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.

 

We know that many of you have already heard plans and news about how churches might begin to gather in person again. We do not say “reopen” because we have never been closed or stopped being church. It is only our physical gathering that has been on hold.

Please know that we are committed to following the science and data to ensure the safest environment for all. We are also committed to doing all we can to protect those in our community who are most at risk with this virus, and to maintain access to our gatherings to all, even those who cannot be physically present.

With that in mind, it does appear that we will not be able to gather as a large community (for things such as worship and most fellowship activities) for quite some time.

Since this time of physical distancing began, we have seen that we are a highly resilient, resourceful and creative congregation, serving an infinitely creative God who is just as determined to reach us as we are to reach out to God and one another. We will find our way together.  Many of the creative ways in which we are learning to Be Church for one another will continue into our time of regathering.  We are trying new things every day, and many of our new ways of connecting are helping us grow stronger through the struggle.

We know you are wondering about the many annual special events we hold each year. We will find a way to adapt every event we can. So?far that’s been retreats, meetings, presentations, dinners, worship, small groups, Lamb Day, Bible Study… we’ve yet to be completely stumped.

We know that it’s not the same, and, we guarantee that celebrations will be had, support and care will be given, the joyful work of worship and justice will continue.

We have absolute faith that these restrictions will not remain in place for ever… but they may be with us long enough that it will feel like forever.

From what we are hearing, one of the great griefs for which we must prepare ourselves is the impossibility of safely singing as a choir or congregation; and the continuing impossibility of safely sharing physical space in any of the ways to which we are accustomed. There are still far too many unknowns and not enough data to suggest what practices will truly mitigate the serious health risks to our congregation and the larger community. There are a lot of ideas, and we are considering them all, and will work with Council and all Ministries to continually assess what we can do safely and what we can do to keep those who need to use our building as safe as we can.

Please reach out to any of us if you have questions, thoughts, or needs in this time. Thank you for all the ways you have continued to step into our Gospel work. May we all continue to listen to God’s call in this time.

Blessings,

Amy Roon, Catherine Foote, Todd Smiedendorf