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.

Music at University Congregational United Church of Christ has carried us through times that are tragic, celebratory, mundane, both as church and as individuals. And so in some ways, this time of pandemic and social distancing is no different than any other. And yet, in addition to the health crisis, it is completely different because two months ago, I announced that this season would be my last as music director of this beloved community. When I made this decision, based in reasons of personal health and family needs, I had no idea that my last weeks and months would be virtual. And so these “lasts” of my tenure take on an added grief.

I tell my choir members that our efforts are both evanescent and eternal. We might work for weeks on a piece that is over in five minutes. But the moment we created, the lifted heart, the invitation to Spirit – those resound. This is particularly comforting when we mourn the loss of someone in our community; we know that the harmonies we sang together exist in our souls and in our bones. Music changes and abides. So it is with what we’ve played, what we’ve sung, how we’ve come together as a community for the past thirteen years.

We come together, ordinarily, in official groups such as the Chancel Choir, Joyful Noise Chamber Players, Children’s Choir, Viriditas, Sacred Groove, Fellowship of the Ringers, and Consort Spiritus. We come together in “pickup” groups, we come together by sharing solos, and we come together as a congregation. And we are still coming together in this most uncertain moment. Through Zoom, Facebook, YouTube; in the morning shower and on the way to the grocery, we are still raising our voices.

This church has an astonishing rate of music participation. We have a program the size of many cathedrals, and in a given year, almost half of the congregation sings or plays an instrument during worship. I tracked this officially in 2010, when we had 180 participants in music. 180! More than once, a Lecture Series speaker or other guest has commented that we are a congregation that sings. (“Don’t all congregations sing?” I sometimes ask. “Yes, but yours really SINGS.”)

In this unique, history-making time, as we look backward and forward, I hope we will see that it is the coming together, the communion among us, that has made our music sing. A lyric from the movie Frozen 2 says, “You are the one you’ve been waiting for.” Congregation, that’s you! Music directors, clergy, and staff will come and go. The congregation itself will shift and change.
That’s the beauty of congregations. So long as there’s a University Congregational, there will be a YOU. And we may know there’s an even larger YOU that holds us, too. If there’s a gift in this time of COVID, it’s feeling the presence of the larger YOU, even as we miss, well, you.

I share these words from a piece I wrote with organist David Nichols:

I call community
I call compassion in me
I call communion with thee:
God in me, God with us, God in all.

I send forth healing for you
I send forth wholeness for you
I send forgiveness for you:
God in you, God with us, God in all.

Convene the beloved community. Let the people sing. Keep coming together.