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.

Focus Photo of 4 Wooden Pawn FigurineYouth worship is a great way for the youth to gain a better understanding of what it means to put a service together and a deeper connection to worship. This year’s theme is “Strength In Community”, emphasizing how important community is; in particular, Youth Group and the wider church being a space for us to lean on one another and our faith in times of turmoil and lifting each other up in times of celebration.

Sydney Colescott, 12th grade.

An annual tradition for Youth Group is to close out our year with our Youth Worship Service. We, as a group, spend about five weeks working on planning the service. First, we start with the theme—What do the youth want to say this year? What’s the message? What’s the good news? And then, we ask, who wants to give a sermon and what do you want to say about this theme? From there, we build our service—songs/music, readers, writers, etc… It’s an important collaborative and creative process. It changes each year due to the different gifts, talents, perspectives, passions, and ideas that each youth shares in this process.

Every year I look forward to this service because I love that the congregation gets to have a window into conversations that we have had all year long in Youth Group. This year we have focused on relationships—with all the adversity of the pandemic, we had to just focus on being there for each other. Everyone has shown up for each other to create space for whatever folks brought each Sunday. This year we made a lot of space for grief and lament. We made space for hope (even on days where that felt hard to find). We made space for faith and God—where is it? how do we hold onto it? how can we lean on it? We made space for gratitude. We made space for laughter and tears, sometimes at the same time. Our online retreats in March focused on celebrating the strength we have had within us to get through this year and focused on the power in vulnerability. The gift that our youth give to themselves and each other is that they are willing to be vulnerable. They are willing to show up and share and support. They showed up each Sunday on Zoom and for other events ready to explore faith and connection with community when they are already online so much. We coined our new phrase at the end of our closing prayer, “Together we all unmute (pause for folks to unmute) and together we say, Amen“.

Margaret Swanson