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.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a “meeting.”

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. 

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.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

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.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

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.

June 18, 2020

Greetings Beloved Community.

Grace and Peace to you in this week of great turning. As we in the northern hemisphere approach the longest day of the year we note that the summer solstice is this coming Sunday. It is hard to believe that summer is almost here. And this week we have also witnessed other great turnings, as the Supreme Court has issued rulings that support the rights of LGBTQ+ persons, and has blocked the attempt to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) anti-deportation program. Yet we know there is remains much work to do. Even though we have not gathered together physically for over fifteen weeks, we are still being church together.

Yet in all of the ways our church community has carried on in this new and different time, we still miss being together in the same physical space. That grief is real, and we know that it affects different ones of us in different ways. You are all in our prayers.

We also know, as we hear of limited opening of church buildings in different parts of our country and even locally, that it is helpful for you to hear about what our plans are here at University UCC. Last night our Church Council, in their regular monthly meeting, voted to assemble a COVID-19 Task Force, tasked with assessing how, when and under what circumstances UCUCC would consider re-gathering in person.

We have already identified key values and markers that will guide those decisions. We will gather when we know we are not asking the most vulnerable in our community to risk their health or be left behind in isolation. We will continue to follow the guidelines developed out of the best science available, as we follow CDC guidelines and listen to community health professionals. We will honor the work of our custodians and others who care for our building by keeping them as safe as possible. We will wait for good diagnostic, treatment, and vaccine tools to be available. This new Task Force will prioritize and monitor those markers, and provide us with regular updates.

In light of these values and markers, we do not anticipate regathering in any groups of significant size for the remainder of this year. We know that is hard news. But we also know that it is a faithful response to this global pandemic. Other faithful responses include continuing to care for one another in trials of the spirit and in times of joy. So we shall continue to gather virtually and to reach out to one another in compassion. We will continue to worship on-line in ways that nourish our spirit and strengthen us for the work God calls us to. We will continue to call for and work for love in our midst and justice, the public face of love, in the world. We will continue to trust that God in with us in this journey, comforting, calling and empowering.

And in the midst of all of this we continue our work for racial justice. With gratitude and support for those who have stood for, marched, and worked for justice over the past weeks, we commit to continuing this journey together. Every week we pray for God’s will to be done, right here, right now. May we turn our prayers into work for such a kin-dom, until it is real for all.

If you are wondering what you can do in these times of both action and “stay home, stay safe,” here is a resource called Justice in June recommended by our Racial Justice Action Team, with a calendar to help you spend 10 minutes per day (or 25 minutes, or 45 minutes) working for Racial Justice.
In spite of the title, this is “not just for June.” It is the work that calls us every day, and this is a good place to start.

As always, if you have a need in this time please reach out to one of us. This congregation has resources to help in this time. We are holding you all in our hearts.

Blessings,
Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf