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.

“I Am Because We Are: A Journey Toward Belonging”

In recent months, a group has formed to support Pastor Amy Roon as she lives into her vision for the sabbatical our pastoral leadership is eligible for every five years. Her dream, building for years but newly enriched by her recent trip to Malawi, is a two-month journey to Malawi and Ethiopia, where she would explore her African heritage from a place of deep belonging while enabling our congregation to deepen its understandings of the racial justice journey we are taking here at home.
With the blessing of the Church Council and the Leadership Team, Amy and her Sabbatical Committee are working on an application for a grant from the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program. The Lilly Grant—the same that enabled Pastor Catherine to pursue her sheepdog sabbatical in England ten years ago, and which Pastor Todd used to train with Interplay in 2018—seeks to “strengthen Christian congregations by providing opportunities for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection.” Lilly Grants aren’t vacations, but periods of exploration and reflection for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry. They are for “discovering what will make the pastor’s heart sing.”
“The strongest reflection from my recent trip, and what I’m most needing now, is to be more grounded in the African ethic of Ubuntu: I am, because we are,” Amy explains. “It speaks to me as a person who had no other lineage but through faith for 16 years of my life; as a bi-racial woman of the diaspora; and as an adopted adult who longs for my adopted child to be rooted in this. This is an ethic that is frustratingly and sadly lacking in our US culture and it makes my heart cry. In Malawi, Benjamin felt free and independent and held, in a way he deeply struggles to be here. There just isn’t the isolation there that a culture built primarily on an ethic of independence and individualism has wrought.”
Lilly grants are as much for the congregation as for the pastor, and Amy’s goal for her sabbatical would be that it inspire the congregation to live more deeply into the Ubuntu ethic of joyful interdependence. “My hope is that you all could reach out more often, lean into the ethic and practice of assuming responsibility and connection to one another,” Amy reflects. “How does living this ethic dismantle racism?”
That’s the question that will be at the heart of our congregation’s work should Amy be awarded the Lilly Grant. In coming weeks, the Sabbatical Committee will be hard at work dreaming the ways that we as Amy’s church family can participate in the Ubuntu ethic alongside her, during her proposed sabbatical period of late summer-fall 2021. If you have ideas and energy for this work, you can become part of this process! Reach out to someone on Amy’s Sabbatical Committee, listed below. And stay tuned for more information to come.
-Amy Roon Sabbatical Committee: Kathryn Robinson, Tom Vasquez, Becca McMullen, Kathy Williams, Toni Higgs, Trent Siegel