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.

Two weeks ago I received my first dose of the Covid vaccine. I had begun looking for an appointment as soon as our governor announced that my group was eligible, and after several tries I was able to get one in Redmond. So that Saturday morning I took the ferry over to the mainland and drove south to the clinic where my shot was waiting for me.

I arrived early, something not typical for me, but I was feeling anxious and did not want to be late. There were signs and volunteers directing the steady stream of cars to available parking, and the steady stream of pedestrians to the clinic. As I walked by the first volunteer and tried to say thank you, I suddenly realized I wasn’t going to get through this without crying.

First it was just watery eyes and a tight throat as I walked into the building. Then it was tears falling as I stood in line and when the person at the desk asked if I had an appointment. I could barely get out the word “Thanks” when another volunteer directed me to an open vaccination station. And when the man holding the needle cheerfully asked me my name, I answered with a full blown sob. Then I choked out, “Catherine.”

All of this is to say that clearly I have been having way more feelings about stuff than I am aware of.

The truth is I haven’t cried much during this pandemic, even though I have experienced deep grief. But there I was, in a room full of strangers, more people than I’ve been around in almost a year, and I couldn’t stop my tears.

After I received my shot I went into another area to wait out the 15 minute window to be sure I didn’t have any immediate allergic reaction. Then I headed back to my car. I was through most of my tears and I noticed another response. Suddenly I wanted to go to a restaurant, sit down, and have something to eat. I used to eat out all the time, grabbing a bite as I rushed through my busy day. But since last March I haven’t been in a restaurant. Now all of a sudden my old brain kicked in, as if the last year of home-cooked meals hadn’t happened, saying, “Let’s go back to the old way.”

It didn’t stop there. As I got in my car and drove away from the clinic, I passed a theater. “I wonder what’s playing there?” I thought. “Maybe I’ll catch a movie.”

Good heavens! Clearly my thinking had reverted to a pre-pandemic mindset. Almost.

As soon as those thoughts popped up, my other brain said, “Stop that. First of all, you just got the shot a few minutes ago. And your second shot is four weeks out. And the world is still in pandemic mode. Just stop that.”

And more than “Stop that,” I also thought, “Wow. How fast was that? I do not want to go back to my old way of being.”

All is of this is to say I clearly have more work to do.

Throughout this year I have had the opportunity to become more aware of life’s fragility and its preciousness. I have left behind the hectic pace at which I used to live. For all the changes of the last year that I grieve, I also have experienced simpler and more reflective way of being. I have even baked my own bread, for heaven’s sake. And I have promised myself that I would hold on to these lessons. I was surprised at how quickly the old way of being said, “Welcome back.”

Isn’t that the way of out hearts? There is so much more going on in there than we are aware of. That spiritual task of knowing ourselves- our griefs, our patterns, our self-deceptions, and even our strengths- is much bigger than we might think it is.

When I finally got home from that first vaccine adventure I was exhausted. I ascribed my exhaustion to the vaccine, but I suspect it was also a side-effect of a year of grief and change, and a year of holding so much of that grief and change below my awareness, just so I can get through the moment.

I know that there are many who have been unable to schedule their first vaccine, and many more still waiting for eligibility. I know that the broken healthcare system this pandemic has unmasked is just one part of the broken systems this year has also made clear. I also know this year has invited us to new ways of seeing and of being that are worth holding on to.

We are not the same people that we were a year ago, thank God. And may God continue to lead us forward into whatever good thing is emerging in our world.

God be with me in my tears and in my turning. Even after I get that second shot.