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.

 

 It’s that time of year again: graduation. But let’s look at what happens after graduation: summer!—that precious and perilous time before an enormous life change. Precious, yes—but perilous?

Summer after graduation is a liminal time—betwixt and between—leaving behind an unforgettable, important time in life and moving toward something new. But what exactly? We can’t know precisely because we are not there yet. So there can be a sense of unease, a sort of psychic itchiness around the collar.

But liminality is not limited to graduation. Many times we feel that we are on the threshold of something that we can’t name. We feel this when we are between jobs, waiting for a birth, a diagnosis or an answer to some kind of life-changing question.

The other only thing that is certain is that we are going somewhere, but it is entirely unpredictable what will happen when we get there. This uncertainty and ambiguity can be disturbing, depressing, uncomfortable—and it’s great because this is where the transformation happens!

When I was a chaplain I ran into this kind of uncertainty all the time. One man said to me, “I wasn’t raised in a church but just figured there was a God and if I was good then I would have a good life. I believed that preparation is the key to success and happiness. I was thoughtful about where I trained and worked. Everything was going just as a planned. Of course I knew that s**t happens. I just didn’t think it would happen to me. I questioned everything I ever believed about my life, my self and my death.”

It is precisely this surrender that precedes a breakthrough to a new kind of thinking. Being in a liminal space requires a different kind of thinking where we’re willing to explore new ideas even though they may seem ridiculous, crazy or just plain wrong.

Life is not a nice, neat mathematical equation where everything adds up every time. We say we know this and yet we are shocked and furious when life does not present the way we expected it to. Being in a liminal place is like free falling through outer space: there is nothing to hang on to, not even a horizon we can use to orient ourselves. What a great time to question everything we’ve ever believed about life and death and ourselves.

 It’s easy to dread this time. But if we replace dread with curiosity, the experience becomes interesting and not frightening. When we move forward with the questions, “I wonder what this will be like? Who shall I become? Who will I meet?” it is no longer a frustrating wait, but an existential expedition

This is where Both/And thinking comes in. If we think that being betwixt-and-between holds nothing of value, then we will find nothing. But if we can hold a creative tension between Both/And and say, “Yes, this is hard and there is something in this for me,” we will find a rare gem. This is deep spiritual work.

There is something for us here, but what? We want to know. And we want to know now. But there is no rushing transformation. It’s like demanding Christmas when it’s only July.

This is what Rilke was talking about in his Letters To A Young Poet:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

His words have even greater impact now, a hundred years later, where to be uncertain is unthinkable; where in social gatherings, “Google it!” is said more often than, “Please,” or “Thank you.” We want to know. And we want to know now—and often we can.

Our discomfort with uncertainty isn’t a personal failing; we are hard-wired to avoid it. It’s a survival tool. We have to be certain we can kill that animal, eat that plant, drink that water. We have to be certain our cave is safe.

Spiritual uncertainty is rarely appreciated. Most people don’t realize that it is a pregnancy of the spirit. Something transcendent is growing inside us that we can’t yet name, we can’t yet appreciate. We want to rush to certainty but this could be the death of that which is developing within us. Like many pregnancies it is uncomfortable. We have to allow uncertainty to gestate until we birth something sacred and amazing within ourselves.

I don’t know exactly what happened when Jesus was in the tomb. It was a graduation of sorts—he could never go back to being a teacher with his merry band of disciples. He went on to something much greater—a constant Presence in our lives.