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 inquirers@universityucc.org 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.

~ Kris Garratt

This is one of the questions a group calling themselves Friends of Liturgical Arts (FoLA) is inviting us to consider in the coming months, as they offer workshops and prepare to host an Art Party in February. These activities offer us a way to explore our creative spirits. The confluence of these events with the season of Epiphany seems a perfect pairing. A definition of epiphany is “a moment of sudden revelation or insight,” this is one way I would describe the presence or voice of God in my efforts as a liturgical artist.

Like too many people, for most of my life I convinced myself I had no artistic ability. I drew stick figures and I never doodled on paper. My early life was full of traumatic loss, and it was not until I sought professional help to heal the wounds of those losses that I found encouragement and took the risk to change that narrative. Not only did I begin to heal, I began to see the world through a different, more vibrant lens.

The children of this church are the people who helped me to see artistic expression as an act of faith. Many children are full of sensory curiosity. They want to see things, touch things, and they want to move. They do not hide the multi-sensory dimensions of their being, dimensions within all of humanity, given by a God who is creative beyond understanding. There are so many adults who are also thirsty for sensory enrichment, and this thirst extends to their spiritual lives. I want to do my part to embrace and to honor that energy in the context of worship.

I believe we are all artists of one form or another. Some may paint or sculpt, others may dance or tell stories, and still others may offer an inspired solution to a thorny problem. I see artistic expression, in whatever form we are able to share it, as an act of gratitude and a proclamation of our God-given existence as multi-sensory beings. And artistic expression, in all its forms, can help make the world a better place. In the words of Richard Kamler, “Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible.” So let’s get going – Let’s ART!

For more information about Let’s ART activities, contact FoLA member Roberta Hollowell, hollowells@msn.com