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.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream…

I awoke at 2 am to the sharp tattoo of heavy rain on the metal bunkroom roof. I lay in my sleeping bag thinking ahead to the hike out later that morning, reflecting as I drifted back to sleep, “It’s going to be a wet one.”

We were in New Zealand, hiking the four-day Milford Track, the 100+ year-old trail that goes from the north end of Lake Te Anau to beautiful Milford Sound. It is one of the “Great Walks” in New Zealand, a title reserved for the most scenic and rewarding hikes in this very scenic country. After breakfast, I laced up my boots, donned my gaiters, raincoat and rain pants, shouldered my pack with its rain cover, and started out.

The trail itself followed the Roaring Burn and Arthur Rivers and skirted two large lakes on its 11 mile path to Milford Sound, running mostly downhill. As we settled into our hiking rhythm, we were surrounded by falling rain and water. We were hiking through a U-shaped valley formed eons ago by glaciers, with steep mountains on either side. By the time we hit the trail, more than three inches of rain had fallen since early morning. Often the trail was slightly elevated, with trenches on one or both sides to accommodate runoff. In many cases these trenches overflowed, and we found ourselves walking through eight to ten inches of water where it flowed over the trail and into our boots.

Other than my wet feet, I was relatively comfortable, mostly dry inside my rain gear, and warmed by my hiking. I was surrounded by the sights and sounds of rushing water. It thundered in the stream next to us and cascaded down from the hillsides gaining momentum as it fell. Every sound that fast-moving water could make filled my ears —tumbling, roaring, rumbling, whooshing. The trail itself was spongy in places and often muddy, and I knew that wet rocks could be slippery, but I felt safe. Trail managers monitored the amount of water and would close sections of trail if necessary.

Gradually, the water sounds filled my conscious mind and I began to experience myself as simply part of this landscape I was moving through. As I walked along, I reflected on the power of God’s creation, fearsome power that could be generative or destructive. The rains nurtured the abundant vegetation surrounding me, but moving in overflowing rivers and streams, they could also injure or drown people and obliterate buildings, bridges and crops.

So often, we cut ourselves off from the natural world and the weather. We are comfort-seeking beings, happy to be safe and cozy inside while the winds howl, the snow blankets the ground, or the rains tumble around us. Walking down this water-soaked trail, I marveled at the beauty and power surrounding me. I found myself repeating phrases of psalms and prayers in my mind–Glory be to God on high, all power and glory be to God. I was filled with awe and gratitude as I walked.

After a few hours the rain began to let up, and the sky cleared in patches. As we crossed bridges where the view opened up, we could see the water falling from the cliffsides on its way to the rivers and streams below. I continued to meditate on the power of creation, wanting to gather some of that power within me and into all the corners of the world where justice, righteousness and mercy are so badly needed.

We finished this day of hiking with a short water taxi ride on magnificent Milford Sound. Mountains rose around me as we skimmed over the water, and I felt sated with beauty and wonder. Looking back on that day, that sense of wonder has stayed with me. I will continue to seek the opportunity to experience again that sense of unity with the landscape I travel through, whether it is a walk around Green Lake, a hike in the Cascades, or an hour of weeding in my garden.

Praise be to God, the Creator of the universe and everything in it!