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.

Dear Friends,

Grace and peace to you all.

This week, as we are noticing the lengthening arcs of pandemic predictions, we are also noticing many layers of transitions. We made a relatively quick transition in March from our business as usual to working and meeting remotely (or at least at a physical distance). Transition. We also noticed that in the last 18 months UCUCC has made numerous transitions of staff; ministers, office staff, and program staff (Thirteen years of Music Direction by Heidi Blythe will end on June 7th and a Transitional Music Director will be hired later this summer). Transition. We have had members die and move, and new babies have been born. Transitions continue.

Given that the only constant is change, this is more about acknowledging the pace of transitions and, from a place of faith, that these times offer not only challenge, but potential learning and transformation. Transition by definition is a liminal space, an in-between when one is neither in the old or the new. Our ancient Scripture stories offer a litany of transition stories where locations and names change, and people are transformed. When Jacob is running away (in transition), he has a dream (Genesis 28) seeing angels ascending and descending on a ladder and says, “Surely the Lord is in this place.” As Jacob is running away again later (in transition), he meets and wrestles with an angel in the night to gain a blessing (Genesis 32).

In this new multi-layered dance of change and continuity for our congregation and for our nation, we offer that this liminal space of transition might also be a place where God is, where there is wrestling and even fear, yet where we might receive a new dream and a new blessing. The liminal space of transition can be potent space. Whether through grief, a new dream, a new relationship, or a new story, transition can be faithful space where we can especially be open to Spirit’s moving and Spirit’s abiding Presence of comfort and creativity, of compassion and justice seeking.

Whether long or short, shallow or deep, our transitions are sacred times and spaces. Let us keep breathing, keep praying, keep serving, and keep connecting so that together we open ourselves to Spirit’s call and movement in such a time as this. We are holding you all in our prayers.

In the Tide of Easter,

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf