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.

We chose the recipient of our January Special Offering as an expression of our commitment to countering policies and narratives that criminalize immigrants.

Specifically, it will go to Gethsemane Lutheran Church to support Jose Robles who has been there in sanctuary since June 28. We want to support Jose, his family and their gracious and grace-filled hosts and to demonstrate our solidarity for all who are impacted by the current inhumane immigration system.

Jose is the father of three daughters and an important member of the Lakewood community, where he has lived for 15 years. He was the primary income earner for his family until he was forced to enter sanctuary by the threat of deportation. Since that time he has been unable to work. Entering sanctuary also meant living apart from his family.

His two oldest daughters, college students, were then compelled to secure employment to keep the household together. Nine-year-old daughter Nathalie Robles says she’s in shock and just hoping she doesn’t have to go anywhere. Susana, Jose’s wife, is pregnant and mandated to bed rest, so the family is even more financially challenged than it was before Jose entered sanctuary. To make matters worse, just a few weeks ago the older daughters were laid off when Boeing cut back on several local contractors.

Jose’s attorney has been trying to seek a U-Visa for him. U-Visas are given to certain undocumented immigrants who are victims of a crime and are cooperative with law enforcement in an investigation. In April, Jose was held at gunpoint and beaten while trying to get a haircut. To-date, Lakewood officials have refused to provide verification of the crime so that Jose can qualify for the visa.

All funds given to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church Sanctuary Fund will go for expenses such as maintaining the Lakewood apartment where Jose’s family resides. It will also help to provide groceries for the family, which often eats together at Gethsemane to provide some sense of normalcy for Jose. The church has also hosted family celebrations, such as two recent children’s birthdays.

As we help with Jose’s sanctuary needs, we hope to educate ourselves further on how to be of general and specific help to those who fear deportation before they have a chance to defend their right to remain in our country. Representing us in local sanctuary support are Cassie Emanuel, Lisbeth Gilbert and Pam Smith-Mentz. They will be glad to answer questions you may have about our participation in this tragic deportation situation.

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