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.

In July, my spouse Tim and I had a couple of weeks of vacation in Montana. It was wonderful to have time with friends and family, to read and explore the area, and to catch up with each other after a few intense but good post-Sabbatical months.

One of the unexpected treats was a tour of the summer part of a cattle ranch.

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This ranch has acreage in the Jefferson River valley, and the cabin we rented was on a corner of that part of the ranch. They also have summer acreage up in the Centennial Valley, at 6700 feet with only dirt roads (and poor cell phone service). It’s a remote 50-mile-long valley with incredible views, lakes, and a lovely river meandering through. They offer tours of the summer ranch and we took them up on it. It was an amazing day of hearing from and traveling with Andrew, the Ranch Manager, a gentle, salt-of-the-earth cowboy, as well as a professional manager of a huge operation. It was fascinating to hear from him of his love of the land, respect and care for the cattle, commitment to sustainable practices, and his own grounding on the earth. His work was not a job but a way of life. And he was committed to making the world and all he encountered better for his presence.

Andrew talked about some ways his commitments run a little counter to the normal attitude of the neighboring cattle ranchers, yet how much he values them as neighbors. He mentioned in passing sacrifices he, his family, and his ranch make from time to time in order to do the right thing, and how that’s just part of the big picture.

It reminds me that we all have an opportunity, a call, to live with grace and integrity. To care for each other and those we touch. To show God’s love to humans and other creatures, and the plants and land. To see the ways we are all part of Creation and that Creation is a part of whatever we do. Our response can be gentle rather than dominant. It doesn’t happen just in church, or just in the mountains. It can happen with connections and relationships anywhere. Grounding and grace can undergird and inspire.

I left our time in Montana with deep gratitude for the time and for Andrew. He reminds me that God’s love and grace exist wherever we might find ourselves. I’m planning to hold onto that reassurance and inspiration. God is good indeed.