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.

Old protective husk

Encounters perfect conflict,

Reveals inner light.

“Money plant! This is how you make money!” That is how my grandmother introduced me to Lunaria annua. Then she showed me how to rub the dried pods so that the husk comes off to reveal the silvery opalescent leaf.

These plants grow wild in my neighborhood and when I see them, I nod to these old friends. But now I call them “Inner Light” plants because they remind me of what it takes to reveal our Inner Light.

It takes just the perfect amount of friction or conflict for us to lose our old skins, our old way of being. Yet we all shy away from it because disagreement is uncomfortable. It’s easier to talk about the traffic or the weather or sports. And yet when we meet conflict and allow it to help us shed our old ways of thinking or being, our beauty is revealed.

How can there be any life without conflict? What happens when the shovel hits the soil? That’s conflict! Without that conflict the soil will remain hard, unforgiving and nothing in it will grow—except maybe weeds.

I think it is the same for all of us. If don’t allow conflict, if we don’t allow the soil of our souls to be dug up, turned over and softened, there is not much chance of growth. But as Christians, aren’t we supposed to avoid conflict? Be loving and kind and acquiescent?

I point you to the Bible. The Prophets were all about conflict! Speaking truth to power when it would have been so much easier to be quiet. There’s Moses arguing with his stubborn people yet he refuses to leave them. And of course Jesus was Mr. Conflict! Overturning the tables in the temple, chastising the disciples—going to Calvary.

Besides “money plant,” another name for Lunaria Annua is “honesty” plant—so perfect because that is the most important part of conflict: truth. Honesty and truth are what give us the courage to challenge and be challenged. Conflict growing from honesty and truth is a place of growth and place of grace.

We all know that swallowing the truth time after time does no one any good. Sometimes the smallest truth can be the hardest to voice.

“I felt really hurt when you said that.”

“I can’t cover for you any more. It’s wrong that you are not doing your share of the work.”

“I know you are cheating.”

Truth can also be dangerous. We could lose our jobs, our relationships, even our lives. And truth can be damaging to the other person if spoken without love.

I was recently with some friends who were sharing stories. One person, choking back tears told a very sad and intense story finishing with, “I’ve never told that story before.”

Immediately another person said, “Yes, you did. You’ve told us about that before.”

I quickly rerouted the conversation because although they were correct, to remind this person who just spilled their guts that this was a rerun, seemed cruel to me.

I go with the African proverb: “All truth is good, but not all truth at all times.” And this was one of those times. Context. Intent.

At the same time I’ve often said, “Speak your truth with love and compassion and let the chips fall where they may.” Love and compassion. Sometimes we just want to be right but is that loving and compassion choice?

That’s where I think God’s grace comes in. If we are tuned into Spirit we will know what is loving and compassionate. And sometimes being loving actually means hurting the other person.

“You have drinking problem that is destroying this family.”

I don’t think there are hard and fast rules about truth and honesty and conflict except one: listen for God’s voice.

So many words about a plant that grows wild along the highway! “Money plant,” “Inner Light plant,” “honesty plant.” Just don’t call it a weed.