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.

Last Friday when word came down of the Supreme Court’s decision about marriage equality, the high school youth of my church were on a mission trip. Our Youth Director Margaret wanted to choose the right moment to gather them together and give them the news. When that time came, she got everyone’s attention. image

“I have something important to tell you all,” she said, and the usually boisterous group got quiet. “Today the Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality as a constitutional right across the country.”

The response, Margaret reports, was immediate and spontaneous. Everyone began to cheer. For some, the cheering was accompanied by tears of joy. And then one of the young people said, “I want to be at our church this Sunday for worship. I want to be with the whole congregation. I wnat to be a part of the celebration”

The Mission Trip schedule called for them to worship together as a group on Sunday morning and then return to Seattle Sunday night. But in that moment, their thoughts turned not only to their own future, but to their faith community.

In the end, they decided to stay where they were and finish the mission trip as planned. But I love the fact that they knew that their joy would be met, matched and amplified by a whole congregation of folks who have worked so faithfully to arrive at this moment.

I have written here before about Marriage Equality, which had to do with my own state’s vote in 2012 to affirm marriage rights for all couples. But today I want to celebrate the future, and young people who know that this journey towards justice is a journey of faith.

imageOne story I told from two years ago seems appropriate here as well. On the Sunday morning after our state’s vote, when marriage licenses were available, we had celebratory “wedding cakes” after worship. They were displayed in our church lounge before worship, and a group of young children surrounded one of the cakes.

“Who’s getting married?” one of kids asked. The adults all looked at each other, wondering for a moment about how to answer. Eyes turned to me. I am the pastor, after all. Not sure what I would say, I began.

“Have any of you heard about the new law in our state about marriage equality?”

A few kids say they have.

“Well, today is the first day of that new law. So this cake is for gay and lesbian couples, in our church, and all over our state, who can get married now.”

After a moment of silent reflection, one child asked the most important question: “Does everyone get some?”

That story stays with me because, like the story of the reaction of our youth last week, it reminds me that my congregation has so thoroughly embraced the justice journey of marriage equality that children gathered around a cake have no bigger question than whether or not they get a piece.

imageAnd now, the answer is not just for my congregation and my state. Now, all the youth of my congregation know that wherever their life’s journeys takes them across this country, they can choose marriage. They also know in their hearts that their congregation will celebrate with them. And when a child looks at a wedding cake and asks “Does everybody get some?” this time my answer applies to the whole nation. “Yes,” I get to say, “Everyone does.”