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.

~ Toni Higgs

With Peter Ilgenfritz’s departure I’ve taken time to reflect on his influence with the Racial Justice Initiative, and its impact on our church. In February of 2016, he invited Ginger Warfield, Rosh Doan, and I to a workshop with Heather Hackman: Racial Justice as a Spiritual Imperative. Since that workshop, he worked tirelessly with us to gather a team, figure out what to do, and connect us to the people who could help.

The great thing about Peter (there are many, but one of them) was that he never pretended to have all the answers. But, he was willing to walk with us as we tried to figure out how to make an impact.

From Peter, I learned so much about the importance of collaboration, of asking for help, of building community as the key to any social justice change. I am proud to announce that we are collaborating more than ever in several areas of our church:

Racial Justice Workshop: Lessons of Place.

Sunday January 20, 11:30-1:00, Room TBD

Many of you know Emily Morishima as one of our greeters, but she’s also an expert on race and segregation. Together, we will explore the history of Seattle’s neighborhoods and the ways that racism caused housing segregation within the city. We will also consider the ways Seattle’s racial history shapes our city today.

Racial Justice Survey

As we did with the Open and Affirming process, we are developing a congregation-wide survey about our racial justice work that will be distributed to everyone at church. Stay tuned to your bulletin for more details.

Youth Program

February 3 and 10

Kimberly Segal and I will be inviting high school youth to watch a Tim Wise video and follow up with their ideas and conversation on Feb. 3 & 10. Tim Wise is a national anti-racism activist and writer who is coming to Seattle Pacific University, where Kimberly is a professor. This brings us to:

Tim Wise Lecture at SPU:

Friday March 1,Tim Wise: The Politics of Fear in America

All invited, especially youth parents:
Meet for dinner at 5:30pm, place TBD
7-9pm, Upper Gwinn, Seattle Pacific University
This is the day before the Moving Mountains youth fundraiser, so we understand if youth are busy preparing!

Return of the Lenten Study Groups

~ Ginger Warfield

We are planning a series of discussion Circles (modeled on Peace Circles) to discuss Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, by Drew Hart.

There will be at least five Circles meeting for the first five weeks of Lent, which starts in early March. They will meet at a variety of times and locations, both still to be determined. We also plan to have an online group — format also remaining to be determined.

Watch for a sign-up table in the narthex by early February. If you have questions or suggestions, see Ginger Warfield (moc.cam@dleifrawv) or Lily Lahiri (moc.liamg@irihalml)