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.

Paper Dialogues

Paper cuts everywhere but a distinct lack of swearing, finger sucking and band-aids. That’s because I was in the National Nordic Museum’s special exhibit “Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories.” It was one the most amazing displays of paper cutting I’ve ever seen.

The museum also has a permanent exhibit on all things Nordic. There are many photos of painful and treacherous poverty in Scandinavia; painful and treacherous boat crossings to America; painful and treacherous logging in the Northwest. All this resulted in the explanation of the Finnish word sisu.  Simply put: it’s determination in the face of extreme adversity; it’s courage and resoluteness to decide on a course of action and then stick to it no matter what.

There were stories about Finnish sisu being the reason they defeated the Russian Army. So you got the feeling that sisu is a kind of masculine, stoic courage. Very Clint Eastwoody. It all seemed so grim to me.

All this was in direct contrast to the utterly delightful, light-as-a-hummingbird art of paper cutting. Talk about sisu! Take a close look at this paper cutting art. Patience, skill, and calm determination was needed to complete this project. Also, very sharp Exacto knives. But to me this demonstrated a kind of feminine sisu.

I’m entranced by this since regardless of our ethnic background, we need to gin up some sisu to get through this global pandemic, the national uproar, statewide disasters, change in local government and change in our own church community.

But my research has shown me that there is a downside to sisu. Sisu can make it hard to ask for help or show any signs of weakness. Persevering for too long can harm yourself and others. Sadly this is what happens when, in spite of warnings, hikers press on and are met by an avalanche. Too much sisu can kill you—and your friends.

I think it needs to be tempered, what my colleague Jennifer Butner calls “tenderfierce.” The ability to hold on and be strong, but also have compassion for yourself and others. There must have been times when cutting this paper the artist hiccupped or sneezed or a spider dropped on her hand. We can only hope she cut herself a break—and a big piece of chocolate—and started again. So fierce determination and tender compassion—going strong but turning back before disaster.

There are many passages in the Bible that urge us to, “Be strong and of good courage.” To me this sounds like friendly support and encouragement. Nothing grim about it. So let us be strong and of good courage. I know this is simple but not easy.

My mother wept on the phone as I explained I couldn’t see her for lunch because her community is in lockdown. I hung up in tears myself. I was down to my last molecule of sisu and very low on good courage and strength. That is until a friend said, “Hey, let’s go to the Nordic Museum and enjoy some art!”

 So let me echo St. Paul as he wrote to the Christians in Rome: “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,  that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”