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.

 

The problem with being any kind of advice giver—clergyperson, therapist, parent, counselor, doctor—is that you darn well better take your own advice. I hate this.

This week I listened to a young woman who has serious health issues. The frustrating thing is that her medical team comes up with a solution and then realizes that solution won’t work. So they come up with another solution and find out .  .  . that solution won’t work either.  It is a series of devastating news made worse each time by the promise of a way out.

“I’m usually the kind of person who just bounces back, who just moves on,” she said.  “But I’m having a hard time doing it this time.” Top off all her terrible medical news with the fact that she can have no visitors because of COVID and that a beloved relative died of COVID. Just. Too. Much.

The problem with moving on quickly and bouncing back immediately is that it often means we haven’t completely processed our feelings. So they will linger. And build up. One layer after another.

We talked some more and agreed that we were similar in that we are usually pretty unsinkable but now she wasn’t so sure. What to do?

I told her that often we need to just sit with it—sit in the crappy feelings, in the “poopy diaper” if you will.  But it’s so hard to sit with fear and disappointment and grief and anger and uncertainty. I reminded her that we can take breaks from all this processing. “Go for something fun. Watch “Groundhog Day!”

Because she is just a little over thirty, she gave me a totally blank look. I think she thought I was talking about the actual Groundhog Day that just went by. “I just mean do something fun,” I said lamely.

Then she rifled through a stack of stuff on her tray table and handed me a book.  “You mean something like this?”

It was a coloring book called, Pooping Animals. As I leafed through it I laughed out loud. “Yes,” I said. “Take a break from processing all this hideous news and color this picture of a pooping giraffe.” Who knew their poop looked like a pile of Raisenets?

So to go back to the poopy diaper metaphor—as I’m sure you’re just dying to—is that it affects others. People notice. That is why when I woke up this morning feeling totally depressed, Wes asked, “What’s wrong?” He could smell my mood or sense it anyway.

“COVID, that patient, the impeachment, that homeless camp down the street! I’m just tired of it all.” I answered. And here is where I just detest taking my own advice. I said, “I just have to sit with it.” And I did. After a while I remembered that I am in good company and just a short stroll through the Psalms proved it.

Psalm 69:1—4

Save me, O God,
    for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths,
    where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
    the floods engulf me.
I am worn out calling for help;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
    looking for my God.

Amen to that. Pretty much sums up how I’m feeling right now.

In 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 St. Paul is having a very hard time:

“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.

2 Corinthian 7:5

For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. 

I hear you, Paul! But then Paul shares how he found God’s comfort from all the external and internal pains. Was it a vision? A miracle? A visitation?

2 Corinthian 7:6

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.

Titus! Titus? Who is this guy Titus? Titus is all of us! Titus is our community and we comfort one another by coming together in any way we can: Zoom, FaceTime, texts, phone calls, email. That is all we have right now. It is our task to be the face of the comforting God for one another and to see the face of the comforting God in one another.

I am Titus for the patients, staff and families. Who was my Titus this week? I called my high school friends and we lamented about our elderly mothers. I called my sister and we discussed meditation and global anxiety. Also, hair and makeup. And I was comforted. 

We can let the flood waters engulf us, sink into the miry depths, call out for God and then—FaceTime with Titus. We are not without help.

And don’t forget the coloring book.