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.

I’m usually fairly easy going about change. It’s not that I like it, but so little in my life has been solid and consistent that I’ve never had the chance to formulate much of an opinion about change.

But changes in relationships are always hard. And they’re especially hard for children and those who live and work with them.

It is with this truth that I write this Ministry Update for Christian Education. There have been quite a few changes in Children’s Ministry this past year, and in this month in particular. Almost a year ago now, we accepted the resignation of Rebecca Schmidt as Children’s Ministry Coordinator and welcomed Leslie Riley as Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Leslie may apply for the permanent position, but working for the church and community you’re a part of has its costs and she’s still thinking it over. Having a year-long Interim has been challenging, and it has revealed some important areas for program growth and illuminated how we can deepen our work with children as a whole church.

As I was returning from Family Leave with Baby D, it became clear that the recent abundance of babies required a temporary expansion of our Childcare Team on Sunday mornings. We are incredibly grateful that Lisa Coleman has stepped in to support our babies and their families in making full participation in Sunday morning community possible. We don’t really anticipate two more sets of twins and more staff babies any time soon, so this position remains necessary but temporary as these babies grow into other classes. Yet another way change is the constant.

Earlier this spring, many have noticed that our stalwart, spectacular and incredibly patient “Teacher Holly” has been not been with us.  Thankfully, her hip replacement is done and she is healing well. We look forward to her return later this month.

Last to note–but definitely not least—many have heard or already been a part of saying goodbye to Theresa Fjermedal and her girls as they move to Syracuse to be closer to their family there. What you may not have fully realized is what an enormous impact this will have on our toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Theresa and her girls have been pillars of support for this programming and are often go-to folks for other childcare support beyond Sunday mornings. We screen and pay and support our childcare workers of these youngest ages because we know that staffing rooms full of ever-changing volunteers for babies and toddlers who are just beginning to form relationships of trust is just not faithful for their mental, emotional and spiritual health. And Theresa has been a faithful presence for these children for many years now. She will be greatly missed.

Thankfully, Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron has already stepped forward to be an Interim Childcare provider in Theresa’s stead as it will be helpful to have a new Director of Children’s Ministry participate in the hiring of a permanent replacement. Many of our kids already know Vanessa from church and Seabeck so this will help some.

This is a lot of change and turbulence. And we know that the thing that makes change hardest is when we’ve loved well and done good work making attachments. But we can trust in our ability to do healthy grieving. And we can trust that love and attachment will be there for us again. Finally, we know and are comforted by the fact that Jesus is in the boat with us.