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.

“Can you unmute?” A regular phrase these days.

Or “Please mute yourself.”

Even “I’m going to mute everybody.”

The words still seem strange every time I say them, Zooming them across the ether, over the background noise of rustling of papers, conversations coming from other rooms, dogs barking, the wailing siren of a passing ambulance.

Then I watch lips move with no sound coming through. The person talks on and on until several of us say, “You’re muted “

A pause, a searching look into the computer screen. Then the person begins again.

Or I notice that I have been talking a while now and no one is responding. People are talking over me or past me. I used to have nightmares like this. In the dream I am in the pulpit and all around me people are acting as if I’m not even talking. But in this case, I am awake. And I am muted.

Perhaps most troubling- I realize I am not muted when I thought I was, and I should have been!

This Zoom technology we are learning is also offering an interesting experience of conversations generally. When should I speak? When should I listen? How do I make room for your words? How do you make room for mine? When should I mute myself or others? And of course, when should we unmute?

Scripture has a lot to say about this. Not about Zoom, of course, but about muting and unmuting, certainly.

One of my favorite proverbs:
“Even fools who keep silent are considered wise; when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent.” (Proverbs 17:28)

Or this one:
“To watch over mouth and tongue is to keep out of trouble.” (Proverbs 21:23)

In fact, there are over a hundred Bible references to how we are wise to watch what we say. In the New Testament we are advised:
“Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” (James 1:18). Maybe James got himself into trouble with his words. He goes on to devote half a chapter to the topic, ending with this observation about the consequences of an unbridled tongue: “How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!” (James 2:5). I think James might have been wishing for a “mute” button.

Even Jesus gets into the conversation, so to speak, when he observes, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out” (Matthew 15:11)

An invitation to mute.

But there is also the reverse invitation. The psalmist observes,
“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the earth proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.”
(Psalm 19:1-2)

This saying is attributed to Solomon:
“Like apples of gold in a silver setting are words spoken at just the right time.” (Proverbs 25:11)

The prophet Jeremiah found himself unable to refrain from speaking truth, even when it was met with derision:
“If I say, ‘I will not mention God, nor speak any more in God’s name,’ then there is something on fire inside me. I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:8-9)

And of course there’s Jesus who seemed to invite the whole world of the silenced to unmute. When the religious authorities asked Jesus to silence them, he answered: “Even if they are silent, these very stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:39).

And who can mute the stones when they cry out? Such a thought makes me wonder where in my life I might be muting the messages that matter most. And where I might need to mute those messages that are distracting me from what my faith is calling me to do.

My denomination, the United Church of Christ, continues to proclaim that “God is still speaking.” To such a proclamation I say, to myself and to us all:

Unmute.