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 here 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.

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”
Zen proverb

The temperature on the farm this morning was 21°. Every outside hose, water trough, bucket, and dish was frozen solid. I did not want to get up and do my chores. But on the farm, every day, the animals need to be fed. And even more importantly, every day, they need their water.

Normally I enjoy this rhythm of daily chores. It gives structure to my time and assures by the end of it that at least I have done one useful thing. By the time I leave to catch the ferry into Seattle, I have been up for at least two hours, and am ready to engage with whatever comes next.

But when the weather turns this frigid, the relentless need for carrying water, every day, becomes grueling. It is dark when the alarm rings, and my bed is so warm. I know that I will have to put on several layers of jackets and coats, and a hat and gloves, just to open the door. And even then, the cold will seep through, and my hands and face will be numb before my work is finished.

And carrying water, instead of just turning on the faucet up by the house, is also hard work. The buckets get heavier every year. If I fill them too full, they slosh on to my pants, making me even colder.

So up at the house I fill the buckets half full, and carry them carefully down to the lower pasture, and pour them into the water bucket, and return for another load. Freezing weather pretty much doubles the time it takes me to finish my morning chores.

Still, as I sit writing about doing my morning chores in 21° weather, there is something that feels solid and faithful about the work. Caring for my flocks in warm weather is one thing. remaining faithful to the tasks in this cold season takes me to a new level of my daily chores” spiritual practice.

God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does God require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

I am reminded of the bigger picture of daily practice- that no matter what might be happening in the wider world, there are some tasks I am called to do, every day. Every day I am called to do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with my God.

Every day I am called to show up, no matter how cold the world has turned.