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 – and acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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 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.

We had never been in this part of the country before but we consulted our pretty little map and planned out our bike route.  We knew where to turn, how long to ride, where to stop for water. But we didn’t know about the hills. Big hills.

It was a cool and sunny morning—perfect cycling weather. We happily set out. I was humming the Wicked Witch of the West theme song which I like to hum while cycling. Perfect happiness!

And then, well, then my allegro humming turned to adagio and then largo. Hills! I didn’t know there would be hills. Instead of humming I soon began cursing, sounding like the Wicked Witch herself.

We stopped after an hour to drink water, eat a snack and rest. I used this time to complain.

Wes just nodded and said, “We couldn’t tell from the map it would be so hilly.”

I ranted a little longer about how hard it was and how much I hated the hills and how maybe I wouldn’t have come if I’d know there would be so many hills.

He took another swig from his water bottle and then said, “I just consider the hills part of the workout.”

Part of the workout? What a concept!

There are just a few times in life where someone says something that instantly and totally changes your perspective. This was one of those times.

Part of the workout: like struggling to lift a heavier weight to build strength, like doing sprints to build speed, like pushing yourself to run one more mile to build stamina.

We hopped back on our bikes and the hills seemed totally different to me. They were there to help me build strength and endurance! What did the downhill do for me except cool my armpits?

Later I thought about how it’s pretty much the same in life. We try to map out our lives and often we can see where the hills are going to be. But most often we can’t: accidents, illness, choices other people make which affect us.

Perhaps we can see these things as simply “part of the workout.” It doesn’t erase the difficulty or the pain or the struggle but it is to be expected. I think this is what Jesus was getting at in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that you will be whole and at peace. In this world, you will be plagued with times of trouble, but you need not fear; I have triumphed over this corrupt world order.”

Wait. Times of trouble?  Sorry disciples, it will not be a flat ride. Hills! It’s all part of the workout.

I have to remind myself in this time of racial unrest, of global pandemic and political insanity that: “It’s all part of the workout.” Seriously. To be expected.

And yet.

There are things I read and hear in news that make me stand with my good friend Job when he says,

“Please, God, I have two requests;

grant them so I’ll know I count with you:

First, lay off the afflictions;

the terror is too much for me.

Second, address me directly so I can answer you,

or let me speak and then you answer me.

(Job 14:20-22 The Message)

“Lay off the afflictions!” Have you ever said that to God?  Yes, yes, times of trouble, ride up the hill, it’s part of the workout but ENOUGH ALREADY!  The terror is too much for us.

I think perhaps Jesus was going back and forth between these thoughts as he carried his cross. As much as I want to lead the cheer, “Part of the workout!” I can’t do it without also shouting “Enough already!”

This is where we find the heartbeat of our faith: in the contradictions, in the paradox, in the fact that we can find joy in our struggles and at the same time know that we can say—and mean—Lay off the afflictions!

We can’t forget that last part of what Jesus said, “You need not fear; I have triumphed over this corrupt world order.”

Frankly, I’m still working out exactly what this means. I equate Jesus with fierce love and to me love trumps hate—if you get my drift. Perhaps we can find a triumph every day when we choose hope over despair and love over hate.

That will be enough for me.