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.

A gathering of high school students anywhere in our country on a blue-sky sunny evening would likely be animated and laughter-filled. There was little of that on Friday, June 7 on the football field of Garfield High School in Seattle. Instead, what stood out was how very quiet it was. What one heard was soft murmurs from small clumps of bewildered young people. Some stood alone, frozen, it seemed. Still, there were lots of hugs everywhere. Occasional sobbing broke through the rawness of the pain.

I found myself at Garfield because of a late afternoon email from our pastors who spoke of a vigil being held for Amarr Murphy, a high school senior who was shot and killed when trying to break up a fight the day before. Pastor Michael and Pastor Steve wrote, “In the bitterest of ironies…Friday, June 7 was gun violence awareness day…Our children are still under attack. Our students are still afraid. Our community is not safe. We still have work to do.”

Being a relative newcomer to the city, I did not know Amarr or his family, nor had eve an occasion to visit Garfield High School, an imposing building on the city’s southwest side. Nevertheless, I am a mother and grandmother and like most Americans am so just so sick of gun violence and our culture’s utter failure to protect innocent people.

There are no words for this anymore. Only action.

At the base of a long series of stairs leading to the high school was a collection of flowers and handwritten messages. Among them was a construction paper display of large hearts signed by children from McGilvra Elementary School. “I’m so sorry,” one said. “That’s so sad,” said another. A child named Lena had signed her name, drew hearts, and had written “Fly high.”

A short while later I climbed the stairs and stood with hundreds of people on that field as long shadows fell from the waning sunlight and a chill surrounded us. Anchored near a goalpost were clusters of helium-filled balloons in gold and black, a tribute to the young man whose life was cut short.

One black balloon escaped and I watched it drift and rise for a long time, crossing Seattle neighborhoods, above individuals, children, families; above rage or indifference, grief and hope, until it disappeared, flying high.

~Pat Rector, new UCUCC participant