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.

At the August 21, 2019 meeting of the UCUCC Council:

Financial, leadership and ministry reports were reviewed and discussed.

Seabeck

Council acknowledged a very successful Seabeck week and tremendous speaker, Ali Mian.  Ali and his family felt very welcomed and integrated with camp activities.  He asked if they might attend as campers next year.

Racial Justice Church

We discussed the recent resolution that we are a Racial Justice Church and that additional funding from Council discretionary funds may be needed to support this work.

Revise Bylaws

Bylaws revisions need to be made to reflect our new structure. David Anderson will work on drafting the changes.  Each ministry will be asked to write a new Mission statement and submit by November 1. It is suggested that the Ministries use our Covenant as a guide and refer to the document from Kathleen Hosfeld (the consultant for the restructure).  This document can be found here (scroll down to other resources):  https://universityucc.org/church-council-resources/

Endowment Classifications

Council approved changes to Endowment Classifications to comply with Audit recommendations.

And reaffirmed our intent to continue to name, remember and recognize our donors, especially when endowment gifts are no longer individually identifiable.

Futures Committee

Council received an update on the Futures Committee work. Our consultant has recommended forming a one-time focus group of past and present leaders of the church to look at our leadership structure options. The committee plans to bring a final report to Council in October.  This final report may well include recommendations for further study in some areas.

Tent City 3

A recent press article incorrectly stated that UCUCC “kicked out:” TC3 because of the recent stabbing in the U District. This is not correct. The agreement TC3 made with us was that they would move out on August 17. TC3 feels very strongly about keeping their commitment, so they moved out, even though they did not have an authorized place to stay (plans fell through for two locations).  They are currently on city land in the Ravenna neighborhood. Catherine has spoken with the press and David has also positively recommended TC3 to others.  Staff will consider an Op Ed piece.

Council discussed David Anderson’s Retirement plans for February 2020

We all acknowledge that he brings a unique blend of financial, administrative and spiritual gifts to UCUCC.  We will not likely find someone else like him.  Getting someone into his position is probably our highest priority, because UCUCC needs an administrator to run smoothly.  We may also need to hire a financial person.  Margaret will discuss options further with David and the personnel committee members to come up with a plan to fill this position.

Next Meetings

  • Council: September 18, 2019
  • Leadership Retreat: Saturday October 5, 2019 Dependable Strengths Workshop