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.

 

Since our vacation last week,  I’ve been forced to rethink some long-held beliefs about what I consider very important issues. The first is pre-marital counseling. I’ve always felt that for most young couples, pre-marital counseling is a good idea.

When I meet with a couple, I make sure they answer huge questions like, Will we have kids? How many? Who is going to stay home and care for them?  Will we raise them in a faith tradition? If so, which one? What marriages have we admired and want to emulate? How will we nurture our spiritual lives? What is your love language? Plain or peanut?

I’ve always thought that if you spend a fair amount of time discussing these questions, you will know pretty quickly if your future marriage is really going to last.

Well, forget all that.

Instead, I now suggest that a couple drive a car with manual transmission around the United Kingdom on one-track roads.* The more gorgeous (and hence distracting) the  scenery, the better.  If you’re confident that your relationship is solid, I will then throw in extra credit of round-abouts, frolicking lambs and/or Highland cattle with adorable bangs.

If this sounds like Scotland to you, then you are correct. My own almost 37-year marriage was strenuously challenged with this test which included the extra credit. I was exhausted at the end of every day. No, I was not behind the wheel, but I was driving—in my mind. I was also constantly calculating who would be injured most—me going over the cliff, or my husband in the head-on collision.

Not familiar with the term “one-track” road? It is a one lane road that has room for only one car. What if two cars are coming toward one another? They have what they call “passing places,” into which the closest driver is supposed to pull over to let the other pass. I truly thought these passing places were spots where people had died. You know—passed on. It made perfect sense since the speed limit was SIXTY MILES PER HOUR.

Honestly, I cannot believe that I have any adrenaline or cortisol left in my body. The biggest challenge came at the end of the trip. The oncoming car who was going SIXTY MILES PER HOUR did not feel like pulling over into the passing place. That meant two cars in one lane.  We had to suddenly pull way over onto the shoulder and the bottom of the car struck a large rock. It made a really loud noise—an end-of-the-world type of noise.

The noise was so big that I involuntarily shouted a really bad word with such force that it blew my husband’s hearing aid out of his ear.  It went rocketing onto the wind shield and then bounced around the dash board like angry wasp.

Since the windows were down the passing car easily heard me and then he screeched to a stop. But he didn’t stay long—perhaps because he saw the flames shooting out of my eyeballs.

After my heart restarted and it was clear the car was fine, we looked at one another and laughed until we cried.

We drove on and then encountered something which then forced me let go of another long-held belief. I’ve always thought the phrase “breath-taking”  was a ridiculous, over-used, illogical cliché. I vowed never to use it.

But then we came around a corner and I involuntarily exhaled and then gasped. I was just stunned at this beauty. Yes—it took my breath away. I whispered, “From whence cometh my help?”  No, I did not actually remember that it was Psalm 121. But that night I looked it up.

Psalm 121

King James Version

121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

After reading it, all I can say is that I wish I had read it before we started our trip. Maybe I would have relaxed a bit. Of course the Psalmist does not mean nothing bad or hard will ever happen to us. But it does mean the Divine is right there, surrounding us—like hills.

 

*Drive on the left, steering wheel on the right, shift with your left hand.