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.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a “meeting.”

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. 

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.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

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.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

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