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.

The stories we tell and how we understand them define our reality. Humans are meaning making creatures who have been using stories to interpret our world and shape our lives since the very beginnings of culture. Storytelling is a creative and sacred act when it engages the Mystery of Life in order to impart a life giving truth for the benefit of the community.

This summer our worship series will be centered on retelling Bible stories, with a particular focus on hospitality.  Each preacher will be preaching based on scripture as we tell it aloud or in the Children’s Bibles found in the pews…that is to say that the text will be heavily adapted to tell what we think the story means, with less concern for precise text translations. We will be taking particular care to focus on aspects of the story that may show us how to care, love and respect one another in community and the stranger. We hope this series will help us connect to the stories of faith that shape and form us. And we hope the stories we’ve chosen will help you deepen an aspect of your faith, hospitality, justice and care.

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Spiritual Practice:

Learn a bible story well enough to tell it in your own words. Tell it. Tell it several times. See how it changes and what responses you get and how those responses change you.

Pick a bible story that has some meaning to you… even if you’re not entirely sure what the meaning is at first. It’s okay for that first meaning to be “because I just always like this story.” If you think you know it pretty well already, try telling it or writing down an outline of how you’d tell it before you even open a book.

Practice telling the story in your own words…by yourself and out loud will likely help you feel more comfortable with it. Find an audience to listen. This might be a committee or task force or action team you do ministry with at church. Try the Tuesday morning Bible Study Group. Have a small group of friends over for dinner and tell each other stories. Try coming early to church and ask someone hanging around in the lounge to listen to your story. Your pastors are always more than happy to hear you tell them a Bible story. If you feel stuck about how to do this, feel free to reach out to one of your pastors and we can help create a compassionate audience for you. You’d be surprised how much we all want to hear you. Most of all, try doing this more than once or even twice. It’s best to just keep telling that same story until it just feels comfortable.

Worship & Preaching Calendar:

June 2, 2019
Youth Sunday
Preaching: our Youth
Scripture: Phil 4:4-9

June 9, 2019 — Pentecost
Living Resurrection: Eternal Flames
Preaching: Catherine Foote
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21

June 16, 2019
I love to retell the story: the Garden of Eden
Preaching: Todd Smiedendorf
Scripture: Genesis 1-4

June 23, 2019
I love to retell the story: Sodom & Gomorrah
Preaching: Catherine Foote

June 30, 2019
I love to retell the story: Joseph & Benjamin
Preaching: Amy Roon