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.

                                                                               Wet Weekend

                  It is Memorial Day weekend when people are honoring memories of those no longer with us, especially those who served in the military to protect democracy.  Like many hijacked holidays, this is also the weekend slated for sales, picnics and festivals – such as Folklife at Seattle Center.  We are at our Hood Canal cottage.  It is raining – not the accepted Pacific Northwest drizzle, but a downpour that danced raindrops all night on the shake roof causing me to imagine my sleep interrupted by an Irish clog competition above.

                  Mornings, when my husband and I carry our coffee mugs around our property, sitting on benches along the way, opening the day with meditative gratitude, we are hooded in rain jackets over heavy sweatshirts.  On the way to the first bench, I pass my garden seed carrier and a soggy cardboard box full of impatiens and begonias I hoped to plant today or tomorrow.  Will the sun return?  I feel like Noah looking out for a rainbow.  Instead, I observe how polished the leaves are, newly opened in spring and delicate as lace.  The water gleams on them even as it weighs them down so I must duck under vine maples if I am to stay on the path.  When the upper pond comes into view, I watch rain drop bubbles, as if the pond had a bubble wand making translucent circles for popping.  When I was a child, I loved days when it rained so hard that bubbles formed on sidewalks.  In my red rubber boots, while I was stomping through puddles, I tried to smash the bubbles before new ones erupted.

                  Such happy rain-thoughts washed away disappointment for a soggy holiday weekend.  I began a search for the blessings of water in my life.   We find a meaningful prophecy of Isaiah, conducting a parallel between water and the Spirit of God: “For I will pour water on the thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring” (Isaiah 44: 3). To desert people, this prophecy was potent.   Even though Jesus turns water into wine at the Wedding in Canaan, water is the primary Biblical symbol for blessing.  John the Baptist baptizes followers with water, a tradition we continue as we acknowledge the connection between our souls and the teachings of Christ.   With baptism, Christians are “saved” from . . . well, I guess it depends on one’s religious training to imagine what baptism saves us from, whether from hell or temptation.  I like to think baptism saves us from loneliness, for with baptism we bring a person into a community of faith.  We stretch out our hands in connections that rest on the shoulders of the one being baptized.  We speak our commitment to support that person throughout our mutual lives.  All of this incredible promise comes with a few drops of water on a child’s head.

                  Water inspires art.  Drift along to Handel’s Water Music.  Monet’s water lilies need the Impressionist’s blue palette to float our visual pleasure.  This spring, our own UCUCC artist, Nadine Santo Pietro, inspired by the four elements, created a hanging for water that looks like a cascading waterfall.  I look forward to my imaginative experience with her art in mid-summer when the sanctuary’s heat will welcome cool water.

                  Like any blessing, water is accompanied by potential destruction.  Here on Quilcene Bay, the water is rising each year with global warming.  At high tide, the bay swells over our driftwood fence, sometimes tearing off as much as forty feet of driftwood we much fetch from the end of the bay, after a storm recedes. And if not in abundance, water presents as scarcity.  Across the bay and above foothills, the Olympic Mountains still hold on to a few feet of snow, but it is not enough to supply adequate water resources for Seattle.  The city water department warns of summer drought, encouraging us to use water resourcefully.

                  Water is a roller coaster of positive and negative associations.  In this Memorial Day moment, I will receive the blessing of water.  Even as flowers bow their heads from rainfall on the tombs of those we honor, I hope we can quench our thirst with water’s blessing.  I may raise my umbrella, put on my tap shoes and start “Singing in the Rain.”