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.

Imagine yourself in the paid workforce (This might be super easy!). Let’s call it a full-time job. A 5-day work week Image result for images of punching in time clockprobably comes to mind of 40 hours (Thank you, labor unions!). Some of you like me even remember a timecard that you “punched” inside of a special clock.  Now imagine that your supervisor or perhaps a trusted work adviser says, “Don’t go in on Friday. You’ll get more work done.”  Huh?

That’s exactly what Microsoft Japan did with some of its workers. For a month, they got every Friday off and productivity rose 40%.  Japan’s workforce is at the top of the list for hours worked and at the bottom for productivity among similar type economies.

The Microsoft Japan study’s results have been seen before in multiple studies: increasing rest and recreation produce greater productivity. Of course, for hourly workers, the clock is pay, clock (chronos) time is rewarded, a legacy of the industrial revolution where people were turned into repetitive job machines.

Image result for images of overworked womanI bring up the topic and mention this study because I was working at my home office in Boulder this week and noticed my own inner resistance and moral judgment when I felt tired and thought about a nap after lunch.  Though recovering from sickness and late night travel, my inner voice said, “No, I can’t do that. I’m supposed to be working! I have things to do! I’m on the clock!” I was curious at my resistance.  What about you? What was it like for you to imagine the advice scenario above; a nap or rest or less work hours? Did you feel any twinge of hesitation or guilt?

I also name this study and story because rest is a theological matter, a deep basic truth.  Our first story of Scripture ends with the seventh day proclaimed as a day of rest, Sabbath, aka God’s big exhale.  We still worship together weekly because of this rhythm.

The deep wisdom of sabbath is rest, renewal, and remembering.

In addition to the needed physical rest from labor for people and animals that produces renewal, sabbath was meant to be a useful spiritual practice for remembering the Creator and the Creation, and our humble place in the miracle of Life.  It is a time to get out of the narrow practical consciousness of the ego, the money maker, the material consumer, the do-er, and shift into the Divine Wonder of earth, beauty, connection, communion, being, surrender, celebration, gratitude, and humility.  The physical rest and the spiritual practice produce renewal and re-creation. We move from chronos (linear time) to kairos (sacred time) in deep Sabbath practice.

Maybe I got lost in the Protestant work ethic or the cash economy culture of production or maybe even in trying to gain someone’s approval (even my own).  The Sabbath truth of rest and renewal remains. Work AND rest serve each other, even in times of crisis and need like these.

By the way, I didn’t take that nap the other day.

But my spouse and I are planning to take 3 days during Thanksgiving week (Tuesday – Thursday) to turn off our phones and computers and rest.  No prepping a big dinner. No travel. Just reading, talking, sleeping, connecting, praying, playing, and remembering who and whose we are amidst this wonder of Creation.