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.

Who we are

As a progressive Christian congregation we have many characteristics, and several are listed below.

Join us for worship

We offer worship at our University District campus in Seattle and livestreamed on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. We have a digital worship service that airs on Facebook and YouTube at 5:00 pm on Sunday evenings and remains available for viewing online.

We are…

  • a multi-generational congregation, with a strong passion and commitment to children and youth, along with support for their families.
  • committed to social justice—homelessness and housing, care for creation, racial justice.
  • a large church—and a warm, welcoming place, aspiring to enfold all who come to take part in our community.
  • church of imagination—seeking to envision and live out new ways of being church in the world.
  • led by a team working closely with lay leaders to carry out the ministries of the church.

Nurturing the spirit within

University Congregational United Church of Christ is a progressive Protestant church. We are an inclusive church, open to diverse people and beliefs, rooted in God’s extravagant love, mercy and justice. We are an open and affirming church were we celebrate our diversity in religious background, sexual orientation, race, and abilities. We are welcomed each Sunday in our “believing, seeking and doubting, praying that we will be met here by the living Christ.”

Members of our church agree to work together toward certain shared principles rather than a defined set of beliefs. Thus, we are a church based on our shared covenant, not on a set of specific doctrines.

In the spirit of our heritage, we combine a common loyalty to Jesus Christ with respect for the uniqueness of each individual. We share commitment to God, to one another, and to the world while valuing diversity and open inquiry. We covenant to walk together in faith, but belief in a particular creed is never a requirement.


Our Covenant

As part of our worship service each Sunday, we affirm together the following covenant. We created this covenant to guide our congregational life.

God of Providence and Grace, in a spirit of memory, thanksgiving, and hope:


We covenant with You and with one another;


To seek and respond to Your word and will, made known and to be made known;
To worship You in unity and diversity, welcoming everyone;
To live responsibly within Your creation, sharing with gratitude the gifts we are given;


To care for and pray for each other, in trials of the spirit and in times of joy;
To encourage each other in the growth of our minds and spirits;


To promote Your reign of justice and peace, meeting hate with reconciling love; and
To reject the false gods of society, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus.


May God help us and be with us. Amen

Affiliated with the United Church of Christ

We are part of the United Church of Christ, formed in 1957 through a merger of the Congregational Christian and Evangelical and Reformed Churches, now numbering 1.3 million members in 5,725 churches in the United States and Puerto Rico. Through it we share in the work of the National and World Councils of Churches. Locally, we support the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Faith Action Network.

God is Still Speaking

“God is still speaking,” is a campaign by the United Church of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say. Since 2004, Stillspeaking has worked with thousands of UCC churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all.

Today, under one collective identity, we can enthusiastically lift up that the UCC is a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, many are raising their voices for an alternate vision:

  • Where God is all-loving and inclusive
  • Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
  • Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
  • Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary
  • Where together we grow a just and peaceful world

More information from the Stillspeaking campaign of the United Church of Christ

We listen for the still speaking God in the language of the arts, science, diverse voices and experiences…