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.

When I was a child I wet the bed. My parents tried to be patient, but once I was in kindergarten their well of patience ran dry. They tried many things: no beverage with dinner; no asparagus (!?); in bed early—before my little sister. By first grade I knew how to strip a bed, put the sheets in washer and start it. I was too little to reach in and take them out, so I was off the hook for the dryer. None of this worked.

They resorted to badgering and shaming. It accomplished nothing. I didn’t want to wet the bed! My pediatrician Dr. Ibsen gently told my mom, “She’ll grow out of it. Just be patient.” I wanted to go live with him.

I was still wetting the bed in seventh grade. That summer I made a new best friend. She had just moved to California from Florida. I asked my mom if she could sleep over. My mom gave me a look that said, “It’s your funeral,” because a sleepover meant we would sleep in my double bed. Then she said, “And you’re changing the sheets.”

My parents didn’t understand that bed wetting was not the only thing happening in my life.  I was trying to make friends and deal with algebra and acne.  I needed support and encouragement but all they could talk about was me wetting the bed. I was hungry for comfort.

I think all of us are hungry for comfort right now. There are so many things going on in each of our personal lives.  We struggle with our rapidly changing world. We crave connection after so many months of isolation. We’re trying to learn, change and live into our realizations about life without making a mistake.  But, oh, shoot—we’re human.

So let’s drag Jesus into it.  John 8:11 tells us how the scribes and Pharisees brought him a woman caught in adultery. They said, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses commands us to stone such. What do you say about her?”

After scribbling in the dirt with his finger, he told them, ““Let they who are without sin cast the first stone.” Understandably everybody beat it out of there. So then he asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” That was it! No shame, no judgement, no humiliation.

Whether it’s racial justice issues, COVID mask-wearing, climate change or vaccinations, it doesn’t work to shame people into change or transformation. Compassion, understanding, comfort. I wish my parents had given me that.

So I did have the sleepover with my new friend. And I wet the bed. I was mortified. I thought I would die of shame. I confessed to her immediately.

“Oh, at first I thought you were sweaty,” she said. “And then I thought you were so tired you couldn’t wake up.”  I started crying and she put her arm around me. “It’s okay. I know you didn’t do it on purpose. I’ll help you change the sheets.” Compassion, understanding, comfort.

I never wet the bed again.