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.

It is a question I get often enough to have some thoughts about it. It usually comes up in conversations with my Seattle congregation. “How are the sheep?”

Some folks ask it as soon as they see me. Others ask when there is a lull in our exchange. I have come to think of it as a kind of “Hi, how are you?” question for shepherds. It moves the conversation forward, but folks don’t really expect a detailed response. So I usually say, “Everyone was fine when I left them this morning. But I can’t speak for what they have been up to since then.”

And then, often, I find myself wondering how the sheep are doing at that moment. That ewe who has been sticking her head through the fence to eat the “greener grass” she wants on the other side, has she gotten stuck again? That little lamb who jumps up in the feeder to eat the sweetest alfalfa from the top down, was he able to get back out again once he had eaten his fill? And if it is lambing season, is any sheep out there in trouble while I am in Seattle?

I have actually come to enjoy this question, which I can use as an opportunity to reflect on my life as a shepherd. It gives me a chance to pause and feel gratitude for my full life. For just a moment, I imagine myself on the farm, surveying the flock.

It also takes me to a deeper, longer-to-answer question: How are my sheep really doing? Do they have what they need to thrive? Are they safe from the coyotes I hear out in the woods almost every night? Are they lying down in green-enough pastures and enjoying still waters?

If I have the time for even more reflection, I start thinking of the people who are part of my congregation, or the person right in front of me. When I ask the surface-skimming question, “How are you?” have I made enough space in the conversation to get to a deeper response? Can they tell me if they are struggling with heavy burdens? If they have gotten themselves stuck in something and don’t know a way out? If they are hungry or thirsty for spiritual nourishment? Do they have what they need to thrive?

So the next time we talk and I ask you “How’s it going?,” know that you don’t have to say only, “I’m fine.” We can go deeper- if not right at that moment, then at a time when we can both make room for it.

In the meantime, if you ask me “How are the sheep?” I will probably still answer, “They were fine when I last saw them.” But now you will know you have given me a brief time of reflection, both about my Whidbey flock and my Seattle congregation. And maybe, if we have time, I’ll tell you a story.

Like how last night when I got back to the farm that old, stubborn ewe had indeed gotten her head stuck in the fence again. It was the third time in the last month. When I have the time, I will have to replace that old stretch of fence. But for now, instead of just putting the sheep in the barn at the end of a long day, I went up to the house, found my wire cutters (I have moved them to a more convenient place in the tool bag), and went back down to set her free.