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.

I just heard a story about the way water distribution works in Mumbai. There is a tank at the street level or bottom floor of a building. That water is pumped into a tank on the top floor and then goes to all the apartments below.

But the pump is not on all the time. Somebody has to go turn it on. That is the job of the Watchman. But the Watchman—well, you know—it’s not an exciting job so sometimes they fall asleep or go have a smoke so you are without water.

Even if they are super attentive, the water doesn’t flow 24 hours/day. It comes only at certain times. So the whole water situation is unreliable. People get very cranky.

I couldn’t help thinking how God is often described in Jeremiah, as “the spring of living water.” Then in the gospel of John, Jesus answers the Woman at the Well, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

I love me a good water metaphor! So what is this “living water?” I think it’s God/the Holy Spirit/the Force/the Light. It’s that which is within us, beyond us and connects us all.

This living water flows at all times. We don’t need a Watchman to turn on the pump because we don’t even need a pump. It’s just there flowing all the time.

So why then in the midst of our stressed and harried lives, do we not stop at this source and have a cool, refreshing drink? I am asking this of myself after a week of doctor appointments, care conferences, phone calls and waiting rooms.

I said to my sister on the phone, “I want to be graceful and grounded with all this. I want to glide elegantly through these tasks like a swan swimming among lily pads. But instead I grunt and groan like an old pig trying to climb a mountain during a landslide.”

Then I heard this story about the water in Mumbai and went right home, sat myself down and meditated for a while. I actually stopped at the spring of living water.

I was refreshed.

My profound revelation was simply remembering that we can tap into this living water at any time—in the parking garage, the pharmacy, the red light. Like the people in Mumbai without water, we can get very cranky when we lack living water.

Remembering to remember—perhaps we need a Watchman to remind us to do that.