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.

How can anyone be miserable in beautiful, enchanted Switzerland? I mean, c’mon!

But I lived there for a year in 2014 and I was miserable. Here’s why: despite spending the previous year taking college courses in French and then a three-week intensive course at the University of Geneva, I couldn’t understand a thing anybody was saying. Lesson: just because you can read The Little Prince in French doesn’t mean you can parlez français. 

I was bitterly–and I do mean bitterly–disappointed.

Because I couldn’t communicate, in no time I turned into an introvert—an insecure, fearful one. I asked myself, “Who am I?” Yes, you can spend your whole life pondering this existential question. In the mean time, someone has to buy groceries.

But here’s what happens when you can’t read the labels:

  • You and your husband wash your hair with conditioner for an entire week resulting in a greasy look that is not flattering to either of you.
  • You serve your guests what you think is veal sausage that you have just grilled. But it’s really some form of cooked pasta that is now hard and dry.
  • You ruin a colored load of laundry because you think 60º is Fahrenheit and not Centigrade.

Military time, centimeters, centigrade, grams, kilograms: exquisite and insidious forms of torture. Scene in the Farmer’s Market:

Seller: Vous bxln tqupr cnxz?

Me: (assuming he’s asking how many little containers I want) Deux!

Seller: (slightly irritated and surprised) Vxbdfrzteaux?

Me: (panicking) Oui, oui!

I watch in horror as he bags two kilos (four pounds) of olives. I hand over the money and then immediately go buy a box of beautiful chocolates–and eat them–all. 

So I was miserable for seven months and then one day I decided to be happy.

What?! Decide to be happy?

Seriously. Here’s what I learned—and as with many spiritual truths it’s counterintuitive—there will be no external change until there is an internal change.

I know, I know: our culture teaches us differently: “If only I had x, y and z, then I would be happy.” But we all know better than that. I also knew that I had to feel my feelings (frustration, anger, sadness, depression), give them a voice, (“I hate it here because I can’t communicate and I’m frustrated!”) and then move on (I will be happy anyway!)

Once I made that decision, everything changed. No, I never did learn to communicate in French. I just decided to explore what it was like to be an introvert, to be the quiet one, to be the observer. And when guests came by and I couldn’t understand anything, I just smiled and served them olives. Lots of olives.

But no chocolates. I saved those for myself.