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 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.

I just spent the last ten days at boot camp and like many people I returned home exhausted, bruised, humbled and aware of just how out of shape I am.

I’m not talking about some kind paramilitary camping trip where we play catch with ten pound kettle balls and then climb ropes using only our teeth. That kind of boot camp is easy.

I’m talking about spiritual boot camp where you’ll be forced to face up to who you really are; where you’ll be begging the Divine to deliver you, where you’ll see how deluded you’ve been about your own spiritual growth.

And I’m not talking about any kind of wussy, woodland retreat center that offers, “a monastic milieu that promises silence, solitude and stillness.”

Please. Sissy.

I’m talking about moving an elderly parent from the home in which you grew up. The same home in which your parents have lived for sixty-seven years and accumulated enough stuff for sixty-seven lifetimes!

I’m talking about a place where your parent cherishes a vintage egg beater that belonged to her mother but doesn’t grasp the preciousness of the ceramic cat holding a candy cane you made in fifth grade.

This is the place where you will discover how incredibly unsatisfying it is to say, “I told you so.” No matter how many months ago you said, “Start sorting now,” they just don’t listen. It’s like warning small children they’ll get sick from eating all that candy. They just don’t believe you! Fine. But there is no satisfaction in watching either of them moan and groan as they vomit or finally realize the movers arrive tomorrow.

Think you’re compassionate, forgiving and understanding? I invite you to this particular spiritual boot camp. But here’s the catch: you can’t use my parent, you have to use your own! Why? Because your parents have their own special way of helping you—well, let’s just say—evolve.

Many before me have said that very few people grow spiritually just from prayer and meditation, but most people grow through suffering. I am one of them.

Your impatience, frustration and eye-stabbing anger at your parent(s) is not the worse part. The worst part is having those feelings about yourself because you have failed to be compassionate, forgiving and understanding.

Don’t think reading the Bible will be any comfort to you. It will make things worse. And then it will make things better.

Most of us are familiar with 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 AKA “The Love Chapter.” It’s often read at weddings because it’s perfect to keep in mind when you are beginning a life path with another human—or any human—at any time. Well, let’s just say that if it weren’t so long I’d tattoo it on my forearm.

To refresh:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (NIV)

This is so beautiful and so much easier when you apply it to other humans. It is much harder to apply to yourself. Here’s how it would read if you were relating it only to yourself.

“I am patient and kind to myself. I don’t dishonor myself with negative self-talk. I don’t easily get mad at myself nor do I keep a record of my stupidity. I don’t shame myself when I screw-up but rejoice when I have an insight. I protect and always trust myself. I always hope and always persevere.”

Breathtaking isn’t it?

We’re fooling ourselves if we think that we can be patient and kind to everyone else and torture only ourselves. How I treat myself bleeds into how I feel about others whether I show it or not.

How can we love our enemies if we can’t love ourselves?

I’ll leave you with one more rewritten Bible verse:

Ephesians 4:32

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to [yourself[, tenderhearted, forgiving [yourself] , as God in Christ forgave you.

May we make it so.

And please donate everything you own to the Superfluity sale. Your children will thank you.