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 – and 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.

Enlivening our spirits, praising God, challenging our minds

Worship is the main event on Sunday mornings, but conversation and connection are a close second. We offer breakfast and coffee in the lounge at 8:45, with activities for children. The narthex is lively with volunteers offering service opportunities. After worship, there’s more coffee, more conversation, activities for kids, and often forums over lunch.

The worship service itself is both traditional and contemporary. It’s contemplative and lively. It’s musical and visual. We sing, we pray, we sit in silence.

It has many traditional components – sermon, scripture, organ and choir. Baptisms and blessings. Prayer, both silent and communal. We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month. Our service also has some less traditional parts – vibrant mobiles and modern art, contemporary and world music, children as participants. At its center is love of God and gratitude for God’s grace in our lives.

Music

Singing is central to our worship. We sing softly, boisterously, with joy. Our 50+ voice choir leads us in congregational singing and also provides an anthem and an offertory.

Our music spans many traditions—from European classical music to gospel to contemporary. In addition to our Chancel Choir and organ, we have a women’s choir (Veriditas), a children’s choir, a stringed orchestra (Joyful Noise Players), a drumming group (Sacred Groove), a hand bell choir, recorder ensemble and frequent guest musicians. Click the “Get involved & serve” button below to join a group.

Arts and Worship

We believe that engaging all our senses can bring us closer to God. We worship with our eyes and ears and voices. We incorporate the arts into worship as much as possible. We seek to nurture inter-generational, community, and liturgical engagement.through visual arts (banners, sculptures, stoles and other fabric arts), music and dance. A Creativity Council for the Liturgical Arts envisions ways to enliven worship with the arts, and welcomes your participation. Lean more about our Liturgical Arts Program.

 

Worship helps me connect with God and with this community. It equips me to live out God’s call for me in the world.

Worship Services

Sunday mornings
During the pandemic closures, we are holding services online “live” on Facebook and on YouTube. While the service is not interactive, the chat rooms are available to say good morning and for comments.
Join/view the service on Facebook at 10 am
Join/view the service on YouTube at 10 am

Wednesdays at 5:30 on Zoom
This new service begins September 30, and is a more informal service lasting about a half hour. It is designed especially for families with small children, but everyone is invited. Contact gro.cuytisrevinu@mooz for the link.

Special Services
Our annual Service of Memory and Hope will be held on Sunday, October 25, during the usual 10am service.