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.

A recent conversation got me thinking about UCUCC as a weaving – a tapestry even. The more I have followed that line of thought the deeper it has taken me. Herewith an attempt to share it.

For a start, if each of us is a length of yarn somewhere in the weave, what a gorgeous fabric we make up. We have such a panoply of strengths and talents and passions and vulnerabilities and love in all kinds of forms. There are some short, bright pieces of yarn in our tapestry that are folks who are only with us briefly but leave a memorable mark, and some longer, more somber pieces that are folks who quietly hold everything together simply by being here. There are some who provide texture by presenting challenges that we grow by dealing with and some who provide body to the cloth by being someone we can always lean on.

That image can be pursued much further, and it is fun to do so. But the aspect that drew me into thinking about this actually leads in a slightly different direction. For this the tapestry image is a little too passive, but the weaving image remains in force. In this imagining the elements of the weaving are not our personae, but our strengths and passions and commitments. They are many and they are forceful. In combination, they give UCUCC a potential for being of tremendous service to God and the world. The risk is that some are so strong that they can overshadow others in people’s eyes.

A number of years ago the process of becoming Open and Affirming had that effect. Those issues continue now and always will, but they no longer crowd out others. Currently the issue that can overwhelm people is Racial Justice. We have chosen to declare ourselves a Racial Justice church, and for some of us who are Racial Justice Activists that is a central passion. That means that for us the issue permeates our efforts in the church. What it does not mean is that we – or anyone else – feel that it ought to be the central passion for everybody in the church. For example, the central passion of folks in Sacred Earth Matters is the Earth in all its pain and glory. Those of us wrapped up in Racial Justice are overjoyed when our passions overlap with theirs, as frequently occurs, but for the rest we are simply in awe of what they do. Other groups and passions are less visible, but their energy pulses through the church and we all benefit. The energy from each of those passions feeds the others.

And what about the folks who need to go quietly – or for that matter raucously!-on with their lives and not hurl themselves into one of these passionate groups? That is absolutely fine. We will, of course, all continue to attempt to entice them into sharing even a small part of our passion, but we won’t love them a whit the less if they don’t. Going back to the original tapestry image, no one is being asked to change their color or texture. Continuity and what we each bring to our tapestry are of huge value all by themselves.

There is one other aspect of our tapestry that needs acknowledging, even though that acknowledgement carries a lot of discomfort. The warp threads on the loom – the ones that were attached to it long before any of us joined the weaving – like the threads from the whole American tapestry, include many that can be traced back to the kidnapping and enslavement of Black people and the genocide of Indigenous people. America has a long history of denying the existence of those threads and suppressing the guilt that results from admitting to them. Accepting and dealing with that fact is hard and it is painful. And that is where, actively or very quietly, we can all support each other. Absolutely no one gets it right all the time, but love and listening and letting ourselves grow can take us a long way – together.

– Ginger Warfield