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.

If someone promised you something that gives you balance, reduces stress and gives you more power wouldn’t you sign up immediately? Of course you would! That is why I recently bought myself an awesome pair of trekking poles.

Since I’m walking the Camino de Santiago in September, I got myself a pair of Pacer Poles which are made in England and have a special handle which allows you to simply rest your hand on the top of the poles, instead of grasping around the top. Ingenious! They came with crisp British instructions on how to properly use them.

So there I am striding down the Burke-Gilman trail on a twelve-mile walk with my new poles when suddenly my hands start cramping. I looked down and was shocked to see that my knuckles looked like big white marbles because I was gripping the handles so tightly. I was doing this in spite of reading the instructions which state very clearly: “Don’t grip the handle, simply push against it (just slight pressure between thumb and index to retain the pole.)” What I needed to do was relax my hands.

This got me to thinking how I’ve often heard people say, “Get a grip!” This means, “Control yourself!” or “Don’t panic,” or “Get in touch with reality.” It implies grasp harder, use more force, tense up.

But if we’ve ever felt out of control, in pain, or awash in emotions, we know that the worst thing to do is to tense, tighten and clench. It’s exhausting and it doesn’t help. This goes for mental/emotional pain as well as physical pain. If we are contracted into a fetus-like ball of tension our vision is limited. All we can see is our belly buttons. We can’t see any other possibilities.

What we really need to do is counter-intuitive: take some deep breaths; open up. Relax. Expand. Trust. Have faith. But how can do this?

We’ve all been given spiritual walking poles, the Holy Spirit/Divine Presence who lives within each of us. This Presence gives us balance, relieves the pressure we put on ourselves and increases our ability to serve.

Our mystics, music and Jesus himself remind us that we deepen by letting go and trusting.

“All shall be well, all shall be well, all shall be well, all manner of things shall be well,” says St. Julian of Norwich.

“Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side,” says the hymn “Be Still My Soul.”

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid, for lo, I am with you always,” says Jesus.

No one is saying, “Get a grip! Double down! Use force!”

This doesn’t mean that we expend no effort whatsoever. “Don’t grip, simply rest upon it.” So we are not gripping, grasping, grunting. Balance, clarity, insight is never tense. It is peaceful but not lazy. Strong but not taut. Unwavering but not rigid.

Tap into the Spirit for balance, ease and power. These are things to contemplate as we keep moving forward in life.