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.

Starting this summer, UCUCC will spend a year focusing on the spirit of Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the African concept of humanity—often defined as I am because we are. Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist. She defines ubuntu as “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This focus will connect our worship and our collective work in the months to come.

The Ubuntu Project will include:
• Worship and music that invites guest preachers that are Black, Indigenous, and
People of Color; engaging the congregation in liturgical arts with our Creativity
Council; engaging Womanist storytelling projects.
• Christian Formation opportunities that include continuing the Intercultural
Development Inventory, started at UCUCC in 2021; education on the African roots of Christianity; Anti-racism training; hosting a forum on race and faith. These elements are essential to shifting norms within the congregation. Training and education gives tools to evaluate our effectiveness of engaging diverse perspectives.
• Justice ministry opportunities of training leaders in outreach with partners like the
Organizing for Mission Network (OFMN). Deepening relationships throughout the city transforms what we bring to worship. Our prayers are interconnected with the needs of neighbors. Theological frameworks for preaching and creating sermon series become shaped by ecumenical partnerships.
• Partnership with the Global Arts and Theology Experience in bringing their Black Girl Magic Academy to Seattle. This gives a tangible space to carry the Womanist ethic lifted up in worship into institutional support.
• Investing in OFMN’s Seattle Cohort.

UCUCC is one of 25 Vital Worship Grants projected funded for 2022-2023. Since it began in the year 2000, the Vital Worship Grants Program has?now?awarded over 1,000?grants to churches, schools,?organizations, and teacher-scholars?across North America for projects that generate thoughtfulness and energy for public worship and faith formation at the local, grass-roots level. An advisory board of pastors?and teachers from a?variety of backgrounds assists?in the grant selections, and the?program is generously supported by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Founded in 1937, the Endowment’s major areas of?programming?are?religion, education, and community development.??University Congregational United Church of Christ also received a Vital Worship grant in 2014.