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. 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.

My Bald Friend went to the doctor for his annual physical. All his blood tests were fine. Cholesterol a little high—no big deal—start eating oatmeal. His doctor answered all his questions. Then my Bald Friend asked one last question. It was a big one, something that had worried him for a quite a while.

“Doctor, what is this bump on my head?”

The doctor looked carefully at the bump. He felt the bump. Then he looked at my Bald Friend and said. “It’s a bone.”

“A bone?”

“Yes. Your skull.” My friend’s sigh of relief was so mighty it blew the doc’s brows off.

Then the doctor sighed too and said he feels as if his entire practice is now about dealing with everyone’s anxiety.

Is it cancer?

No, it’s a bone.

Did I have a heart attack?

No, you had indigestion.

Are my gums bleeding because I have leukemia?

No, it’s because you don’t floss.

Anxiety. I feel it. But I am a calm and joyful presence in the hospital—really I am. It’s as if I’m wearing a perfume called, “All Shall Be Well.” I reek of it. I enter a patient room cheerful yet composed.

But when I get home I turn on the radio and listen to the news. “Uncertain times like these.” I hear this a thousand times a day. Times are  always uncertain, it’s just that there’s no denying it now. Things are happening that no one in their wildest dreams thought could happen—well, except infectious disease people. Or people who make horror films based on American politics.

Uncertain. Unpredictable. Unreliable. Unknown. Un, un, un! The radio stories go on. COVID, riots, economy, racism, division and hatred.

I feel my calm and cheer evaporating like rubbing alcohol poured on a hot sidewalk. There must be certainty somewhere. In the kitchen! Everything in it’s place. Tea strainer in the top drawer. Lemon squeezer on the right in the second drawer. OMG!!!! Where is the lemon squeezer? What is it doing in the third drawer? The world spins and I can’t breathe.

Certainty in the silverware drawer. The utensils are nicely nestled.

Just be here now. In this very moment is everything okay? I ask you, dear reader, in this split second while you are reading these words, are you doing alright?  Perhaps you are surrounded by hungry wild animals or someone is holding a knife to your throat but at this very instant is everything okay?  Fear grows in the soil of the future and we produce that soil ourselves.

Scripture is all over this!

Matthew 6:34

“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;

don’t try to figure out everything on your own.

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;

God is the one who will keep you on track.

Don’t assume that you know it all. (The Message)

Psalm 56:3

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”

I read these verses and they flow over me like cool water over a scraped knee. It feels good but one quick trickle isn’t enough.  I have to soak in it to flush all the dirt and gravel out of my scraped and abraded soul. I choose The Message translation of Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;  don’t try to figure out everything on your own.

I think about the patient I saw this week. His heart is in terrible shape.  For sure he’ll die without the surgery. But he may die during or after the surgery too.

Don’t take this verse so literally.

 Oh, right. So I’ll trust God with my heart, mind and soul—from the very center of my being.  I’ll try to figure out some things on my own. Not all things.

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;

As I water my rhododendrons I hear, See how you care for your garden! Why can you not care for yourself as well? You are thirsty for Spirit.

 I can’t argue with this. My meditation practice and spiritual reading has been neglected. I binge Netflix instead. And Amazon Prime Video. Also, chocolate chips.

God is the one who will keep you on track.

What? God will keep me on track? Not NPR? Not the New York Times? Not even PBS?

Daughter, instead of reaching for the radio or picking up a paper, get down on your knees and pray. I will tell you what you really need to know.

 As we all know, the Divine can be annoyingly over-dramatic. On my knees? Really? What’s wrong with the couch?

Don’t assume that you know it all.

I learned this years ago as a chaplain. There are a hundred sides to every story. It’s dangerous to assume I know it all.  Yes, I learned it and I continue to learn it every dang day. Tip of the iceberg, through a glass darkly. We never have the whole picture.

And we don’t need the whole picture in this moment. In this very moment. All shall be well. God will take care of our tomorrows.