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.

 

“My church is the mountains.”

I’ve heard this response more than once when someone learns that I am a pastor.

I hear you my friend. I’m sympathetic. I luuuuhhhhhvvvve the mountains. My soul sings when I am in the high country of Colorado or the Northwest.

And….. me or you hiking in the mountains is NOT church.

It is sacred, inspiring, uplifting, renewing, awe-inspiring, amazing, and a treasured, even spiritual, experience. Call it any of those things, but don’t call it church.

Because church only happens in community.

Author, spiritual guide, and self-confessed introvert Barbara Brown Taylor in her book An Altar in the World relates the story of the ancient solitary monk who went on a seventy week fast so that the meaning of a particular Scripture would be revealed to him. Even when down to skin and bones, God did not reveal it so this ever so earnest monk finally relented and got up to go see another monk to ask. As soon as the fasting monk got outside his own door, an angel appeared to him to say, “Now that you have humbled yourself enough to go to your brother, God sent me to reveal the meaning of the passage.”

There’s something about the encounter with and journeying with others that is necessary, even if you are an introvert or like your solitude a lot. There is still a connection necessary, even if invisible. That connection deepens our experience, adds to and even disciplines our experience, and gives access to healing and wisdom that we cannot access alone.  There’s something about being witnessed by and witnessing for others amidst grief and joy.  To be seen crying. To allow another to be with you in your brokenness and imperfection and wounding.  Or to dance with another in your unabashed joy and celebration.

There’s something about the actual messy practice of loving another as yourself, the other who is right in front of you frustrating or confusing or not going along with you. There’s something about being with each other along the journey and through the difficult passages that is itself the spiritual practice.  Rabbi Martin Buber called it the “I and Thou”, the true meeting of two subjects, each a sovereign mystery to be encountered yet somehow connected by the shared participation in living. This ‘being with’ is the spiritual practice of church.

In Zulu you might say ubuntu which means “I am because we are.”

Our Band Together theme of Lent recognizes the deep necessity of community in our human way. Jesus called disciples together, women and men, to form a community of followers.  We all evolved together in packs, clans, tribes.  We can certainly do it badly. Yet, we must do it in order to realize God’s Dream of a Beloved Community, in order to solve the challenges we face and experience the deepest realities of Grace. Simply put by a Tuesday UCUCC Bible study participant, “I get so much more out of this doing it together.”

As Brown Taylor says, “At the very least, most of us need someone to tell our stories to. At a deeper level, most of us need someone to help us forget ourselves, a little or a lot. The great wisdom traditions of the world all recognize the main impediment to living a life of meaning is being self-absorbed. …As often as I think I am seeking other people to get something for myself, the deeper truth is that I am hoping they will draw me out of myself.”

So I do hope to see you out on the mountain trail. And I hope to see you, and let you see me, at church.