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. 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.

If you’re over twenty five or so, you most likely remember exactly where you were twenty years ago today. Yesterday a friend of mine posted on Facebook “Twenty years is a long time. Twenty years is not a long time.” He is Canadian. And he remembers.

Here on the west coast I was on my farm in Oregon. I had finished my chores and was coming in from walking the dogs. A friend who was staying with me was still asleep. The night before we stayed up late canning fruit, and twenty one pints were lined up on the counter. I was pleased that every jar had sealed.

Then I turned on the news.

That moment of confusion, and then shock, and then overwhelming grief.

On days like today, my memories can almost overwhelm me. Maybe you are having the same experience. All week we have heard the stories and seen the pictures that take us back to that day in our own hearts.

In response to the grief, the anger, fear and hate that were unleashed that morning became deadly too. Islamophobic violence cost lives. In less than a month we had sent troops to Afghanistan. Twenty years later we are still witnessing what those responses to pain can cost.

Still, what I find when I go to my own heart is not just grief, or anger, or fear. What I also remember are the surprising kindnesses of that day and the weeks that followed. The responses of the community of Gander, Newfoundland where flights from around the world were sent to wait are legendary. Responses in New York and Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania were heroic. But even in my own world, in small ways, I witnessed kindnesses too. Strangers’ eyes seemed to carry genuine care when they met mine on the street or in the store. Drivers slowed down on the roads to let my car merge. When I came up to Seattle that next weekend to meet the congregation that would soon call me as a pastor, that sense of care holding me continued. Strangers. Saying hello. Asking each other how they are. Extending simple kindnesses.

Today with all my memories, with the candle I will light, with the prayers I am sending for those who still grieve the losses of that day and the losses that have stemmed from that day, and for a country and a world that still seems to turn from grief to anger to hate to violence, and alongside my ongoing commitment to the work of dismantling systems of oppression, I have one more way of remembering. Today I recommit myself to kindness.