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 inquirers@universityucc.org 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 have long annoyed members of my family by believing a different story about who comes down the chimney and leaves gifts on Christmas eve. I was never a fan of Santa Claus. I found him creepy—all that facial hair and inviting you to sit on his lap. In light of the epidemic of sexual harassment who needs him?

I’ve known for years that it is the Baby Jesus who comes down the chimney and leaves gifts. Yes, really. Save your breath. I’ve heard all the arguments:

“He’s a baby, his delicate skin would get shredded!”

“He’s too small to even hold a present.”

“He would freeze to death!”

Oh, come on. He’s a baby but he’s God. He’s Divine, protected. No amount of soot, ash or spiders could possibly bother him. Besides, he and his Father/Mother created all that. His Divine baby hands are capable of holding anything. Don’t worry about him getting cold—he generates his own heat. Just look at that painting of Jesus with his heart on fire. He was born like that!

I love this story because it keeps Jesus in the picture. His birth is the one we celebrate and he is the one who gives us gifts—all year long. He doesn’t have a list that he checks twice to see if you’re naughty or nice or, like most of us, somewhere in-between. He’s there for anyone and everyone all the time.

I see him landing in the fireplace, sniffing around and then saying, “Clearly this family needs a little Peace. I’ll leave some of that.” So he leaves Peace and then sprinkles the room with some Joy. Because there are a couple kids in the family, he’ll leave a huge amount of Wonder.

Each place is different. So maybe at the next house, he’ll set a huge box of Compassion under the tree and a suitcase full of Forgiveness. In another place he fills the living room with Comfort and adds individual servings of Peace for each person.

At yet another, there is no fireplace! Oh, Holy Night! Now what? The Baby Jesus slides under the door—easy-peasy. Maybe this place is dark and lonely. So the Baby Jesus brings gifts of Light and Friendship. Friendship? Am I telling you that he becomes friends with you? Well, yes and no. First, we all know and love that hymn, “What A Friend We Have In Baby Jesus.” So we can’t deny that.

Second, you know how Santa has helpers? So does the Baby Jesus! This should not be a news flash: we are his helpers. So when he leaves the gift of friendship for someone, we get to participate in that gift. We become that friend.

The very cool Christmas Mystery is that we may not even know that our new friendship was a gift left by the Baby Jesus! And we won’t know if the gift was left for us or our friend! Sneaky Jesus.

Every place gets some Love although not everyone sees that. Maybe they don’t take in enough Comfort so they are blind to the Love. Some just outright refuse Comfort. The Baby Jesus doesn’t mind. If he suspects this he’ll leave extra Love just to get these people through to January 2nd.

It isn’t necessary to leave cookies for him although one year I did. I left some Rice Krispy Treats and York peppermint patties on the hearth. The next morning the Rice Krispy Treats were there but the peppermint patties were gone. Although I know since he is Divine, the Baby Jesus could eat a steak if I left it out, I had to wonder if perhaps the peppermint patties were just a tad easier.

Here’s the best thing about knowing it’s the Baby Jesus and not Santa Claus: No one can say to you, “There’s no such thing as the Baby Jesus.”

Well, they can say that to you and all you have to do is say, “Really? Then in whose religion did “Claus” become a saint?” That’s right. Baby Jesus started it all.

So if you find yourself overwhelmed with the madness and stress that has become the modern Christmas, don’t hesitate to call on the Baby Jesus. He is, after all, the Prince of Peace.