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.

photo (21)It will come as no surprise to most folks that I have always like the Christmas carol, “The Friendly Beasts.” The song is based on the legend that at the stroke of midnight, as Christmas day begins, animals talk. Of course, if you’re going to have a story about a baby born in a manger, sooner or later someone is going to start playing with the likelihood that there were animals there. And then it is only a short step to begin making up stuff for the animals to do. “‘I,’ said the sheep with the curly horn. ‘I gave him my wool for a blanket warm. He wore my coat on Christmas morn. I,’ said the sheep with the curly horn.”

There is something profoundly comforting about imagining the infant Jesus being surrounded by friendly beasts. We put the pictures in the story books we give our children. We dress up our manger scenes as if a shepherd awakened on a hillside by singing angels would have slung a lamb over his shoulder as he headed down the hill to town. Some crèches even have enough sheep to suggest that the shepherds brought their whole flock running with them to the manger as they came with haste to find who was lying there. The reality of it all is, of course, very different. I can’t imagine bringing lambs anywhere if I am in a hurry to get there. And how would I bring a whole flock? At least one of our church’s Christmas picture books includes a Border collie arriving at the stable with the shepherds- an absolute necessity in my opinion if you are going to bring a bunch of sheep to a birth. And it had better be a very good border collie at that.

photo (17)As for being born in a stable, well. . . . I once helped my veterinarian do a caesarean delivery of a lamb out in my barn. I was surprised by the lengths to which he went to try to create some kind of sterile environment out there amidst the muck. There he was, carefully donning gloves, unwrapping packets of instruments, responding to possible contamination as if he was in a pristine operating room. The lamb was not alive when we got to it, but with good antibiotics, the ewe survived that surgery. I picture Mary having her first child in a stable and I shudder.

I am sure the writer of the Gospel of Luke intended us to shutter. And then to notice. And maybe even to imagine the animals there. Stories of Jesus’ appearance, or of Mary’s visitation to faithful followers of her son in the 2,000 years since that first story was written, have always highlighted the poorest, least reputable, most discarded of the world as the place where God shows up. The point is clear. If we are truly searching for God’s presence, we could do a lot worse than to look in unexpected places, and to listen for unfamiliar voices.

As the animal legend is told, even today, if you are in the right place at the right time, you might hear the animals speaking, praising God, even laughing together in joy in the first moments of Christmas day. In some countries it is said that children sneak off to stables to listen for the sound.

photo (3)On Christmas Eve our church has a candlelight service of lessons and carols that ends at midnight. Back on the farm, my sheep are already in the barn, settled down for the night. Because I am in Seattle and they are on Whidbey Island, I have never been there to test the legend of talking sheep. But no matter. I have been listening to the sheep all year. And they do, indeed, say “Praise.”