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 gro.ccuytisrevinu@sreriuqni 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.

I have always wanted to do a “Photo a day” Lenten Practice. This year, I am finally doing it. And I’m loving it! You can follow them on my instagram @margaretucc or at my facebook. Each day of Lent is an assigned word and so each day I post a picture that I think shows that word and then I give some meaning to why I chose the picture, or what that word means to me. I love this PRACTICE of each day contemplating a word. Some of the words are harder than others. My friend Katrina Fitzpatrick is also on this journey with me. I love that we have different interpretations. If you’d like to join in, please do. Use the hashtag #ucclent2019.

Recently, I posted about the word “NEAR”. Folks really appreciated it and asked that I make it available to a wider audience. So here it is.

I had a hard time thinking about near – near in physical space? near in time? God is near? so… I went with the countdown to college decision time being near.

Lenten photo journey : “Near” – as you know, I work with youth. By now, it’s possible that seniors have made their decisions for next year – gap year, school, trade school, work, travel, etc… and maybe their decision is an intentional choice to not have anything figured out for next year. For those who have applied to college, the final deadline is NEAR to say Yes or No to that school. So, I decided to use a picture of me in college at Seattle University(Go Redhawks!) on move-in day my sophomore year. May 1 is the deadline. The countdown has begun. What I would wish for our youth and for our families is that this decision didn’t have to feel so big! Yes! It is a major investment in yourself! But… I think the rat race scares us into believing that our entire future rests on this one decision! To go to college, to get the good job, to have the nice house and meet your forever person. So that you can have kids and raise them so that they can go to college, to get the good job… you see where this is going. My grandmother worked in college admissions. In fact, she worked at Wellesley College and interviewed Hillary Rodham (now Clinton – I think you’ve heard of her!). My grandmother always said – let college change you! And I have changed that to say “let LIFE change you! Let God change you!” If we plan our lives too much then where is the room for the Holy Spirit to shift and move you towards your deepest calling of self? So… “decision time” is near. But… it doesn’t have to be so big. We all face choices every day. Some seem big, and some seem small. But each one shapes and forms us. And most decisions are not forever. The other thing that is near is God. Don’t forget to bring God into your decisions! Some might call this prayer. Sometimes I have to just get out of the way of my own self and let God in. God is near you and with you always. Let the divine in. Give her space to play and create in your life! Amen. #ucclent2019 #rethinkchurch

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Adding on to this post, I want to share my story that I tell all the seniors. In the beginning of my senior year of High School, I remember driving home and saying out loud and in quite a demanding way, “Ok God, here’s the deal. I’m gonna do everything I need to do to get into school. And you’re going to send me to the right one.” Well…the year went on and I applied to 8 schools. Seattle University was my back-up school as it was across the street from my high school (too close, I felt). And another school was “the” school. Well, I got into 7 of the 8 schools I applied to. The one I didn’t get into … the one school I felt was “THE” school. Clearly, God was telling me, this wasn’t the school for me. And in the end, by the spring, Seattle University did feel like the right choice. I said yes and things fell into place. For me, now when I look back, I see the way this school shaped and formed me and really was the beginning to my seeing myself as a leader and began to give me the skills that I use to this day. I want to say a quick Thank You to Seattle U (Go Redhawks!) for the way it shaped me, taught me about myself and about important skills and topics, the way it transformed my confidence and sense of self, and the way that the people there cared about me and my education.

So, again, we can have all the plans for our lives, but really, let God in and let God create in you and with you!

Amen.