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.

             Many seasons occur on the church calendar, some familiar as Christmas and Easter, and others I must research.  Epiphany!  For me, an epiphany is an AHA! moment when something is finally understood.  My Google research tells me it is also a Christian celebration twelve weeks after Christmas when the Magi spotted a star that led them to a manger where they would find the newborn king.  Putting myself among them, I ask, “Why at this moment are we looking for a newborn king?  What is there about that star that assures guidance to the birthplace?  Are we ready for new leadership, and how do we know we are ready?

             “Mrs. Kollar!” a student returning from her freshman year in college greets me, as she confidently bounds into what was her last year’s senior English class.  “I have learned so much in my English 101 class at the UW.  Did you know that ‘between you and I,’ isn’t grammatically correct, because between is a preposition and it needs an objective pronoun?”

            These weren’t her exact words, but she and other college returnees excitedly share some “newly discovered” wisdom that I had taught the year they sat in the front row of my senior College Prep English class.  They may have recently “learned” that Emily Dickinson was a recluse or Walt Whitman sold verses of Leaves of Grass on street corners in New York.  How excited they are to fill me in on what I “failed” to teach the year they were in my class.  I could groan with disappointment.  Instead, I share their joy that their minds are still engaged in learning about their English language and literature.

            Since those students left, I had an epiphany in the sense of an Aha! understanding.  Here it is: what matters in education is not only the delivering of subject matter but the readiness of students to learn.  I had not failed teaching about prepositions or the poems of Dickinson and Whitman; however, some students weren’t ready to take it all in.  In college they were ready.

            All of our lives we stumble on readiness – or the lack of it.  Potty training!  I still recall turning to the index of my Dr. Spock (the pediatrician, for you Sci Fi fans).  A conscientious mother, I was going to set up the pink plastic potty for Colleen as soon as the book told me she should be ready.  Caution:  should be ready.  Only my little girl would determine when she was actually ready for the first tinkle to reward my anxiety.

            If I taught only one literary work, it would be Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In that play there is so much universal truth and psychology. In the final act, Hamlet is about to have a duel with Laertes, a fight that he will likely lose. Hamlet’s friend, Horatio, tries to dissuade him from the match, because Laertes is by far the better and more practiced swordsman.  Hamlet won’t be deterred, saying, There’s special providence in the fall of a sparrow.  If it be now, ‘tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come.  The readiness is all. ( Hamlet, V, ii, 230-233).  Hamlet knows he will die, so when he dies is not his concern.  What is important is his readiness to die.  He is ready.  How perfect for Act 5 and for preparing the audience to accept his death.

            What boosted Hamlet’s readiness he found in the book of Matthew:  What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. ( Matthew 10:29-31 New Living Translation) Hamlet feels God’s grace, a grace that readies him for any destination.

             Back to those Magi getting ready to take that trip to Bethlehem. As with any journey, they will have loaded saddle bags with provisions, and we know they thought of gifts.  They were ready for their journey. It must have been a long, tedious camel ride following that star, a ride that provided time for reflection and prayer.  I can’t imagine one shouting to another along the way.  But that plodding prayerfulness may have heightened their readiness to meet the newborn king.

             Here in dark January, how can I use contemplative time to prepare, to be ready so when an epiphany comes, I will recognize the gift of understanding?