normal busy lives. So maybe I’m anticipating the return to “normal” life and which could be a return to busyness. Or perhaps I yearn for the simple because I am involved in two very complex institutions: a very large hospital and a very large church.

One of things that I loved about the Camino was that I felt Spirit everywhere. Every town, hill, forest, plain had some aspect of the holy. Ironically, the places where I felt deeply connected to Spirit was not in functioning churches, but in the ruins of churches.

Moritz and I always found them irresistible. Whether cathedral or ruin, we always entered silently. If there was a place to sit, we sat for a good while. This particular church was for sure a ruin: crumbling in places, the tower cross askew. The inside was clogged with bird droppings, rocks and dirt. But then there was the altar. On it Camino pilgrims placed prayers, shells, olive branches, and flowers—some now dried to dust. But these were not just random tchotchkes, they were pilgrim prayers and hopes and dreams.

We knew that hundreds of thousands—maybe millions—of people just like us passed through here. It was a sacred space and so we sat—on the ground. Birds flew in, bees buzzed by, we closed our eyes and breathed. I felt all those Pilgrims—the Body of Christ down to my bones; felt immersed in the Body; immersed in Christ himself. Time passed—I think.

Then, as if we were in a Quaker meeting, we looked at one another and nodded. Time to go. There was no after church activity except to walk silently for a while and digest that spiritual meal we had just shared.

One thing the pandemic has forced me to do is find my own “church ruins,” a spiritual meal wherever I can. Often they are literally in my own backyard, digging among the ajuga or deadheading the rhodies. Sometimes it is in a hospital room, the “ruin” in this case being the body before me as the soul makes its way out.

I’ve grown to love these kind of accidental churches.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

So for those who are not yet ready to gather in person, besides the online worship, how can you find your accidental church, your holy space, your spiritual meal, not just on Sunday, but every day?

Maybe we just have to remember we are walking churches.