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.

 

Last week I had a wonderful FaceTime conversation with my Camino buddy Moritz who lives in Germany. Three years ago this week, we were half-way through the Camino de Santiago. For more about Moritz, here is my original post.

But let me just say here—in case you don’t have the time or inclination to read it—that I am definitely old enough to be his mom and that Moritz and I hit it off immediately. We have kept in touch all this time and last week we had an hour long conversation about life in general, romantic relationships (his), what projects to pursue (mine) and on what in life you can or cannot compromise.

We talked for a long time about how when someone is wounded, we can help provide a healing environment but that we can’t do the actual healing for them—especially if they don’t acknowledge the wound. And as he talked, I now and then I said some things and at one point I heard myself say something and thought, “Wow. I didn’t even know I knew that.” I felt as if there was some deep inner wisdom was springing forth from me,  like a plant I never noticed. The  Voice of Wisdom was so clear, calm and comfortable—as if I was sitting by a rippling brook and the mellifluous tenor Andy Williams was singing these words.

After we hung up, I couldn’t help asking myself, “Why can’t I access that inner wisdom for myself?” There are times when I feel so muddled, confused and frustrated that not only do I not know what to do, but I don’t even know how to be with the situation.

I don’t hear a mellow voice of wisdom speaking to me at all. It’s more like I’m sitting in a tiny closet with a burlap bag over my head. There are muffled sounds, footsteps, the bag is hot and scratchy and I literally itch to get out of it. The Voice of Wisdom sounds like Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses. There is no answer, no guidance, no counsel. What’s a person to do?

Well, of course I consulted the Bible! I went right to the book of James because when you search “wisdom” in Bible Gateway, that is the first thing that comes up. (Full disclosure, although I would love for you to think that I recalled this off the top of my head.)

James 1:5 If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7,8 For the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Oh, yay! I couldn’t wait! I asked for wisdom just like James suggests. I heard nothing. What can one conclude except that one must be “double-minded and unstable in every way.” Hmm. This could be true but it seems a lot like blaming the victim to me.

I sat with this dilemma for a few days until it dawned on me that the silence was the answer. It was the Voice of Wisdom saying, “Stay still. Be silent.” Or, “If you don’t hear/feel anything, don’t do/say anything.”

Sometimes we don’t like our inner wisdom, the voice of Spirit. And that’s exactly when we need to pay close attention.