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.

“If you have a dog, walk that dog,” preacher and academician Fred Craddick was said to have advised young preachers. My literal-minded friends, knowing that I have four dogs and I try to walk them every morning. might look at Fred’s advice and ask, “What does that have to do with preaching?”

But I also have friends who immediately reach for metaphors, even when faced with a statement that is meant to be taken literally. They are the ones who, when I say I am heading out to the barn to throw some hay to the sheep, ask, “I wonder what she meant by that?”

Of course, Craddock was noting that the preacher lives in both worlds. We are immersed, like everyone, in the literal world. But preachers are, also probably like everyone, always looking for metaphors.

“Preach about what you know,” Fred was saying. “Explore your own life. If you look deeply at your own experience, you will find the Sacred there.” That advice, as it turns out, can apply to anyone looking for sacred connections.

Every morning before the sheep are out of the barn, my four dogs and I walk through the pasture. Although I am often distracted by thoughts of what my day might hold, or how much I have to get done before I head for the ferry, I try to stay as present to that moment in that field that day as I possibly can. I enjoy the way my dog Annie leads the pack, choosing which stick will become The Stick- the one Mac will want no matter how many alternative sticks there are around. I like to watch Lefty who chooses the biggest stick he can find to carry, running circles around the other two border collie. Giaco, the guardian dog, play bows and jumps and runs too at the beginning of our walk. Then he finds a higher spot in the field where he can sit and survey it all.

I make a point of walking all the way to the bottom of the field, no matter how much of a hurry I’m in. I reach out and touch the fence to keep myself from rushing things. I resist the temptation to turn around too early.

If I pay close enough attention to those moments, then I indeed get a sense of the Sacred. This is where I want to center my life. God shows up on the dog walk too. Or maybe I should say, I notice that God is there just as God has always been.

Do you have a dog? If you are looking for a way to center yourself, you might want to go walk that dog. And I mean that literally. Or feel free to apply it metaphorically. Because you don’t have to be walking a dog to center yourself. God is everywhere.