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.

Greetings Beloved Community,

As we enter week ten of our “stay home, stay safe” time, we are continuing to hold one another in our hearts and in our prayers. This is a difficult time for all.

And in this time when everything seems changed, some things remain clear. In this pandemic, the brokenness of our healthcare system, our justice system, our immigration system and our economic system have been on full display. The personal grief we feel in this difficult time is multiplied by our corporate grief as we are also caught up in such systemic injustices. Long term and continued economic disparity and corporate wealth accumulation has left the lowest paid workers vulnerable and distressed. Ongoing systemic racism means that people of color are experiencing disproportionate impacts of job loss, economic devastation, illness, and death. Our national rhetoric has led to increased hate crimes and vandalism directed toward people of Asian descent. And racist terrorism continues. Last week, news of the February shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and the March shooting of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and the delayed prosecution of their attackers, has demonstrated again the ways our country continues to live out its deadly racist legacy.

Yet, as people of faith, we do not despair. We know that grief always carries within it the seeds of hope. To see suffering and injustice clearly, and to feel the impact of that suffering, is a first step toward change.
This pandemic is offering us a chance to bear witness, on the deepest levels, to brokenness. And when we see it and name it, we are no longer captive to it. We can work to change it.

There are things each of us can do, and we as a church can do, even in this time when we are not able to be together physically. As your pastors, we are committed to helping this congregation live out our covenant to “reject the false gods of society, meeting hate with reconciling love.” That means for all of us, we can continue to speak out. We can continue to use the resources and privileges we have to confront and address the brokenness all around us. We can continue to name the injustices, and to demand a dismantling of the structures that support it.

Theologian Walter Brueggemann notes that our prophetic imagination is fed by two rivers. The first is one of grief. And yes, we have felt that torrent. The second, Bruggeman calls “doxology,” or praise. By this he means that even in our grief we can see the beauty in the moment and respond to the hope such beauty invites. This is the river of gratitude.

When we are awakened from the thrall of “that’s just the way things are” we can see more deeply what matters most. In the face of deep pain and loss, we can know that God is with us.
We see that in simple gifts all around us. The blossoming of spring. The comfort of a conversation with a friend. The kindness of a stranger. The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. The birth of a child. And in our grief, and in our gratitude, we can hear God’s kin-dom call.

So during this time, as we are praying for and caring for one another, we are also praying for and caring for our world. May God bless you in your grieving, in your gratitude, and in your action.

In Covenant,

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf