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.

In June, the Church Council charged a small group to research and make recommendations around UCUCC and COVID-19, especially around the question of how, when, and under what circumstances we can regather in our building.

Here’s an update from that action team:

The main risk of infection with COVID-19 is proximity to someone who is infected, plus the amount of time that you interact with the infected person. That’s why wearing a mask and keeping a six foot distance really does help. When you take those two precautions and are gathered in an outdoor space, your risk is reduced to nearly zero. Indoor spaces are more complicated. Safe and healthy indoor air quality is a combination of ventilation (air flow) and filtration. To improve our building in these two areas, the COVID-19 Action Team has recommended the following upgrades to the UCUCC building HVAC system.

  • Upgrade our filters from MERV 8 (standard) to MERV 13 (recommended for capturing particles of varying sizes, including the coronavirus). This advanced filtration will also help during cold and flu season!
  • Reconfigure our system to increase outdoor ventilation, so less air is recycled throughout the building. Unfortunately, this makes our system less efficient and less environmentally friendly, but re-circulating the air can also re-circulate the virus.
  • Purchase a few portable HEPA filtration systems for spaces that aren’t connected to our HVAC system.

These three improvements have been approved by the Facilities & Equipment Committee in their September meeting, and could be implemented as soon as November. There will be a one-time fee to reconfigure the HVAC system, and an estimated additional cost of around $2,000 per year for the higher rated filters (the cost of the filters has been increasing, and we may need additional filters). The increased cost of utilities from recycling less air is largely unknown.

The team is also working to create an updated COVID-19 Safety Plan, as we evaluate when we might safety gather with small groups in the building. We are looking closely at state guidelines for faith-based organizations, as well as identifying room capacities, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, contact tracing and reporting plans, air ventilation and filtration (as mentioned above), and most importantly, we are focused on the values that guide any decision to regather. We base our approach on the following values:

  • We will gather when we know we are not asking the most vulnerable in our community to risk their health or be left behind in isolation.
  • We will continue to follow the guidelines developed out of the best science available, as we follow CDC guidelines and listen to community health professionals.
  • We will honor the work of our custodians and others who care for our building by keeping them as safe as possible.
  • We will wait for good diagnostic, treatment, and vaccine tools to be available.

Important health and safety reminders: current estimates are that 20% – 40% of COVID-19 transmission is caused by asymptomatic spreaders (people who are infected but don’t show any symptoms). Another significant factor is that people can be contagious for up to 5 days before starting to show symptoms themselves. Wearing masks, staying six feet apart, and gathering outside when possible, are the best tools we have for keeping ourselves and our whole community safe.

UCUCC Covid-19 Action Team:
Wes Van Voorhis, Carol Ingram, Roger Garratt, Terry Moore, Ed Coleman, Sione Tu’ihalamaka, Kyna Shilling, Amy Roon, Catherine Foote, and Todd Smiedendorf.