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.

Adult Education

Opportunities for adult education vary widely. They include one-time forums, weekly Bible study, local retreats and extended trips. Our goal is to continually challenge ourselves and open our hearts and minds.

Opportunities on Sundays

Discovery Bible Class

At 9 am every Sunday, member Bruce Danielson leads a Discovery Bible class in Room 229. All are welcome

9 am lectures

We often have guest lecturers prior to worship on Sunday mornings. These usually take place downstairs in Ostrander Hall and frequently feature guest preachers who will be preaching later that Sunday. Check the What’s up now section or the Calendar for details.

Forums

In the hour after worship, usually beginning at 11:30 am, we often provide an opportunity to learn about current issues, both church-related and secular. These could include forums on public affairs or relevant social justice issues, Earth Bistro presentations by Sacred Earth Matters and occasional movies. A complimentary light lunch is often provided, with donations accepted.

Inquirers Lunch

A light lunch and informal discussion with clergy and long-time members is offered on the second Sunday of most months (Dec, July and August are excluded). This gathering provides an opportunity to learn more about our church, how to get involved, and what it means to become a member. It is designed especially for newcomers, but is also a great way for people who have been coming for awhile to ask questions and learn more.

Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

through the Pacific School of Religion

The Lecture Series is partnering with with the Pacific School of Religion’s (PSR) to host classes for PSR’s certificate programs: Theological Education for Leadership and Gender, Sexuality & the Bible. This is a series of special courses and seminars providing progressive, accessible Christian theological education year-round for clergy, laity, and spiritual seekers from diverse racial and ethnic communities. Using PSR’s “flexible learning” approach, TEL fosters a strong and supportive community environment while enabling participation at a distance through online learning. A carefully selected curriculum of online experiences may be engaged individually, or as part of a non-graduate-level certificate. For more information see TEL’s web page.
>> See the brochure for the Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership
>> See the brochure for the Certificate of Gender, Sexuality & the Bible
Each course is $120. There is a discount for people who participate in the online sessions in groups. Our group will meet in the Scheyer Library. Contact lectureseries@universityucc.org to RSVP to be a part of the group or for scholarship information.

2018/19 Course Schedule for Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership

Courses provide in-depth, introductory explorations of topics that comprise the core of theological understanding and ministerial competence. Each course includes twelve hours of learning over eight days, including two live online sessions book-ending a week of self-paced online learning.

For the Theological Education for Leadership courses, we will begin: Sept. 11—18, 2018, with Thinking Theologically: God-talk for Community Building with Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson
The full list of courses for the program year is  >> here
>>This is the application for the Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership (CTEL)

For the Gender, Sexuality & the Bible courses, we will begin: Sept. 24 — Oct 1, 2018 with Reading the Bible for Liberation with Dr. Jay Johnson
The full list of courses for the program year is >> here
>>This is the application for the Certificate of Gender, Sexuality & the Bible

Other Educational Opportunities

Tuesday morning Bible study

Pastor Catherine Foote leads Bible study in the Turner Commons Lounge every Tuesday morning from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Coffee and snacks are available. All are welcome.

Workshops and study groups

Educational workshops and opportunities are presented frequently on topics of interest to adults. They may touch on the spirituality of aging, accompaniment through grief or dealing with life’s transitions. A writers’ workshop may assist community members in journaling or writing about spiritual growth. A series of weekly workshops over a six-week period might deal with identifying dependable strengths. With the assistance of covetant partners—ordained clergy with specific interest in an area—we are able to offer opportunities on topics relevant to our spiritual growth throughout the year. Watch for these opportunities in What’s up now, and in Get involved and serve.

Seabeck All-Church Family Camp

Every summer, during the week following Independence Day, several hundred members of our church community gather at the Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal for five days of summer camp. Learn more on the Seabeck page.

Retreats

Community members have the opportunity to attend a weekend-long Women’s Retreat or a Men’s Retreat on an annual basis. Check the What’s up now section for details.

The Lecture Series

The Lecture Series brings noted theologians and speakers to Seattle for the weekend. Often the featured lecturer also serves as a guest preacher and gives public lectures, forums or classes. Learn more in The Lecture Series section.

 

 

 

Encouraging each other in the growth of our minds and spirits…