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 the spirit of thanksgiving, we 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 occasional series celebrating some extraordinary volunteers.

Vince Santo Pietro recently celebrated his twenty-fifth year of volunteering at UCUCC. He started as a volunteer with the church’s youth group, working with the group’s weekly program and mission trips before transitioning to the Facilities & Equipment Committee, where he continues to volunteer to this day. Volunteering on F&E, Vince works to maintain the building and ensure that everything from the microphones to the online broadcast of the service is operational. He admits, “I’m more of a nuts and bolts person.”

When the pandemic prevented in-person church services, Vince’s nuts and bolts acumen was instrumental in providing a fully online experience to community members. With uncertainty looming over when the community would be reunited in person, Vince and the rest Facilities and Equipment Committee dedicated themselves to bringing everyone together. Vince described how impactful it was to see people show their appreciation through comments and messages during their church’s first fully virtual service. 

“The warmth and appreciation of those people even virtually being able to sit in the sanctuary is something very special.”

Broadcasting the services online also provided a unique opportunity to extend the service to people previously unable to attend. Suddenly, anyone with an internet connection could participate. This was especially important as the church held memorials for the community members who had passed away during the pandemic. 

“People had died during the pandemic, not necessarily because of Covid, but just because of life and we weren’t able to have memorials,” Vince reflects. “But the other thing that I hadn’t really thought about is that people and relatives from other parts of the country and friends could tune in and watch it.” 

Vince recalled one moment that was specifically emotional. It was the first fully online service and also the memorial of a community member and friend. “It was a really beloved person, somebody who I personally was good friends with and we had no idea what we were doing. And we spent an entire afternoon there reading articles online,  looking at YouTube how-to’s and all that stuff… And we managed to do it, we managed to broadcast that.”

The online format also allowed the broadcast to be recorded, so that moment in time could be preserved for the family. “The wife of the person, I was able to hand her the entire memorial on a thumb drive, which we had never ever been able to do before. That was gratifying to the point of just really making me emotional.”  

For Vince, volunteering is merely an extension of being a part of the community. Working on the Facilities & Equipment Committee, Vince is able to give back to the community, while also doing something that he loves. He is someone who is always driven to learn and volunteering has given him an opportunity to continue learning around a grateful and appreciative community. 

“For me it’s learning a new thing, which is really, really nice, and what really excites me is when it works.” 


Jack Clark is a freelance journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. You can find out more about him here.