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.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a “meeting.”

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. 

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.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

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.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

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.

Day after day walking with Moritz was so fun and so easy. The tree-lined path was well-marked and beautiful. I liked who I was: easy-going, funny, insightful, patient, a good listener. I barely recognized myself!* And he was the same way with me.

Whenever we had a decision to make—when or where to stop, what to buy for snacks—he always said, “As you like.” The only time he insisted on his way was with the bunk beds. “If anyone in my family ever found out that I took the bottom bunk they would never speak to me again!” So that settled that. But for everything else it was, “As you like.”

He never said this in any kind of snarky, grit-your-teeth kind of way, but in a sincere, relaxed way. Of course my reaction was almost always, “No, no—you decide!” These were the only kind of disagreements we had: who was going to be the most polite, the most generous, the most giving.

Well, okay, there was one another time I didn’t get my way. This was the closest we came to a fight. We had reached the wine fountain at Bodegas Irache. This place is famous (and infamous) for have free wine on tap. All we could drink!

But good Pilgrims are not greedy. Good Pilgrims think about their fellow travelers. Plus, no one wants to get the label Pig Pilgrim. Pig Pilgrims use up all the hot water, eat loads of food at the free food stands and don’t leave a donation. At community meals they leave their dirty plates on the table.

You risk getting another label at Bodegas Irache. If you are dehydrated and tank up on the free wine you will then get the label Plastered Pilgrim. So first we drank up our water bottles and then refilled them from the water fountain.

Anyway, our argument was over who should use my collapsible cup first. I held it out. “Here you go!”

No, no you first. It’s your cup!”

“But no, I insist!”

“It wouldn’t be proper. After you!”

“No, please. After you.”

Honestly—we sounded exactly like Mac and Tosh, the Loony Tunes gophers who have British accents and are unfailing polite to one another.

I was the one who finally caved in. I took exactly three little sips of the warm rosé. Ick. Moritz did the same and we got a good laugh about how much time we spent arguing over the cup and how little on actually drinking the wine.

I knew we were behaving this way because we were new friends making a good impression, being our best selves. It couldn’t last. Or could it?

Exactly what happens in our close relationships where we get so relaxed with one another that we forget to be polite? (Friendship) What happens when a trait so adorable becomes so annoying? (Marriage) What happens when I no longer put your desire ahead of mine? (Friendship and marriage) And I don’t mean this in any kind of doormat, slavish way but in a loving caring way.

What I want to say here is that I came home and decided to treat everyone as if I had just met them. It changed my behavior enormously. Of course I wasn’t consistent and I found it near impossible with my mother. But the big take-away is that it felt better to say, “As you like,” than “I want it my way.” It was so much easier not to point out a mistake or correct an error. So much less energy to admit my error and laugh it off. It was a kind of loving surrender that felt like a favor to myself. In fact, it felt so good that I felt kind of guilty.

One last thought about “as you like.” It has to be a give and take. Sometimes even after Moritz said, “As you like,” we’d discuss and then we would go with his preference. That made things equal. One person can’t always be the giving one. Each person needs an opportunity to be generous otherwise it can become a power struggle. Then ironically you are demanding in a loud voice, “You eat the last piece of cheese!” (Swear words implied.)

Mac and Tosh would not approve.

 

 

*Later on the Camino I became a Peevish Jerk but I’m saving that for another post.