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.

Layered Time

Memorial Day weekends, when my young granddaughter visited at our Hood Canal cottage, we attended the Quilcene Garden Club plant sale, where Greta had twenty-five cents to buy a tiny, unnamed seedling we would plant together. Last week I texted her a photo of the eighteen-foot chain tree in full yellow bloom.

“Nana,” she said, “It seems like just yesterday.”
“Greta,” I replied, “At 21, you are now old enough to understand perspective.” Experienced time is not linear, but layered. I cannot attend that yearly sale without feeling my granddaughter at my elbow pointing to twenty-five cent seedlings.

Often, people talk of time as a Time Line, as if yesterday is gone, today present, and tomorrow projected. Recently, I heard a neologism: B.C. and A.C., as Before Covid-19 and After Covid-19. In fact, these sequestered times will remain in our experienced time, just as the Great Depression remained a daily reality for my mother who reheated left-overs until the day she died. Our layers of experienced time shape how we see our world.

Layered time, that presence of yesterday within us, feels most valued in my church community. Sitting near the back of the congregation, I can see Winnie Coleman, who passed years ago, sitting on the left-side pews. I cannot walk into the balcony without noticing where we sat with our daughter, her thin, ten-year-old shins covered with soft down. I even wrote a poem about that image.

After Easter our pastors retell the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. As the disciples walk, they share their grief at the crucifixion, when they are joined by the corporal Christ who discusses their loss with them. Perhaps Christ did appear in body, but I understand this story as layered time. Because Christ was so significant in their lives, everywhere the disciples travel, they will feel his presence in their “current” moment. No moment is entirely current without the immediacy of the past and an imagination of the future. Once Christ sat beside me in this church, I know he remains at my table. Between us, we can have conversations as if we last talked, “just yesterday.”