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.

Who imagined four years ago (long before either of us thought we would be in the UCUCC Moderator and Assistant Moderator positions we hold today), when each of us put a down payment toward the Iona pilgrimage with Pastor Catherine, that the trip would be two years delayed and our absence would occur as the congregation was emerging from the worst of a world-wide pandemic? Catherine has retired, and Pastor Steve will instead accompany our group. We’re confident each pilgrim carries different intentions for this journey than they originally conceived.

Ed’s and Carol’s week on Iona is bookended by their daughter’s wedding before and time in Scotland afterwards, returning in mid-September. Rose’s Iona time is preceded by a period in Ireland to visit family of origin landmarks, then followed by time in rural Scotland. She and Royce will return to Seattle in late September.
We want you to know that while we are away, we are holding you, our congregation, in prayer. This beloved community has human challenges and struggles, some unique to these times. With you, we are in our lives’ pilgrimages now, and truly all our time away will also be in pilgrimage.

Terry Moore, our Past Moderator, has graciously agreed to serve as Acting Moderator during the period we are both out of the country, from August 24 through September 15. If there are issues that arise which require urgent lay leadership response, Terry is available to listen and respond. When we return, each of us plans to be available for conversation after worship on Sundays and by email or phone during the week.

UCUCC is a congregation led church, working collaboratively with our ordained pastors. Although the Council is not meeting in August, lay leaders continue their work. The feedback from Rekindling Connections Conversation sessions led by the Parish Care Committee and the Calling, Engagement & Community Ministry has been shared with the pastors, moderator, and assistant moderator, and further steps will be discussed in Council in September. The Pastor Search Committee is actively interviewing candidates. With deep roots in the UCUCC community, committee members are listening to the congregation’s priorities and concerns and are seeking a settled pastor who will serve with and complement Pastors Amy and Steve.

All UCUCC members are welcome to attend Council meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Held at 7:00 pm, the next is scheduled for September 21. Please email Terry or Ed if you would like to attend this hybrid meeting and receive a packet. Each Council packet contains the minutes of the previous meeting and monthly updates by the Moderator, Pastors, and representatives of each of the five Ministries. Past packets can be found on the UCUCC website on the council resource page https://www.universityucc.org/church-council-resources/ and the council actions summary is published in Church & Home. Reviewing them is an excellent way to “peek behind the scenes” and update yourself on the substantial work in process by your fellow lay congregants.

Pastor Amy’s sabbatical will begin after September 4, and she will return in early January. While she is gone, Pastors Steve and Loren will be joined by guest ministers, covenant partners and retired pastors in rotation to preach and provide pastoral care. Prayer circle will continue to be led by Pastor Loren, and Katrina Fitzpatrick will lead the Bible Study group in Amy’s absence.

We hold you in the spirit of continuing to “care for and pray for each other, in trials of the spirit and in times of joy and encouraging each other in the growth of our minds and spirits.”

Blessings and Peace,
Ed Coleman, UCUCC Moderator (moderator@universityucc.org)
Rose Morrison, UCUCC Assistant Moderator (asstmoderator@universityucc.org)