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.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

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 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.

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.

If you haven’t been in the U District recently (social distancing being what it is), you might not know that the building that has housed University Temple United Methodist Church for a century is coming down. On July 4th I was in Seattle for our Common Good vigil, and I drove by the site. I saw the demolition first hand. It was about half way complete.

It took me back to my experience, a little less than two years ago, when the building that housed University Christian Church came down. We as a congregation witnessed the progression of that demolition, as we came to worship week after week. You can read my reflections from that time by searching for the post “Church History, Church Future.”

Like I did two years ago at the University Christian site, I went through the fence that had been placed around the U Temple site and picked up a piece of masonry from the demolition. This time I was alone and so I had to carry the heavy piece back to my car by myself. Now it will be part of my farm’s labyrinth, not far from the piece of masonry I took from the U Christian demolition two years ago.

In the publication, “Daily Journal of Commerce,” Real Estate editor Brian Miller wrote about this latest U District tear down in an article he titled “Will the last church to leave Seattle turn out the lights?” The title reveals his bias. In speaking of churches only in terms of the monetary and “development” potential of church property, he completely misses the point. University Temple has not left. They have instead made a conscientious decision about their future and how they will invest themselves in our University district. They are building a new facility on that site with space to worship and also with space for other ongoing work. Ever faithful to their sense of ministry, they are living out what it means to be a faithful congregation in the U District of Seattle in the 21st-century.

Part of my frustration with Miller’s article is all of the ways he missed the vitality and value of churches in the U District and any sense of the gifts of spiritual communities bring to the wider communities of which they are a part. In a classic 21st-century way, Miller reduced the value of spiritual communities to a “commodity” scale. Who will buy this land? What real estate developer will get rich on this piece of property?

UCUCC is mentioned in the article too, by the way, with this cavalier comment: “Just north of University Temple is University Congregational United Church of Christ, with almost an acre on the corner of 45th. One can only wonder at its current congregational size – and development potential.” Well, Brian, you don’t have to wonder. Just ask. We are a vibrant, thriving congregation. We are keeping the light on, along with other faith communities (including U Temple), in the U district, in Seattle, and beyond.

Plymouth Church, our downtown sibling, is also mentioned. “That half block is too valuable not to reach the market – someday, sooner or later, when a brokers knock at the door is finally answered.“ Knowing Plymouth’s commitment to justice and love, I humbly suggest that this writer revisit his sense of what is valuable.

In reflecting on the changes on 15th at the University Temple site, I prefer the story that our local public radio station, KUOW, did. The reporters at KUOW actually talked to folks from the church. Here’s what they heard: “While it’s sad to see the church they love torn down, longtime congregants are proud of what will come next.”

And may it be, for all of us, that “what comes next” is faithful.