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.

1 Corinthians 12:25-27
That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

“Thank God for this community!” one of us exclaimed looking around at all the familiar faces in the Turner Lounge.

We three women all nodded, wiping our eyes, trying to swallow cookies when our throats were dry and tight from crying. We were standing in a circle, in shock that we had just attended Molly’s memorial service. It felt like a bad dream. How could that have happened?

Molly and her family were part of our community. As Saint Paul reminds us, “If one member suffers, all suffer together.” The most important word here is not “suffer,” but “together.”

In the same way that joy is amplified when celebrating together, comfort is amplified when grieving together. That is one reason why weddings and funerals are so powerful. And so, last Saturday we were suffering together.

At Molly’s service all the presiding clergy, the musicians, the family members who spoke—all knew her and all knew one another. This was so different from the many funerals and memorials I’ve conducted as a hospital chaplain.

As hospital chaplains we always encourage families to contact their own clergy and church communities for services. But that is exactly why I ended up presiding at so many: most people don’t have a church community.

This is Washington state, where when asked about religion, 32% identify as “none” and 22% of say “nothing in particular.”

That’s why I’ve done services where besides the family, I’m the only one participating in the service who knew the deceased. If you don’t belong to a church where do you have a funeral? I’ve done services in places that were completely foreign to a family: funeral homes, community centers, city parks, YMCAs, hospital chapels, wineries, hotel banquet rooms.

These families didn’t get to have that wonderful feeling of home you get when you enter a familiar place; when you know where everything is and you recognize even the smell. When you know a place well—empty or full—it can feel as if the walls themselves are welcoming you.

But it wasn’t like that for these families in unfamiliar places. In addition to their grief they had to search for parking places, restrooms, drinking fountains. They walked alone down strange corridors and got lost in stairwells. Everything was unknown and felt unknowable.

But often, in spite of all the unfamiliarity, people were reluctant to leave these services. Why? I think it is because they suffered together and experienced the healing power of community. But it was a community that came together because of the life of that one person. And that one person is now gone. So after the service that community disappeared.

But as a church community we will come back together again. We are still a community coming together around the teachings of Jesus. Besides suffering when one member suffers, we will also have the experience of all rejoicing when one member is honored.

I can only echo what my friend said, “Thank God for this community.”