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 here 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.

Feb 3-5 – UCC Pacific NW Conference Men’s Winter Retreat

Rev. Mike Denton, Conference Minister, is the program speaker at the 26th Annual Pacific NW Men’s Retreat at Pilgrim Firs Feb 3-5, 2017. The theme is Finding the Wisdom We Need. Mike will share his thoughts and experience around eldering, sharing wisdom, and speaking to a culture that yearns for wise thoughts and actions. Registration is available at
pilgrim-firs.org. There will be a Day of Silence the evening of February 2 to 3. Youth are welcome.

Feb 4 and Feb 11 – Bullitt Center Tour

THE GREENEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN THE WORLD

Sacred Earth Matters has scheduled two tours of the Bullitt Center: Noon on Saturday, Feb 4 and 11.

Located at 1501 E. Madison St, the Bullitt Center opened on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

Signup in the Narthex in January, 2017. Tickets are $5.

This interactive site provides details about the building: www.bullittcenter.org

Feb 5 – UCHA Forum 11:30am, Ostrander Hall 2

“Out of a desire to be hands for god’s work, our mission is to find creative ways to prevent homelessness and provide housing for people in need.”

We would love to have more hands to help do the work, so we are having a Forum to introduce
ourselves, or update the congregation, on who we are and how we function. The Housing Association wants to give members of the church an overview of what we are committed to do, our history, our current activities, and open a discussion of how we might operate in the future.

We currently manage 5 properties in the city, housing 80 some people in below-market rentals for various target populations. We regularly support Mary’s Place by providing help with moving-in deposits. We help provide move-in essentials for Sand Point Housing at Magnuson Park. We support things like the Habitat build in Guatemala last month. Later this month we are embarking on a new project to build a Tiny House for a new ncampment in the North End.

We are a committed group. Some of us have worked for more than 20 years to address our city’s inadequate supply of affordable housing. We currently could use help with fund-raising, publicity, property owner representatives, web design, event planning and new project development.  Come check us out.

Feb 8 – Global Ministries missionaries to speak

Kim and Erik Free, who have served with Global Ministries for 2 ½ years with the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, Africa, will share stories and their learnings on Wednesday, Feb 8 from 2-4 pm in the Lounge. The Frees have been
working in agriculture, health, empowerment of women and more within the church who invited them. They are temporarily back in the USA for their own safety because of armed action in the area where they were assigned.

Both the Christian (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ congregations have supported this young couple from a Disciples congregation in Oregon, and we are pleased they are willing to share their time with us. All are welcome and encouraged to show your support for our dedicated missionaries and Global Ministries. Bring a friend!

Feb 9 – Speak Out: Interfaith Advocacy Day!

University UCC’s Peace & Justice Advocates invite you to an empowering day of workshops: learning effective
advocacy, and visiting your legislators with fellow Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and other people of faith. We will be focusing on education and mental health funding, criminal justice reform, voting rights, climate change action, and the safety net. Take action with us!

We’ll join with faith communities from around the state in Olympia on Thursday, Feb 9 to raise our voices for a vision of compassion and justice.

The workshop is 9:00am-3:00pm, with lunch provided. Please register now: http://fanwa.org/interfaith-advocacy-day/
There are carpool options. To sign up for a ride, call Elizabeth Dickinson: 206-320-0432, elizabethstdickinson@gmail.com.

Feb 10-11 – Environmental Justice Workshop, Pilgrim Firs Conf. Center

How can we take on the urgent challenges of environmental justice in our time and place?

This workshop will equip participants to mobilize their communities for local and global issues of environmental justice. All are welcome to attend. The workshop begins at 10 am Friday, and concludes with dinner on Saturday. Participants will be
expected to commit to the entire workshop to cover all subjects and build community.

Cost: $100 includes lodging, 5 meals, and program expenses. Some scholarship funds may be available.
Registration: pilgrimfirs.org/calendar
Registration Deadline: Feb 3, 2017
Cosponsored by the United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries, and the Pacific NW Conference of the United Church of Christ.

UCC Environmental Justice Workshop info:
Meighan Pritchard, pritchardm@ucc.org  (206)370-4142
Pilgrim Firs directions and info: pilgrimfirs.org  (360)876-2031

Feb 17-18 – Practicing social change: A workshop on nonviolence

Pastor Catherine has called us to commit to learning the “practices” of social change, so that we can be prepared when it’s time to stand up. Nonviolence has long been a key to a brighter, better and more peaceful world.

Join the 2016 recipient of the Ghandhi International Humanitarian Award Bernard Lafayette Jr. – a
foundational participant in the Civil Rights Movement and a key foot-soldier who joins the civil rights
pilgrimages co-led by David Domke – as Dr. Lafayette teaches the power and techniques of Kingian
nonviolence.

He will be leading a Kingian nonviolence workshop in Ostrander Hall. This is free and open. All are welcome to learn with us on Friday February 17 from 5:30 to 9:30pm and Saturday February 18 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This workshop will demonstrate how the principles of nonviolence can send an illuminating message of love and acceptance even when met with anger, prejudice, and hate.

Feb 19 – Allegiance: The Broadway Musical on the big screen

Feb 19, 2017 is the 75th anniversary of “Executive Order 9066,” which ordered the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

On this day, we invite you to join us for a special screening of Allegiance, the movie of the hit Broadway musical which the story of George Takei’s internment with his family.

“At a time when echoes of the internment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance,” Takei says. Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the
overwhelming power of love and forgiveness.

The movie will show at 12:55 pm on Sunday, Feb 19, at a cinema to be announced. Let’s watch Allegiance together and then discuss it over drinks. Tickets are on sale.

If you’d like to join us, please contact UCUCC Peace & Justice Advocates Sharon D’Amico,:
info@damicophotography.com or Elizabeth Dickinson: elizabethstdickinson@gmail.com

Feb 25 – Days for Girls

Join Mary Paananen, and others with varying levels of skill on the sewing machine, to create sanitary packets to send to girls in developing countries who would otherwise be unable to attend school.

This recurring project is happening Feb. 25 from 9:00—2:30 in the Lounge

Feb 25 – Sacred Earth Matters Sixth Annual Free Electronics Recycling Event

10 am – 3 pm in Parking Lot A (across from the church on 16th Ave NE)        

¨ Old microwave in your basement?  Motorcycle that last ran in 1970?  Computers, stereo components, refrigerators?  A Flat screen TV that’s done for? (Flat screen only)

One Green Planet will take them all!
Free will donations accepted to strengthen our UCUCC recycling program.

~ Sponsored by Sacred Earth Matters at UCUCC