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.

Support and Engagement with the wider United Church of Christ as General Synod Staff to the Resolution & Committee Process

~ David Anderson, our Church Administrator, and General Synod Staff to the Resolution & Committee Process

Every two years the United Church of Christ meets in a General Synod, with delegates from each of the UCC conferences and others gathering for worship, workshops, and the business of the church. General Synod next meets in late June, this time in Milwaukee. It’s five days of exciting, energizing, interesting, and sometimes a little tedious meetings and gathering.

From 1995-2001 I had the honor of serving on the UCC Executive Council (now UCC Board), chairing the Committee of Reference, and then chairing the Executive Council. When my term there was up in 2001, I continued in a role of volunteer staff for General Synod.

Over the years my role there has changed and grown. My current title for the work is: General Synod Staff to the Committee and Resolution Process. The purpose is to help the process that provides a way for Synod to speak to the issues of the day, either with Prudential Resolutions for structural issues, or Resolutions of Witness which articulate Synod’s perspective to the wider UCC and the world.

Here are some of the key functions for my role:

  • I work with resolution submitters as resolutions come in, helping them meet the General Synod Standing Rules, and make the resolutions clear as to content and requested actions. Thus far, we have received 24 resolutions for consideration.
  • I work with the Committee on Disposition (CoD), a committee of the UCC Board. The CoD is charged with being sure the submitted resolutions meet the requirements of the Standing Rules, and recommends whether each resolution goes to a committee, directly to implementing bodies if it’s just restating something the Synod has already acted on, directly to a plenary of the Synod if the resolution is deemed noncontroversial, or to the UCC Board of Directors, bypassing Synod, if there’s something that needs addressing before it could come for Synod action. And some resolutions may not make it for consideration if they’ve missed the necessary deadlines.
  • I work with the Wisconsin Conference, who will line up presenters for Educational Intensives. Those are intended to be broad background to help committees understand the context of the resolution(s) assigned to them.
  • I’m working on identifying and securing committee chairs: 14 committees this time.  We ask for nominations from the Conferences and then try to be sure we have diversity in those chosen and who agree to serve.
  • I’ll then lead the team called the Committee Process Team (CPT).  That’s three people, plus me.  Committee chairs come in a day early for a fairly intensive training to prep them for their roles and to be clear about expectations and process.  We’re there as a resource during committee time.  CPT also works with the chairs after their committee meetings, helping them with the committee decision and to prep them for their presentation to a plenary. We have a CPT handbook which I update and revise each biennium.
  • I’ll also train Technical Support Volunteers, one for each committee. Those are the ones who note any edits the committee makes to the resolution and submit the final committee recommended-resolution in a format for delegates to see the changes.
  • I’ll also work to line up a UCC Board Liaison for each committee. That person is a “wing person” to the committee chair, may have other helpful understanding of structure and polity, reports out a summary of the Educational Intensive as committee time begins, and acts as a resource, go-to support person for the committee chair.
  • I’m a member of the General Synod Agenda Committee, which meets during Synod to finalize where each committee report fits into the agenda, incorporating factors such as plenary time expected and what resolutions need air time.  If the Synod runs out of time to hear all the committee reports, the remaining resolutions go to the UCC Board of Directors at their fall meeting, where they address those resolutions as General Synod ad interim.
  • After Synod we’ll have some debriefing and learnings from people, with action items to incorporate before the next Synod.

For me this is all interesting and engaging, though I know it’s pretty wonky for most people! I like the work, and I get to work with some really wonderful people. Thank you for the support to carry this out. We’re partners with the wider UCC and this is one way we live into that.  Stay tuned for a follow-up report from me after Synod about the work we did and the ways the Holy Spirit was alive and at work in the gathering.