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.

On January 6th, our liturgical calenday reminds us, we celebrate the feast of Epiphany. In the traditional way we Protestant Christians celebrate religious holidays here in the United States, however, Epiphany plays a minor role. When it shows up at all in our consciousness, it is probably just a blip. If I just stopped someone on the street and asked them to name three important Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter would immediately come to mind. They might then, as they cast about for a third, name Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, or even Memorial Day ahead of Ash Wednesday, Pentecost, or Epiphany. Nevertheless, Epiphany (also known as Three Kings Day and the 12th Day of Christmas) is one of the oldest Christian feast days. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition it rivals Christmas, and in some European countries, gifts are actually exchanged on Epiphany rather than on Christmas Day, in memory of the gifts the magi brought to Jesus.

The practice of giving gifts after Christmas has always appealed to me, and one worth considering for those of us who are harried by “last minute” Christmas shopping. My brother-in-law and I always exchange calendars this time of year (I get him “Wolves” and he gets me “Border Collies”) and we always buy our calendar gifts after Christmas when they are half-price. If you wait until January 6th to give gifts, almost every Christmas item is 75% off.

At our church, we have changed our all-staff Christmas Party to an Epiphany Party. That makes so much more sense for those of us who are professionally swamped at Christmas. At our party, we give one another white elephant gifts. The cost limit for such gifts is five dollars, although we prefer to exchange things that came to us free. But at 75% of, there are a lot of $5 elephants out there after Christmas.

Epiphany on the farm can also be as joyous and welcome as Christmas. It is becoming more clear now that the days are getting longer, even if only slightly. The animals sense, along with me, that we are moving toward the light. And ultimately, that is what the word “Epiphany” means- “appearance, insight,” or even “revelation.” Epiphany is a season of Light.

So now, after Christmas, I offer an Epiphany blessing. I hope you all had a happy Christmas. And as we move into this season of Epiphany, may you be continually reminded of the deepest gift that comes this time of year. It is a gift of faith and of hope. It is another affirmation for you and me and all the weary world. May you know that “the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not, cannot, overwhelm it.”