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.

Have you ever had someone say something, maybe in an off-hand way, but somehow, those words stick to you like cockleburs on a poodle?

This week I dropped a new episode of my podcast The Final Say: Conversations with People Facing Death. In this episode I was talking with Juliana Fodera, a 41 year-old woman who has died twenty-one times. She was born with Noonan’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can manifest in many different ways. Hers were all physical and over her lifetime required multiple surgeries. Because of spinal issues and surgical complications she lives with chronic pain. Okay, that’s dramatic enough but that is not what struck me and followed me around like the aforementioned poodle.

I asked her about her greatest fear. She explained that her greatest fear was being misunderstood and that sometimes people think she comes off as “having an attitude.”

I was surprised at this.  She explained that often she’s dealing with pain and that is why she’s cranky but she doesn’t want to talk about the pain. She said, “I’m sorry that it’s coming out, but did you ever stop to ask what my pain level is today?” Those were the words that stuck with me.

Did you ever stop to ask what my pain level is today?

 Would we ever say a woman in labor has “an attitude” or call her “cranky?” Of course not—we wouldn’t dream of it! She’s in pain. It’s obvious! But what about those of us whose pain is not so obvious?

We experience all kinds of pain: emotional, mental, spiritual.  What if the next time we find ourselves with someone who we think is cranky or annoying, instead of getting all judgey about them, we stop and wonder about their pain level?  Changes everything, doesn’t it?

But I do know this: we wound out of our own wounds. That is what makes Jesus so amazing, he’s hanging on a cross saying, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)  He’s being wounded but out of his wounds comes not more wounding, but forgiveness and understanding. That is the mind-blowing stuff we are called to as Christians.

Of course I’m not going to stand by and watch someone hurt another person all the while wondering about the perpetrator’s pain level.   Even Jesus got plenty mad at the money changers in the temple. I do believe in righteous anger.

I also believe that when we find ourselves being irritable or unforgiving, it’s helpful to ask, “What is my pain level today?” Because softening toward ourselves makes it easier to soften toward other people. Yes, it’s the whole, “Put on your own oxygen mask first.”

Jesus talks a lot about compassion—“to suffer with”—but before we can have compassion we first have to recognize that someone is in pain. We have to stop and ask, “What is your pain level today?” Even if it’s not apparent.

And especially if it’s a poodle.