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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

About this series:

Theory of Change is a phrase that gets used, especially among non-profit organizations, foundations, and grant funders, to describe the methodology for promoting social change. The sacred spiral of organizing was developed by women of color looking to transform their communities. It is a framework that has been introduced in a variety of ways at UCUCC. Through connections with the Organizing for Mission Network, the theme from 2022’s Seabeck Church camp with Sister Kelly Marciales and Missioner Cesar Marciales, and with the “Faith and Land Initiative” cohort we are a part of with Church Council of Greater Seattle, we have pondered how this sacred spiral might meet us in the historic moment of potential for change.

The sacred spiral of organizing moves along a nonlinear path that builds relationships and moves toward transformation. This becomes a model for our inward and our outward spiritual journey. We begin with the “Sacred Encounter,” the place where listening draws us out of ourselves into something bigger; we move to “Sacred Unveiling,” revealing the place where we see there is potential for change and growth;  “Radical Invitation into Sacred Movement” is the place where we seek to expand our circles of connection to include more people; “Sacred Action” is the place where we are mobilized through our community and the gift of the Holy Spirit to bring forth the Beloved Community rooted in collective liberation; the “Sacred Pause” happens at each step in the journey, and is the place where we make meaning, enter into discernment, evaluation and reflection.

Spiritual Practice:

With our Lenten theme focused on building and strengthening relationships, we are inviting the church to connect and grow together. We are inviting you to schedule a one to one conversation each week. These are intended to be natural but uncommon conversations to hear someone’s hopes, dreams and party of their story of faith. Plan to spend at least a half an hour just listening to their story.  Here’s some ideas of folks to ask to meet:

  • Someone you’ve seen at church or online but you don’t know very well
  • A friend with whom you haven’t connected in a while
  • Someone from a different generation
  • Have a spiritual conversation with someone outside the church
  • Someone involved in a ministry about which you know very little
  • Someone in a small group, ministry, or worship service that you want to spend time catching up
  • Anyone you think of! Yeah, that person, who just popped into your mind. Ask them. Yep, that one too! You can have as many of these conversations as your schedule can handle.

If you are someone that struggles with asking someone to chat, feel free to use the line “I want to try our spiritual practice and I wonder if we can chat?” These can be in person, on zoom, or on the phone. They can be at a coffee shop or a corner of the sanctuary. Try not to squeeze it into a place you’re already doing something else (during a committee meeting or in a crowded coffee hour doesn’t lend to deep listening). Have fun with this!

For those gathering at the UCUCC campus on Sunday mornings, we will have two labyrinths set up in the chapel before worship to walk these “sacred spirals” as an embodiment of the collective journey during this season.

Feb 26
Sacred Encounter
Acts 16:11-15
Rev. Amy Roon, preacher

Mar 5
Sacred Unveiling
Jeremiah 8:8-12; 18-22
Rev. Amy Roon, preacher

Mar 12
Sacred Pause
Luke 6:12-19
Rev. Steve Jerbi, preacher

Mar 19
Sacred Movement
Matthew 4:18-23
Rev. Amy Roon, preacher

Mar 26
Sacred Action
Nehemiah 2:16-3:2
Rev. Steve Jerbi, preacher