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 – and acting to change the world. We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. We invite visitors to wear a name-tag from the pew register folder so we may more easily greet you by name.

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. You will be met at the door with a warm handshake and welcome, and our friendly greeters can help direct you and answer your questions.

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and sit on the main floor or in the balcony - wherever you feel most at ease. We look forward to welcoming you.

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.

We offer a complimentary "inquirers Lunch" on the second Sunday of the month for people interested in learning more about us. It is an informal session over soup, salad and dessert where you can meet others who may be on a similar spiritual journey and learn how to plug into this church community from long-term members and clergy.

We'll explore topics from history, to theology, to membership. To RSVP, or let us know about special needs (Including childcare or food sensitivities) email us at inquirers@universityucc.org or call 206-979-7539.

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.

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.

For my ordination, I wanted to wear what Ghandi wore. Well, not a loincloth and shawl, but a robe that was made by my own hand. Ghandi spun the thread and wove the cloth himself. So I wanted to make my own clergy robe. This was a good idea since a search of clergy robes showed me that were all too big, too long and had only slits for pockets. What if you wear a dress with no pockets? Where to put a tissue? That means that you leave a trail of wadded up Kleenex like white rabbit droppings.

Of course there was nothing in the pattern books that vaguely resembled an alb. So I set about making the pattern myself. Harder than I thought. At one point I did wonder if the UCC would be okay with a loincloth and shawl. But finally I made a pattern that I was sure would work.

Since I had no delusions about spinning and weaving, I hit the fabric stores. After much searching I finally found a creamy white fabric that was not too heavy and not too light. I bought the entire bolt. There was just enough to cut out the robe with nothing to spare. I unpinned the pattern to begin sewing. That is when I had The Horrible Realization.

I neglected to cut the back of the robe on a fold so I could simply open it out into one piece. Now I was stuck with two pieces and no seam allowance. Suddenly I couldn’t breathe. I tried joining them with iron-on tape which clearly was not going to hold together. So then I got the brilliant idea to zig-zag down the middle. It looked like the work of a drunken surgeon—ugly, puckered stitches.

I had no more fabric. My ordination was a week away. I couldn’t afford to buy new fabric. Worst of all? There was no one to blame but myself. I dropped the pieces on my sewing table. I came upstairs, made a cup of tea and sat in my living room watching the November drizzle. What to do?

I sipped my tea, I wiped my tears, I looked around the room. We hadn’t been married very long and I was still in my Doily Phase: my nana’s doilies were everywhere. I absent-mindedly fingered one on the arm of the couch. Cover the mistake with doilies! Well, that would be ridiculous. But what if I could find some kind of doily-like lace to hide the hideous seam?

Return to the fabric store! And there, on the shelf, right at my eye level, as if it had been waiting for me, was a spool of cream-colored crocheted lace. It was so perfect that for the second time that day I was in tears. If I was going to run it down the back, then I’d better run down the front too and on the sleeves for good measure. Make it look like I intended it.

Almost all of the compliments I get on my robe are about that crocheted lace. If I have time and the situation seems right, I explain how I used it to cover a horrible mistake, how I didn’t know what to do so I didn’t do anything at first.

I’ve found that often, when confronted with a problem, the best thing to do is nothing at first. Just wait. But this is so hard for us. We want to rush to action. Fix it! Make it okay. It can be agonizing to just sit with the pain and wait—not just for any answer—but the right answer. This is when we need to make a cup of tea, wipe our tears, look around and listen.

It is possible to turn our mistakes into something beautiful—but sometimes we have to wait.