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 inquirers@universityucc.org 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 Members and Friends,

We are in the midst of challenging and unsettling times. Not only have these last years been divisive and exhausting, but just in this last week, we have seen the immediate, deadly consequences of hate and division. We are being called to community. We are being called to action. We are being called to be a source of strength: for each other, all who are vulnerable, and this fragile world. Acknowledging much that is the cause of anguish and anger, we believe we are called to look for strength and life beyond human institutions. Jesus calls us to reach beyond divisions and divisiveness toward a reign of justice and peace. Even so, we are also called to be active citizens in this world. That can be challenging.

Many have looked to the upcoming mid-term elections as a place to put great hope, or a place where we have focused our deep fears. In these days, it is easy to vacillate between hope and despair. We hope for leaders who are helpful, for clear direction and possibility, and for a bright present and future. We also know this is a time when fears can grow. Recognizing the impact of choices made by our government in our own lives and in the wider world, we urge all who are able to vote to exercise that right, and defend it for others. We also know that there are those in this country who do not have that right, and who must look to people of good will to remember them while voting.

In such a time as this, it is good to be reminded of a greater hope and love which holds us all. In our community and country, we see much that calls for compassion and connection: opportunities for us to express our gratitude and hope. We will continue to work faithfully for God’s reign of love and justice. Whatever the outcome of the election next week, we will continue to hold this congregation, our country, and our world in prayer. We will continue to remind ourselves that “the world is now too small for anything but truth and too dangerous for anything but love.” Those reminders carry us beyond any particular election, any specific action, into a way of life grounded in love.

On the day following the election — Wednesday, November 7, at 7pm — the church will host a gathering in the chapel. This will be a time to be together, regardless of the election outcome or other secular realities. It will be a time for prayer, and for rededication to the deep hope in God which holds us. You are welcome here.

And you are welcome in our ongoing life together in the weeks and months ahead as we continue this sacred journey toward a hope beyond all our imaginings. Please join us!

Blessings,

Catherine Foote, Pastor
Amy Roon, Pastor
Peter Ilgenfritz, Pastor
David Anderson, Church Administrator