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.

The Lecture Series at University Congregational Church, Seattle

The Lecture Series is a self-supporting program of University Congregational United Church of Christ.

Our mission is to bring leading Christian and non-Christian thinkers, writers, and teachers to the Seattle region to expand our understanding of what it means to be Christian today.
Our commitment is to encourage each other in the growth of our minds and spirits.

All are welcome!  Please join us for an upcoming lecture. Details of upcoming lectures are available in the What’s Up Now section, under the category “The Lecture Series.”

History

History

Lectures 2007 – 2015

Oct 2015 | Diana Butler Bass | Author, speaker, independent scholar | Grounded

July 2015 | Jessica Jackley | Co-Founder, Kiva / Author, Clay Water Brick Author reading, co-presented with Mwanzo Proud Farmers

March 2015 | Lauren Winner | Episcopal priest, author, professor, Duke University | Wearing God: Clothing, Fire, Laughter and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God

Feb 2015 | Robin Meyers | Senior minister of Mayflower UCC church Oklahoma City | Beloved Community of Spiritual Resistance

Oct 2014 | Pamela Eisenbaum |Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins, Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, and affiliate faculty member of the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver

Stephen J. Patterson | Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University Prostitutes, Virgins, and Androgynes: Sex and Gender in Early Christianity

June 2014 | Marcus Borg | Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon
John Dominic Crossan | Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Sister Joan Chittister | Member, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania | A Panel Discussion and Lecture | The Dream of God: A World of Justice and Non-Violence

Feb 2014 | Lauren Winner | Episcopal priest, author, professor, Duke University | Mudhouse Sabbath

Oct 2013 | Gretta Vosper | Pastor, West Hill United in Scarborough, Ontario | Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief

July 2013 | Reza Aslan | Author, speaker, Middle-East expert, founder of Aslan Media | Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

May 2013 | Thomas Reynolds | Associate Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College in Victoria College of Toronto University, Toronto Canada | Outside Inclusion: A Case for Care-Full Hospitality in the Church

Feb 2013 | Miroslav Volf | Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology / Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture | Allah: A Christian Response

Oct 2012 | John Bell | Preacher, teacher, liturgical composer, Scotland Spirituality and MusicFeb 2012Marcus Borg | Speaking Christian

Oct 2011 | Robin Meyers | Senior minister of Mayflower UCC church Oklahoma City | How I Became a Heretic With Help from Jesus

Oct 2011 | Diana Butler Bass Chabraja Fellow Seabury Western Theological Seminary | Christianity After Religion

May 2011 | John J Thatamanil | Associate Professor of Theology and World ReligionsUnion Theological Society | Eucharist Upstairs, Yoga Downstairs

Feb 2011 | J. Phillip Newell | Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland |A New Harmony

Oct 2010 | John Shelby Spong | American Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Ret. |Eternal Life: A New Vision

April 2010 | Walter Brueggemann | William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary |The Drama of Rehabilitation

Feb 2010 | Amy Jill Levine | Vanderbilt University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Jesus | Judaism and Jewish Christian Relations

Oct 2009 | ohn Dominic Crossan | Paul: An Appealing or Appalling Apostle?Feb 2009Marcus Borg | Mysticism and the Christian Path

Feb 2008 | John Dominic Crossan | Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois | God and Empire, Celtic Christianity

Feb 2007 | Marcus Borg | Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon A Tale of Two Christianities

Books, DVDs and discussion groups

Books, DVDs and Discussion Groups

Currently available:  Diana Butler Bass four-disc DVD set of her October lectures ‘Grounded: The Spiritual Revolution all around us.’  Cost is $39.00 plus $4 shipping. Inquire here.

We are committed to finding opportunities to continue the conversation after our lecture events.  Read the books, join a discussion group, or use a DVD to lead your own classes and discussion groups.

Secret Garden logoBooks can be pre-ordered through our bookselling partner, Secret Garden Books.  Secret Garden is a local independent bookstore located in Ballard since 1977.  Books can also be checked out of our UCUCC lending Library.

Discussion Groups:  A Book Talk is scheduled along with each lecture event to either study the visiting lecturer’s books in advance or after the lecture.  Look for Book Talk details listed with each event.

DVDs:  Thanks to the generosity of our video partner, Northwest Video Edge, we are able to videotape lecture events for later viewing when given permission by the lecturer.  A limited number of past events are available for order.  When an event is videotaped, attendees can preorder the DVD.  For more information about orders or use, contact us here.

 

Contact us

Join our mailing list

Names are never shared and email updates are few – only when we have news to share.  For those who prefer, a postal mailing is also available.  Email us here to sign up.
Or write to us in care of: University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16 Ave NE, Seattle WA 98105

General inquiries

Email us here.

Thank you, Volunteers!

We are deeply grateful for the large community of volunteers who help make the Lecture Series possible.  Volunteers help ensure a gracious welcome to all who attend lectures, provide nourishing cookies and fruit during events, and so much more.  Thank you each and every one!  Click here to volunteer at an upcoming event.

Finding new light in ancient traditions…

The Lecture Series has included many distinguished presenters, including those shown below.

John Dominic Crossan

Diana Butler Bass (R)

AlastairMcIntosh (L) and Dave Powell