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.

I think that is what I said last week to the folks at the Parish Care luncheon, a gathering for those who are involved with caring for members and friends of UCUCC.  They asked me to share any wisdom I had about caring for others.

“Everybody is just trying to get their needs met.”

It is a basic and reorienting psychospiritual truth that I am still trying to fully integrate and utilize.  If I remember it, things go better. When I forget it, I’m more critical and frustrated.

As a young Christian teenager, it was not hard to get the message of Jesus as “love one another.” Forgiveness, patience, kindness, humility, honesty and hospitality and the rest all seemed to be expressions of the love Jesus was talking about.

Sounds good. I’m with you, Jesus. I’m in.

And….

Easier said than done, Jesus, especially when it comes to real, imperfect humans that I encounter. How do I do that? How do I love the one in front of me whom I don’t like in the moment, who is irritating me or keeping me from what I want, or who seems somehow not doing the right or the cooperative thing?

The late Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, a psychologist by training, out of his own frustration with psychology, created a communication approach called Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The intention is to communicate so that our energy and words do not keep separating us, but build understanding and connection and nurture what’s alive in us. That’s where I heard “Everybody is just trying to get their needs met”, in NVC.

NVC is also known as Compassionate Communication. I think what Jesus was teaching could also be called compassion.  Just like NVC, compassion sounds good, but is not always easy for me so I appreciate any clues or cues that help me.

“Everybody is just trying to get their needs met.”

It helps me be compassionate with others AND with myself (which is crucial for compassion to flow).  If I can set aside my story and/or another person’s story and just focus on what human need is trying to be met or is unmet, I can feel compassion more easily at the level of basic human need, mine or another’s. We could name needs like autonomy, security, authenticity, meaning, physical nurture, emotional nurture, spiritual nurture, celebration and play, rest and appreciation, etc.

I want you to imagine someone with whom you have an irritation or can’t understand.  Or maybe imagine yourself in a state of irritation or anger or depression.  What if you just set aside the story, the plot, and just met yourself or that other person at the level of basic human need? Might compassion, our spiritual intention, come easier and more fully?

This is a start to building compassionate energy and momentum. More or less, we all have strategies and behaviors that are costly ways of getting our needs met. They cost us and/or others a lot and make it hard for us or others to actually get what we need and want.  Our lives would improve if we changed those patterns. But those patterns are hard to change if we don’t first compassionately appreciate in ourselves or others what needs are at stake.

“Everybody is just trying to get their needs met.”

Put that in your spiritual pocket today and bring it out when needed.  See if it builds your sense of compassion for yourself and for others.