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.

white textile on brown wooden tableBeloved community, these are complicated times! A month ago your church was ready to offer mask-optional gatherings for those who are vaccinated, and to say “yes” to small groups sharing food indoors. Now, King County is back to a mask mandate for indoor gatherings, regardless of vaccination status. Like the beginning of the pandemic, it seems that information is changing daily as we learn more about this latest variant. Your pastors and Emergence Team have been prayerfully and faithfully reviewing our plans to re-gather, in the context of a fluid and unfolding situation. For more on our plans to regather, see this article on emergence. It feels like there are a lot of unknowns. However, unlike March of 2020, there is a lot that we are certain about.

Here is what we know about the Delta variant of Covid-19:

  • It is about twice as contagious versions of the virus. This means it replicates more and more particles that someone who has been infected can then spread to others.
  • You spread Covid to others before you yourself are showing any symptoms. You can spread Covid even if you have an asymptomatic case and never show any symptoms.
  • Hospitals are filling up with Covid-19 patients. This puts everyone at greater risk, as those with serious or life-threatening needs navigate an overcrowded system. Those whose procedures are “non-essential” have been postponed. We lift up in prayer all those in our community who are impacted.
  • Vaccinated people can get Covid-19 and spread it to others. The vaccine gives us systemic immunity (protecting essential organs!) but it does not give us local immunity in areas like the nose and throat—that’s how the virus can still get in. The Delta variant is particularly good at replicating in our noses, before it gets into the bloodstream where a vaccinated immune system can fight it off.
  • Singing creates a greater risk of transmission, because when you sing you breathe deeply and use more of your lungs: this means we inhale more particles, and we exhale more they travel further away from us. Even masked, there is greater risk of exposure to Covid-19 from singing.

Pause for a moment. Take a few deep, slow breaths. Here’s the good news: the precautions we’ve taken over the past 18 months still work.

  • Being outside or in a well-ventilated, well-filtered indoor space reduces risk of transmission. We have upgraded our filters and are upgrading our ventilation system to make the air quality safer in the church.
  • Masking is effective. Make sure your mask is snug fitting, with a filter or multiple layers of cloth. Make sure you are wearing your mask correctly. You can double-layer your mask for increased effectiveness.
  • Distance and duration are also factors we can control. Notice how far away you are from other people and pay attention to how much time you spend close proximity to. In order to transmit-19, two people need to be close enough that the particles one person breathes out are breathed in by the other person—and for long enough that a significant concentration of infected air particles moves from one to the other. Reducing time and increasing space are good precautions.
  • The vaccines are working well. Breakthrough cases are stressful, but in King County they represent less than 10% of total infections, and 95% of people hospitalized are unvaccinated.
  • Kids are less likely to get Covid-19 and spread Covid-19 than adults. However, until children under age 12 can be vaccinated, they are still at risk. We want UCUCC to be as safe as possible for each child.
  • We’ve had 200 households respond to the emergence survey, on behalf of 472 church members. Of those eligible to be vaccinated, 100% are vaccinated. This is great news! For more on what we learned from the emergence survey, click here.

As we enter this next chapter of the pandemic, and continue on our journey of emergence, we think that testing is going to become a more important piece of our Covid-19 response. We are putting plans together to offer tests to our Sunday School teachers and our worship leaders. Free testing is still widely available, and rapid at-home test kids can be found at some drugstores for $25 or less (they aren’t always in stock, so try checking online at CVS, Walgreens, or your local drugstore). Having some in your medicine cabinet is a proactive step in preventing pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic transmission, or, just helping alleviate worry if you wake up with a fever. Here are some resources for local testing sites: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/testing.aspx

~Kyna Shilling