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.

On New Year’s Day I had decided to skip my annual polar bear plunge in Puget Sound. Usually there are a couple hundred of us who gather at noon for this annual baptism, sponsored by South Whidbey Recreation and benefitting our local 4-H groups. This year, of course, there would be no community gathering. I just wasn’t sure I wanted to do the dip on my own.

But as soon as I said out loud that I wasn’t going to do it, it became clear to me that, actually, I would. I think of this annual ritual dunking as a way of letting go of the last year and opening myself to the new one. In theological terms, full immersion baptism (not just the sprinkling we do in my church’s sanctuary) is an image of dying and rising. Coming up from baptismal waters is being “raised to walk in newness of life.” After 2020, of all years, that is what I wanted.

Meighan, who has been staying with me while her house is being built here on the island, has been a partner in the Whidbey plunge for years. When I told her I was going, she said “yes” too. So we headed off to Double Bluff beach.

When we arrived, a stiff southern wind was blowing and some brave folks were out parasailing. As we prepared to jump into the water another family arrived to also take the plunge. We all maintained an appropriate distance, even as I was appreciating the little scrap of community they provided.

Without the traditional blowing of the horn that lets us all know it’s time to go, I had to gather my own courage and tell myself, “Go!” I ran down to the water and headed in. I felt the pain of cold on my feet and legs before they went numb, and I kept going. When I was up to my waist, I fell backward and let the water cover me. Then I was up and out and back on the beach, shivering and salt-water clean.

I am glad I went ahead with this annual ritual after all. It’s not the impact of 2020 that I expect to be washed away. That is neither possible nor desirable. What I do need to challenge is my tendency to fall asleep. I need regular reminders to wake up, to take stock, to pay attention, and to take action. On the first day of a new year, what better way to be brought back to myself than a cold water drenching?

And I have needed such moments all the more as we have entered 2021. Wednesday’s events in Washington D.C., as white supremacy lies and mob mentality culminated in acts of sedition and insurrection, abetted by both the president and legislators who continue to promote falsehoods and fabrications about the November election, remind me that the turn of a page on a calendar doesn’t change things.

Faithful, ongoing work is needed to dismantle racism, to honor truth, and to meet hate with God’s reconciling love. We need to stay awake and keep moving. As the writer of Hebrews puts it, “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus. . . “ (Hebrews 12:1-2). And so on Wednesday I looked not only at what was happening in our nation’s capitol, but also at what was happening in Georgia. There, as the fruit of years of staying awake and moving forward, voters were empowered and people showed up to vote for change.

So my new year’s prayer, to accompany my new year’s baptism, is that I (and all of us) will continue to keep going, and that when I need another cold-water plunge to wash away any chance that I might fall asleep, God will take me to the water.