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 – and 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.

The well, the water tower, and the pantry

I was recently asked to explain what our endowment was and how it worked. In trying to come up with a non-technical explanation, I compared it to digging a well to provide you with water. Most of the water stays in the well (we don’t want to take out too much, so the well doesn’t run dry), but each year we draw out a few buckets of “water” for the operating budget. This image captured my imagination! I can picture our church forbears sitting around, discussing how church would have enough water to meet its needs each year, and then going to all the hard work to build the well— knowing that their gifts would keep on giving to the church far into the future.

Now, imagine that the church budget is a water tower. It holds all the resources we need for the coming year. When we pledge, we each contribute towards filling up that water tower (I picture each of us bringing forward a cup or a gallon jug, climbing the ladder, opening the hatch at the top and pouring water in). Most of the water in the water tower comes from the congregation, some of it comes from building rentals, or the parking lot, and some of it comes from the endowment. The quantity of water in the water tower helps us plan what we can accomplish in the coming year.

But we also have a pantry, and inside the pantry are jars and pints and quarts and buckets that we’ve set aside with a specific use in mind. Each year, we fill some jars with water from the well (the endowment) and we carefully label them “Love and Justice Revolving Account” or “Ostrander Preaching and Teaching Fund” or “Funds for Distribution from the Music Endowment” and we set them on the pantry shelf to use or save for later. During the Imagine Capital Campaign, we filled a portable plastic water tank labeled “Gathering Ground” and each year we ration out a little bit of the water we set aside to help that program flourish. Sometimes there’s extra water left over in the water tower at the end of each year, and we use it to fill some jars and jugs and set them aside for a special project or a future need. There’s a container that says “women’s retreat” and when we need to reserve space at Pilgrim Firs we pour water out of that container, and then your registration fees fill it back up again. Sometimes a special gift will be given to the church, and we’ll carefully pour water into a mason jar, write “sign language interpretation” on the lid, and set it on the Worship & Music shelf in the pantry.

This year, we’ll have less water coming into the water tank from parking lot revenue and rentals. And we have a lot of things that we need water for! We have the new costs of producing an online worship service; increased costs for new software, tech support, and cyber security to support the church staff working from home; improvements to make the building safer; and our commitment to being a fair and just employer. Our ministries of Christian Formation, Love & Justice, and Calling, Engagement & Community are doing vital work to keep us connected and to live out our mission in the world. As we check the water levels in the water tank for 2021, we are asking each of our ministries to take a close look at the resources set aside in the pantry, and to offset cuts in the operating budget by making use of some designated funds and revolving accounts. We may have less water in the water tank this year, but thanks to the resources we’ve stored from abundant times in our past, we can still support our ministries— we’re just getting some of that water from another source.