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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

Hospital patients do whatever they can to be make a long-stay more comfortable.  Last week Steve moved out of the ICU into the somewhat friendlier neighborhood of  “the floor.” It’s always better to be out of the “unit” and onto the “floor” but Steve said he missed the view from the unit. He did not, however, miss the photos of his cats.

In his new room he had head shots of each of his seven cats posted on his bulletin board. Taped to the foot of his bed was a large photo of the cat (actual size!) who always slept with him—you guessed it—at the foot of his bed. Spread over the hospital sheets was a fleece blanket that had been enthusiastically chewed by his dog.

He rubbed one of the chew spots reverently and said, “We couldn’t figure out why he was chewing this blanket until we realized it was exactly the same texture and color of the stuffed toys we kept giving him.” Live and learn.

He has Stage IV cancer and yes, we’ve talked about his death, but today he didn’t want to talk about death. “I want to talk about animals!” he announced with a huge grin.

He gestures towards the head shots. “We had eight cats but one died.”

Okay, so today it is animals with just a dash of death, I think.

“It was horrible,” he says.

“What happened?”

“My wife was doing laundry. She opened the dryer, checked the clothes and decided they weren’t dry enough. She was rushing around and left for some reason. When she came back, she closed the dryer door and restarted it.”

“Oh, no. You mean—”

“The next morning that cat was stiff as a board!”

“Oh, my god.  I guess he thought the clothes were dry enough.”

He laughed. “Yeah! But I thought my wife would never get it over it.”

“That’s horrible, Steve.”

“It was, but fortunately I didn’t say something stupid.”  We both sat for almost a full minutes thinking about this. It would have so easy to say the obvious, “You shouldn’t have been rushing! Why did you leave the door open? Why didn’t you look?”

Finally he said, “I guess there’s a lesson there.”

“For cats or for humans?” I asked.

“Both!”

So we discussed how it’s true for both humans and cats that when we find something that seems too good to be true—it probably is. It may seem perfect: warm and cozy and right in front of us—just want we wanted. But what is the bigger picture?

I suggested it’s like when you meet someone and fall madly in love. It pays to step back, look at the bigger picture. (Am I in a laundry room? Is this a warm clothes dryer?). Consider the future (is it possible this door will lock shut?).

He liked this analogy but looked at it from a different perspective—that of his wife. It pays to slow down and focus on one thing at time (Is possible that I will attract this person with all my warmth and charm, then rush off, ignore them, then trap them in a chaotic world that ultimately kills them?)

These are things to think about!” he said. “Although I didn’t think about them when I fell in love with my wife.”

And that’s when he started to cry. He told me before that his deepest pain around the thought of dying was leaving his wife. I know he wanted to talk about animals but it’s hard to ignore death when it’s all around him. Really hard in a pandemic and especially hard when you have Stage IV cancer. I reached over and just put my hand on his arm because personally, I hate it when someone starts talking to me or God forbid—asks me me questions when I’m crying.

“I’m just really tired now,” he said. This is patient-speak for, “I need you to leave.”

“Would it help you if I said a prayer before I go?” I asked.

“Sure. If you like. If you want to. Why not? It couldn’t hurt.”  This is patient-speak for, “Yes, please, even if I told you that I’m no longer Catholic and not even sure I believe in God but I am really desperate.”

I prayed for healing and strength and thanked God for his wife, the dog and all the cats—in that order. He smiled and thanked me.

At least I didn’t say anything stupid.