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 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 Season of Epiphany

Epiphany is that moment when God appears among us. In the vernacular, the word “epiphany” has come to mean, “a sudden and surprising insight.” People who say they have had an epiphany are usually describing something that has changed their way of thinking, and therefore has changed them. The Magi’s journey of noticing the “to appear” of the star in the East changed their lives and changed the life of Jesus. It is after their epiphany that Joseph and Mary know they must flee and become refugees for the safety of their child. This journey is likely symbolic, so feel free to wonder, what symbolic journey has changed your life?

In our worship series this Epiphany, we will look at the overarching story of God’s presence with God’s people — of God of the refugee and as our refuge and our shelter. This long-view of Scripture is sometimes called “salvation history.” But we could just as much call it “Refugee Stories of Faith.”

In this Season of Epiphany, may you experience your own insights, finding places of refuge in your own life, and offering refuge to others. Join us as we trace the overarching story of God’s heart for the refugee.

February 3, 2019

In Search of Refuge: the stranger in our midst
Preaching: Todd Smiedendorf
Scripture: Exodus 23:9

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February 10, 2019

In Search of Refuge: David finds sanctuary
Preaching: Amy Roon
Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-6

February 17, 2019 — New Members Sunday

In Search of Refuge: she persisted
Preaching: Catherine Foote
Scripture: Esther 4:7-16

February 24, 2019

In Search of Refuge: seeing the invisible
Preaching: Jim Antal
Scripture: Mark 7:24-30