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.

One of the truths of leading or coordinating any ministry that most people truly struggle with (myself included) is that you really, truly cannot do it alone. I *love* working with people… but I hate having to ask folks to do things. And that’s what it comes down to over and over again. Every ministry has a whole range of jobs and tasks and work to do that is sometimes just a one-time ask, some of it is a seasonal-ask, and some ministries need so many regular volunteers the leaders spend almost all of their time asking folks to do things.

And we have to maintain a healthy culture where we respect someone’s “no.” No pressuring people into doing something just so we don’t have to ask anymore! I know, it’s tempting, but it only leads to frustration and grumbling and no one wants to join that.

But, if you hear a lot of “no’s” what does it mean?
How can we keep from feeling discouraged?

I was talking to Margaret Swanson, Director of Youth Ministries, as she has had to do quite a bit of asking this Fall — and worry about whether we would have enough Youth Leaders this year. I asked her if she ever felt bad about asking folks to lead. And you know what?

She said… “No. No, it’s hard to feel stressed because no one has said “yes” and I’m getting worried, but I never feel bad about asking. I love working with our youth! I love doing the work I’m asking that person to do! It’s an amazing opportunity and the fact is, not everyone can do it well, or is the right fit for it. If I’m calling someone and asking them to work in our Youth Program, it’s because I know they have something special, so really, they should feel flattered!”

Margaret, THANK YOU. It’s such a blessing to be reminded that no matter how timid I can feel about making an ask, that what I really need to remember is that we’re not begging for just anyone to do something we’d rather not do, but offering someone the opportunity to experience the joys of being in committed ministry together.

And, if you’re on the other end of the ask, may you be reminded that someone is calling and inviting you into ministry because they believe you’ll be a great fit and truly enjoy whatever you’re being asked to do. It may not be the right fit or the right time, and you can say so… but let’s never deride a job, task or role or feel bad about inviting one another to do this glorious work of church. Because it’s all beautiful work to someone.

Also, our children and youth are AWESOME. Betsy and Margaret are AMAZING, kind, and thoughtful folks who have some fantastic opportunities for you to be in ministry with them. I know you just can’t wait for their call.