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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

~written by Jack Clark
In this season of thanksgiving, as we wrap up our pledge campaign celebrating the financial gifts given to UCUCC, we also want to celebrate the gifts of time and talent that our members give to the church. We are truly blessed by those who contribute to our mission and ministry by serving on committees, action teams, with our children and youth, singing in our choir, writing cards, baking cookies, doing the work of justice and advocacy, and holding this community in weekly prayer. For each of you who participate in this way, we are grateful for your leadership. Thank you! Please enjoy this series celebrating some extraordinary volunteers.

 When Anne and Lon Dickerson joined the University Congregational United Church of Christ family nearly a decade ago, they decided to get involved with the community right away. The couple are vital members of the church’s environmental justice group Sacred Earth Matters.

“They have been active and vital members of the Sacred Earth Matters team and the congregation by educating and urging us to take action and advocate for creation justice.” Carol Nelson, co-chair of the Love & Justice Ministry Committee said.

Originally named the “green church task force”, Sacred Earth Matters works to promote environmental justice and climate change awareness. Meeting once a month after church, the group take on a number of actions to help further their goal.

“We organize alerts for advocacy on a variety of issues around the state and around the country,” the Dickersons said.

Every year Lon Dickerson creates a list of bills that are being considered by the Washington legislature. He prioritizes the ones that require the most advocacy and writes emails every week during the sessions to encourage the community to contact their legislators.

“We take a number of bills that we consider critical for reducing carbon and cleaning up the air… and we work with probably a dozen or more bills every year trying to get them approved,” the Dickersons said.

Anne Dickerson researches how to successfully advocate for environmental justice, better our alliances with local tribes in their efforts, and has also helped build the church’s Lenten pledge to reduce plastics. As well as serve as a thoughtful voice in the community to anyone seeking to learn more about the efforts of the church.

“And we also have about a total of 150 people who have signed up to receive weekly alerts during the legislative session to contact their senators and representatives about one particular bill and to urge that it be approved,” the Dickersons said.
To learn more about volunteering with Sacred Earth Matters at University Congregational United Church of Christ, feel free to visit the SEM page of the church website at this link.

“It has been a pleasure to be challenged and encouraged by these two people.” Carol Nelson said.