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.

“The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.”
Joan Miro

It is no surprise that people at UCUCC have interesting vocations and avocations. Some of them have offered to share their artistic explorations in informal workshops to be held before church in January and February as a part of our celebration of the role of art in our lives and worship. The workshops have been scheduled for Sunday mornings, from 9:00 to 9:45 in room 327. 

Jan 6: Tom Furin — decorating correspondence

For years Tom has illustrated his correspondence with his family members, using cards and drawings, watercolors and ink to depict a particular happening, maybe a special relationship, or sometimes as decoration. Over the years a collection has grown into a family treasure, which Tom will share in hopes that other families will be enriched by this tradition.

Jan 13: Jeaneane Hill — buttons for activism

Jeaneane embraces a life of activism. And you need buttons for a cause. She will show how to make pins that advocate or explain or even decorate. (“I wear them on my purse and backpack, and they’re a great way to start a conversation,” says Jeaneane).  She will have supplies, and everyone will leave with a pin, plus instructions about how to make a whole lot of them at home.

Jan 20: Nancy Wiesner — Sashiko embroidery

Nancy is intrigued by the art of Sashiko embroidery. Mending the torn clothing of workers evolved into an art form early in Japanese history, and it is endlessly adaptable to modern forms of stitched decoration. Nancy will have illustrations and examples of some of her work and that of Cathy Gunstone. Materials for a small sampler will be provided.

Jan 27: George Vestal and Mary Paananen — caring through cards

George and Mary will share ways their faith plays out in sending cards, connection and caring for others. They will share who influenced their reasons for choosing and sending cards to family, friends and church community persons. You will have opportunities to view example of why they choose cards and the ability to write a card for someone you want to send a card to.

Feb 3: Christy McDanold — meaning through reading

Christy has experienced times when reading has filled her with beauty, empathy and wonder — all feelings that open her up to God. She will present a few experiences in which reading has enriched her spiritual life. After a brief presentation there will be ample opportunity for all to share both experiences and meaningful titles. P.S. There will for sure be poetry involved.