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.

This coming Sunday at our church is our traditional Homecoming Sunday. But of course this coming Sunday we are not coming home. At least not to the church building. This Sunday, as has been true for the last six months, we will be “gathering together” online.

Over the course of the last six months we have become more proficient at this way of connecting. I cannot say enough good about how we have learned to be together virtually. Nevertheless, I know that some people have gotten lost along the way. Sometimes even the directions of how to get there can be confusing. And even when we are “together,” we miss being together. What does “Homecoming” look like in this isolating time?

I get that. One comedian tells of getting lost in a strange city. He spots a cab driver and, certain that person will know the way to his destination, asks, “How do I get there?”

The cab driver answers, “OK. Here’s what you need to do. Just go down this street here to the second light. . . . No wait, that’s not right. Go to the third light. . . Yes, the third light. Then stop and ask someone there. They might know.”

In an effort to recognize the complexities of Homecoming this September, a church member suggested that we rename this Sunday “Hopecoming.” I like that. Even when we cannot gather together in one place, we can still hold on to hope.

So as I prepared for Hopecoming this week, I took some time to review the worship services our church has offered over the past six months. It was quite something to go back to mid-March, and those first services, when we were learning a tremendous amount about what not to do. We were also, I could tell, throwing ourselves into action with all the energy we could summon.

Now, six months later, that early energy is spent. Now we are in a time of settling in to something deeper. We have all come to realize that this will be a marathon. With very few mile markers. And an uncertain finish line. How do we get there?

The early church knew something about marathons. They came to discover, no matter their initial enthusiasm for the Jesus path, that individual energy would not carry them through the long and challenging journey of following Jesus. They knew they would have to summon something deeper than their individual strength and their stubborn strong will to support them when their own energy and optimism was worn away.

So it turns out the journey to Hopecoming is just as hard as Homecoming these days too. So a few days ago, when a friend posted this sign on social media, I instantly identified. In these days, I am not sure which directions to follow.

But maybe it is when I am feeling lost that hope can really show up. Not optimism- that light, airy, “it will all work out” attitude. But hope- deeply rooted, drawing from the deepest wells. even in the face of droughts that dry up any surface water or shallow streams.

When I read the writings of the early church, I catch glimpses of that kind of hope. Listen to these words from II Corinthians: “We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God, and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.“ (II Cor. 4:7-9)

Wow.

Perhaps faith, genuine faith, comes only when in I realize that I cannot make it through my current situation on my own power. Perhaps hope, genuine hope, comes only when my optimism comes crashing down around me. Perhaps despair is the only way to genuine joy.

It is hard to admit this possibility. Of course I prefer the easier path. And my heart breaks for the suffering in our world, not just my own, but the groaning of all creation. But as others have answered when asked for directions to an easy path to hope, maybe the only answer is “You can’t get there from here.”

To any who are reading this and feeling that hope is far away, let me suggest that perhaps this path is like a labyrinth. Those who have walked one know that it can be just when you feel the most lost and that this turn you are taking will take you farther rather than closer to your destination- just then- you will suddenly find yourself home. Labyrinths are actually designed that way. Maybe because the designers know that life is so often that way too.

So let me offer you comfort, wherever you are. Isaiah says it this way, in speaking words of comfort to his own hurting community: “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).

Perhaps you can run right now. Or it could be you are simply walking. Maybe all you can do is wait. Let us wait together then. With you, I will walk to the second signal. No wait, the third. Then we’ll stop again and ask for more directions. Together, one step at a time, with God’s help, let’s find our way to hope and home.