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 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.

stained-glassLooking back I’m sure our artist-in-residence is the one to blame—I mean thank—for getting the idea that members of our congregation could construct a stained glass window for the chapel. That’s the long skinny window to the left of the door.

When she asked me if I thought we could do it, I said, “Sure! How hard could it be?” I’m pretty sure the Donner party said something similar.

Since we knew nothing about designing a window, we hired a professional artist. She came up with a gorgeous design that includes: spawning salmon, Mt. Rainier, a mighty river and the Holy Spirit as a descending dove. (I wanted to include a steaming cup of coffee but nobody went for that idea.)

Then since we knew nothing about actually cutting glass or constructing a window, we hired a professional stained glass Craftsman (who is also an artist) to instruct us. This is where Art meets Craft. You really can’t have one without the other.

So even though we were all very excited to start cutting glass, we had to wait while the Artist and the Craftsman worked out the placement of the leadlines. This is a Very Big Deal. The window design had to be structurally sound or we were doomed.  Glass is much heavier than you would think. I found this out after trying to pick up sheets of glass as if they were pieces of binder paper.

Our instructor told us a tragic/hilarious story about a window she made for her mother-in-law. The beautiful window was in a perfect spot that got lots of sun. But that also meant it got lots of heat. Because the design was not structurally sound, when the lead got hot, it softened and the window folded in half. A wonderful but weak piece of art.

Isn’t that just like life? Our lives can look beautiful and perfect but if they are not constructed in a way that gives us strength, when the heat is on we melt down.

It’s like the story in Matthew 7:24-27 where the foolish builders put up their house on the sand.

“Sand? Sounds like a great idea—easy to build on, no permits and it looks terrific!”

But the rain came down, the floods arrived, the winds blew and that house fell—and great was its fall.

So Jesus says, “Build your lives on me and my teachings. The rain, floods and winds will still come, but you will endure.”

The window needed both beauty and strength. It’s just like how in the life of a Christian we have Faith and we have Works. We need them both. We can’t sit around all day talking and singing about how much we love Jesus while children starve and violence prevails right outside our doors. We need to do something about it. We need to act on our beliefs.

Yes, scripture writers contradict one another about this. But in the world of stained glass all agree: Art without good craftsmanship is not good art.

A stained glass window will endure only if the integrity of the design is strong because it’s not the lead that gives a window its strength—lead is soft. But why even use lead if it’s so soft?

Because what is so terrible about lead is exactly what makes it so wonderful: it’s flexible. That is why we are able to bend it around the wing of a dove or the tail of a salmon. Its flexibility allows it to expand and contract with the cycles of heat and cold. And that is how we need to be too—flexible; able to expand and contract with the cycles in our lives. We just need to be sure that our lives have a solid foundation.

So as we cut glass and snip lead, I ponder these questions: What/who helps me bear the weight of my life? How is my life constructed in a way that will withstand pressure and force? What gives my life stability?

These are not bad questions for all of us to ponder. I mean—how hard could it be?

Rev. Debra Jarvis is one of University Congregational’s covenant partners, and our writer-in-residence. During Catherine Foote’s sabbatical, Debra will alternate blogging duties on The Comma with Peter Ilgenfritz.