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.

Lamb pictures are worth a thousand preacher words. Every year after Lamb Day I imagine a post on this blog that is nothing but pictures of people encountering lambs. Perhaps this will be the closest I come to that. Lamb Day was last Saturday, so here you go- five lessons, with illustrations.

1. Sheep don’t bite.

I still smile remembering how my colleague Peter Ilgenfritz shouted that discovery to another colleague. We were on the farm for a staff retreat, and Peter had been helping me with a ewe and her new lamb. This ewe was not sure she wanted to be a mother, and would butt her lamb away any time he wanted to eat. For the lamb to feed, someone had to hold on to the ewe’s head to keep that from happening.

“Will she bite me?” Peter asked when I assigned him this task.

“No,” I replied. “Sheep don’t bite”.

Until that question came up, I had no idea anyone would worry about a sheep bite and the damage it might cause. But ever since I saw the relief on Peter‘s face, and heard him call out excitedly and informatively to the next person to arrive, I have watched for visitors’ anxiety and repeated that wisdom. For little children especially, it is good to know that sheep don’t bite.

2. Lamb day spirituality is organic.

The sacredness of the day grows naturally from the experience of loading one’s family or simply one’s self into a car, taking a ferry boat across the water to an island, and holding a lamb. Or finding eggs in the chicken coop, or petting a horse, or hiking through woods, or picking dandelions. It is both invigorating and healing. The truest spiritualities always are.

3. A pastor is able to host Lamb Day on Saturday and still preach on Sunday.

But you better count on that sermon being soaked in nature. It was fortunate that last week the sermon text was Psalm 121: “I will lift my eyes to the mountains from whence cometh my help.” as the King James Bible reads. To that I added a John Muir quote:”Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”

4. It takes a village to host a Lamb Day

Thank you to Meighan Pritchard, Linda and Tony Messent and everyone who helped prepare the farm for the day. Thank you to Betsy Herring, Margaret Swanson, and everyone who helped spread the invitation. Thank you to all the ewes, lambs, chickens, dogs and other creatures who cooperated. And thank you everyone who came and made Lamb Day such a wonderful day.

5. Even shepherds need a sabbath.

After Lamb Day and a full Sunday, it’s good to take some time off.
I am now on vacation until next Tuesday.