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.

Beloved Community,

We are church, and we are essential.

As we have been hearing questions over this last week, about when the church might “reopen,” we want to be clear.

Our church has never been closed.

In this time of limited physical gathering, we have continued to be church. We have been worshipping, praying, caring for one another and ministering to the world throughout this pandemic time. We know we are not in our building right now, but we will not mistake our building for church.

And yet, while closed for congregational gathering, our building, as a resource of our church, has also remained open for direct services programming to the most vulnerable in our community. We have been doing essential work providing space for non-profits to support homeless at-risk teens and essential workers needing childcare. We are grateful to those on our staff, most especially our custodians, who are helping us continue to be church in this way too.

So, we are grateful for all the ways we are continuing to live out that essential nature of what it means to be church. We also know that there are questions about when we might gather in our building again. For an answer to that question, we look to both our basic understanding of what it means to be church, and to the scientifically informed guidelines being offered by those who are developing protocols to minimize risk. Our values tell us we will gather in our building when we know we are not asking the most vulnerable in our communities to take their lives in their hands or be left behind in isolation. We will gather when we know our custodians and others who care for our building are as safe as we can possibly make them. We will gather when a rapid and reliable test is readily available. We will gather, in-person, when it is a true reflection of God’s love and compassion and not before.

We are the church and we are essential.

This week, the news reverberates with the phrase “I can’t breathe.”
It is hard to hold all the grief: over one hundred thousand dead from Covid-19, with its impact being felt the hardest in communities of color. The heart-rending death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, his last words echoing those of Eric Garner six years ago. Racism is a deadly virus, too.

Last summer we passed a resolution to become a Racial Justice Congregation. We acknowledged our participation in systemic racism. We affirmed a call to improve our understanding of systemic racism, and to work to change those systems in our communities, our church, and ourselves. We made a commitment to each other to make strides in self-awareness and community learning, and to lift our voices in witness as followers of Jesus, who himself was an innocent brown-skinned man killed at the hands of the state.

When we feel helpless, overwhelmed, or grief-stricken, we are companioned by the Christ who understands our pain. Like the early Disciples, we follow the way of Jesus because Christ can make a Way out of no way. Christ calls us to a way of justice and radical inclusion, a way that seeks to make the kin-dom of heaven here on earth. Let us search our hearts and renew our personal commitment to this work.

We are the church, and we are essential.

Yours in Covenant,

Amy Roon
Catherine Foote
Todd Smiedendorf

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Special Congregational Meeting, August 4, 2019

BE IT RESOLVED THAT UNIVERSITY CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST IS CALLED TO BE A RACIAL JUSTICE CHURCH

We acknowledge that there are many ways in which we, as a congregation, take part in the systemic racism that exists in our society.

We affirm that as people of faith and followers of Jesus, we are called to work in our understanding of systemic racism, and to work in ways both in and outside the church to change those systems and ourselves.

We acknowledge that while our journey in this work has begun, many steps are still to be taken. We are called to take strides in self-awareness, in community learning, and to be a voice with others in witness to our faith.

We affirm that these steps will include but are not limited to:

  • Hanging a Black Lives Matter banner in public display on the exterior of our church building, in recognition that Black lives have been systemically devalued by our society and that we live out the love of God justly by publicly saying #BlackLivesMatter.
  • Developing benchmarks within our church programs, worship services, employment practices and physical structure to eradicate racism and promote more inclusive practices.
  • Continuing our sacred conversations about race through peace circles, trainings, book groups, lectures, etc.
  • Continuing our involvement with outside groups, congregations and policies that promote justice for people of color.
  • Developing a process of accountability when inevitable racist comments and practices are brought to light.
  • Wherever possible coordinating with the other social justice activities in the Church including Sacred Earth, Housing and Homelessness, and Immigrant Rights teams.

We make this commitment and continue on this journey knowing that our work will be imperfect and incomplete, yet also knowing that it is crucial that we make bold and courageous steps, call on God’s love and grace for ourselves and each other when we fall short, and move forward secure in the knowledge that God is calling us to be on this sacred journey of honesty, commitment, passion and hope.