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.

I move around house sitting while I’m here in Seattle.  This messes with my routine. When I arrive at a new neighborhood, I need to find out anew where to shop, eat, get gas, use mass transit, and find a new route to work, not to mention finding stuff in the house.

Having a routine is important to me. It is one way I try to make sure I keep consistently doing things that are good for me; eat well, exercise, floss and brush, rest, etc.  It was recently during exercise, during a dark morning walk (see Seattle, winter), that I was reminded of other important routines that are good for me like learning about and staying connected with larger realities of community, society, and earth.

My walking exercise became a learning exercise when I put on my headphones and listened to a podcast, The 1619 Project 

As we remembered in our worship in late summer, it was 400 years ago that the first African slaves were brought to a British controlled area that became the United States, a place near Jamestown, Virginia. With great skill and art, The 1619 Project connects this history to the life of African Americans now.  This is our American history but, for many, especially white people like me, this a hidden history. Like the women we are featuring in worship during this season of Advent and Christmas, many peoples of color and cultures of non-European descent have stories that are not told, not taught.

Having a routine of learning these hidden histories is good for me, even when it’s a walk into the dark side of American history or my own.

As I move around Seattle, I’m learning new things about those areas I move into.  Hidden histories are like that: new places that our historical learning routine never went to and that we have to go to in order to learn about. And that learning paves the way for writing a more complete story that can lead us to a more perfect union, a more just world because it’s based on a more complete truth.  Jesus said something about the truth setting us free in John’s Gospel.  What he was saying in chapter 8 was that living out his teaching, living that truth of life would set people free.

Listening to and living out Jesus’ teaching was the routine that was good for the disciples and for us. The living truth of God in Christ Jesus is Love, a love that leads to healing and justice. The fuller truth, the one that includes hidden histories in our nation, can set us free. For most of us, it will likely take a routine of learning them if we are to know that fuller truth and bring love and justice to its residual realities.

Just like exercise can be an effort and a stretch, but ends up being good for the body and spirit, so it is with learning the hidden histories of those whose stories have been ignored and neglected. Books, movies, podcasts, plays, historic sites, etc. They are all opportunities to encourage and realize a liberating learning.

Even in the Seattle dark, I’m going to keep up a routine for good, one that includes walking into and learning what has been hidden.

What ways of learning hidden histories have you made, or would like to make, a routine in your life?