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.

“Every single soul is a poem that’s written on the back of God’s hand.”

– Michael Franti & Spearhead from the song Every Single Soul

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Some of us thought and hoped that the Congregational meeting after worship on August 4thwould be a short one. I was one of those. Not because I thought the resolution to become a Racial Justice Church unimportant. Quite the opposite, I had served on the team to get it produced and brought forward. I thought the meeting would be short because I anticipated little opposition. I thought we would approve it quickly with reminders of how far we yet have to go and then we would go so that we could get to it.

I was wrong.  Instead what happened was an opening to testimonies of the pain of racism, right here at University Congregational. To those who testified in this way, thank you. I imagine that there was a kind of cost for you to do so, maybe risk and discomfort and effort and more. We are on a long journey to justice and you helped us.  Because of you, we were doing some of the work of becoming a racial justice church in the speaking and listening of those moments. Thank you.

To not anticipate that need of expression was a failure of my imagination, an imagination shaped by being white, male, and straight.  That is, I’m someone who has not been part of a group where voice and status were denied or diminished.  I’m someone who can hold racial justice as an optional cause (albeit an extremely important one) because after any such meeting I can go on with my life and seemingly have little consequence.  My appearance and my culturally conditioned behaviors identify me as white in our society, making me exempt to the forces of suspicion, limitation, and consequence that follow people of color wherever they go, all the time.

I can opt in or out of the issue.  It can be for me less urgent. That’s part of my white privilege.

This is a confession of my failure to imagine what that moment might represent and offer to others, but this is not meant to shame myself. Becoming self-shaming just makes the story too much about me and keeps me from training my attention and imagination on those who have experienced their lives mattering less and on what I can do moving forward to change my imagination and actions to help that to change.

My focus as we pursue a world where BLACK LIVES truly MATTER is to keep finding greater awareness of my whiteness and of the cultural systems that reinforce white supremacy.   To do that I will have to travel light and not be weighed down by guilt, shame, and excessive self-focus.  In the book White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, well-meaning whites are reminded that defending one’s innocence and impact on others just gets in the way. A wise black woman said to a group of well-meaning whites at an interfaith racial justice event I attended in Denver that we simply have to begin and accept that we will make mistakes.

My practice then is to not be fragile. To make the mistakes and learn and to keep moving. To listen to feedback about racially problematic behaviors I do and not be defensive or angry or focused on my innocence or on excessive apologies. I am choosing to focus on resilience, learning, and change.

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If we are to arrive in a place where every single soul is valued as a poem, as Michael Franti sings, we must keep moving. White fragility just slows us down and keeps us from the beauty of the poems we all are.