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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

Recently the Pacific Northwest Conference UCC’s Dismantling Racism Task Force sent out an article entitled Welcoming our Black Brown Indigenous Asian and Pacific Islanders (BBIAPI) pastors and BBIAPI guest speakers to our predominantly white churches. It opens by stating,

“Our BBIAPI pastors have made it known that until churches are deeply committed to working towards worship through an anti-racist lens these invitations are not welcoming. We know that this work is never-ending, it is a life-long journey, and we will make mistakes along the way.”

The article then invites congregations to reflect on particular questions around racial justice and hospitality. The action team working on the Calvin Grant that is holding the invitation to BBIAPI preachers this fall used this article to continue the work at UCUCC. We also shared it with our Racial Justice Activists team. We share it here because this work of welcome and justice does not live within specific committees, but is a task of the entire congregation. These are the questions posed in the article:

  • What inspired your community to make a request for a BBIAPI pastor or guest?
  • What does your church hope to gain from a cross-cultural leadership experience?
  • Has your congregation committed to anti-racism, both as individuals and as a congregation? What are some of the ways?
  • Has your congregation done anti-racism training to support your work of critically reflecting on your cultural privilege as a dominant culture church?
  • What steps can your congregation take to ensure the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and well-being before, during, and after the requested visit by a BBIAPI pastor or guest?
  • Have you completed a Racial Audit? A race audit is an information-gathering step that may inform real action steps that have the potential to change practices and behavior
  • Have you developed relationships inside and outside your church that respond to the realities of anti-Blackness and the work of anti-racism work you are committed to?
  • Are you financially compensating the pastor fairly for the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual work that this interaction will require?

As our committee reflected on these questions there are clear signs of work we have done at UCUCC. We know some of the intention in our guest preacher invitations: during Pastor Amy’s sabbatical we committed to intentionally ask what it means to center the leadership of Pastors of Color as a way of holding space and welcoming back her leadership as a Black Woman in our congregation. We have committed to anti-racism as individuals and as a congregation: our congregational resolution in 2019 was a visible reflection of our church’s longstanding commitment to this work and the ongoing ways in which we live into this resolution continue to shape us. We have done both anti-racism trainings and cross-cultural trainings (like the Intercultural Development Inventory). We have developed relationships inside and beyond the church that help us respond to anti-Blackness. We are compensating our BBIAPI preachers at a rate above our typical guest preacher honorariums.

We also reflect on the work we are still called to do. Our council intention of having every ministry lead participate in the IDI process is still un-realized. There is still more we can do to take care of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our preachers. The congregational commitment to racial justice is being met with individuals feeling like this work is somehow different from spiritual formation and care. Our multiracial relationships require deepening and ongoing development.

As a committee, we are grateful for the work of the conference to offer these reflection pieces. As we continue to move through our fall worship series around Ubuntu we continue to experience a widening of God’s circle. As we recognize our congregational interdependence with BBIAPI leadership we will continue to be shaped in community and by the Holy Spirit.

— The Calvin Grant Action Team: Rachel Haxtema, Terry Moore, Jessie McAbee, Lisa Coleman, John Worthington, Pastor Steve Jerbi