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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

     Earlier this week I sat down with two different gatherings to take a look at the Lord’s Prayer. We read several translations of it, and then we each wrote our own versions. Some of these are included below. This prayer is usually recited quickly and perhaps automatically—we don’t always think about what the words mean. But when we took some time to rephrase this prayer, questions arose. What name(s) do we use for God? Is “daily bread” literal or metaphorical in a place where people die of hunger? Are “debts” financial or something more akin to sins, faults, mistakes? Or both?
     As we read our prayers to each other, we heard “aha” moments. We also heard poetry. Some people were willing to loan me their prayers to post here. If you try this on your own and feel so inclined, you can post your efforts in the comments area below.
     We discussed what happens when you say a prayer quickly or slowly, when you use the same words every time or explore alternative phrasings.
     Here are samples of what we wrote.
     (A word of introduction to this first example: One person said she had read recently of God being as close as our jugular veins.

God (of my jugular)
Praise your holy name
show me how to promote
your plan today in all
my interactions.
Thank you for the abundance
I enjoy
Let me be as quick to
forgive others as you have
forgiven me.
Release me from self-obsession
You are the only one whose
power and glory are forever.

Our Alpha and Omega in whom we have our being you are holy.
May your goodness break through to us constantly.
May we follow the path to which you invite us
on this earthly, bodily journey and in whatever other
levels of existence there are.
Give us today the things we need to survive
and forgive us our mistakes
as we forgive the mistakes of others who have hurt us.
Keep us from wandering toward what will harm us or tempt us to do harm.
When bad things happen, save us.
For all begins and ends with you.

Abba I love and praise you. You forgive my faults and nourish my body and soul. Please help me live as you would have me live, especially forgiving those that wrong me. Help me stay away from things that are bad for me and live in your sight and listen to your call.

Loving mystery with many names
You dwell within and among us.
You are holy.
May we live as you have called us to live.
Nourish us in food for the body and food for the soul.
Help us to forgive others
and may we too be freed from judgment.
Move us toward wholeness and goodness and toward your love
For you dwell within us and among us and through us.

Holy One,
Here and everywhere your name is sacred.
May your way become our way.
May your desire for us become our desire
here, now, and always.
Give to us the physical and spiritual nourishment that we need
and forgive our failures as we forgive others who hurt us.
Keep us from wandering from you
and when we are in danger, save us.
For you are too wonderful for words,
too complex for our understanding,
too glorious for our song.
All begins and ends with you.

Our Creator, Spirit within us all,
Glorious and holy are you
May creation’s eyes be opened
  and live in peace, love and joy
May your artistry be seen and lived
In this life and in dimensions unknown to me.
Grant us fulfillment of our needs,
Help us make a way for forgiveness
through reconciliation and peace.
Hold my heart on a path true
and please don’t leave me in the hard times
You are my “ruah” breath, my
comfort, my Abba, my Jehovah Jirah,
the One we seek in unity, and
mystery and comforting love.