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. 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.

Singing in-person
Because we know singing in person adds an additional element to living in Covidtide, we will not be having congregational singing or choir singing. For the next few months, musical leadership for Sunday morning sanctuary worship will be with soloists, ensembles, and instrumentalists. When choir rehearsals resume they will be in the sanctuary to support distancing.

September communion is moving
We are moving this month’s communion service from September 5 to August 29. This is due to the logistics of returning to the building and working out how we can share the meal. Communion is a joyous celebration and we want to take the time to plan carefully! Our Covid-19 Action Team says that unmasking briefly to share communion is low risk for Covid transmission.

“Where can I sit in the sanctuary?”

  • The Sanctuary will be open for watch parties on September 5, 12, and 19 at 10:00 am. Worship will be led in the sanctuary beginning September 26. We encourage social distanced seating by family groups.
  • The Scheyer Library will be a strict social distancing space for adults watching worship, with extra air filtration and circulation for added safety.
  • The Turner Lounge will be a family-friendly space to watch worship together. This is not a “drop off” zone but a place for families and kids to be together, for those who want to be in-person but aren’t comfortable being in the sanctuary.

“What else can I expect in-person?”
We ask that everyone be masked while inside the building. We will not be serving coffee, cookies, or Sunday morning breakfast. Along with communion, current data says touching stuff isn’t how coronavirus is transmitted. We will be able to pass plates for offering, sign-in on the pew pads to track attendance, and distribute bulletins. We will have colored cards for each nametag to help communicate comfort with distance: green for “please ask me, but I’m okay giving hugs and handshakes,” yellow for more distanced greetings (elbows or fist-bumps), and red for “I am keeping my distance.” Please respect everyone’s boundaries!

Digital worship
Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm
Digital worship is here to stay. Along with in-person worship at 10:00 am in the building, we will be recording elements from that service along with pre-produced pieces for a later broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. We know for some, this is too early for an evening worship and the gift of the digital service is that it can be viewed any time after 5:00 pm.

Sacred space
We’re very excited that CC4LA (Creativity Council for Liturgical Arts) and our artist in residence Nadine
Santo Pietro have created a prayer station in the Turner Commons to help us transition back to the building and our life (physically) together. For more info, see the article on page 3.

Greeters, ushers, and liturgists
As we return to Sundays in the sanctuary we will need to restart some of the opportunities to serve that accompany worship. We need greeters, ushers, liturgists, and communion servers. Reach out to ministry leads or Vicki Farmer at vfarmer@universityucc.org if you would like to help.