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.

Discerning Our Future

On April 14, Todd’s sermon “Band Together: Deepening” spoke directly to the work of the Future’s Task Force (previously the Re-Imagining Task Force). We heard him tell us:

  • Band Together to get us where we need to go.
  • The Challenge of change
  • Do what it takes to keep our dream alive.
  • What are you hungry for?
  • What do we long for?
  • What breaks your heart?

All of this is being explored as we work toward a report for the Church Council in October.

The task force is composed of 17 church members including Catherine Foote from Leadership Staff. Each member works in one of five small teams.

Staffing

One of the teams will study staffing including our history of staffing, how other churches of our size staff, and what our congregational needs and feelings are regarding current and future staffing.

Research

The Research Team looks at the future church and what the research tells us about churches now and in the next 5-10 years and how that speaks to our staffing needs.

Attendance/Membership

The Worship Attendance/Membership team is looking at trends at UCUCC. Why do people come to church and why do they leave? How solid is our membership?

Listening

Our Congregation Listening team will survey the congregation for where we see our strengths and weaknesses and where we may see a need for change.

Reflections/Consultant

And our last team, Reflections/Consultant will look at how we can use an outside source to discern our specific needs.

Peter Ilgenfrtiz’s leaving left us sad, but opens us up to new possibilities. We will “band together” to discern the leadership to lead us into the future.