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.

I am doing a pilgrimage in September—El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It is five hundred miles across the top of Spain. So this means that right now I am doing a lot of walking to get ready.

When I lived in Berkeley and ran instead of walked, I trained with my friend Neal Flanagan. He was Catholic priest and professor at the Graduate Theological Union. He was elderly—sixty-five. Yes—stifle your laughter—the same age as I am now.

When we ran together we always greeted other runners and Neal would turn to me, smile and say, “We’re a friendly bunch!”

I would laugh and nod but secretly wonder, “What does he mean by ‘bunch’? Two is not a bunch. Who else is running with us—Jesus? The Holy Spirit? Maybe he’s including Mary Mother of God because after all he is a Catholic priest.”

So this week when I was doing a ten mile walk I thought about Neal. You know how when you’re thinking a lot about someone it can feel as if they are right there with you? That is how it felt to me—as if Neal was right there—his sixty-five year old self because now he would be ninety-nine and I’m not sure he could walk twelve miles. But maybe!

Anyway, because I had been pondering the “bunch” question and whether or not Neal included Jesus, I started thinking about Jesus. I know he could walk twelve miles because I’m sure he did this regularly with the disciples. I thought about Jesus walking not in orthotically enhanced running shoes but funky leather sandals. And because I was thinking so much about him suddenly it felt like Jesus was walking with me too. Weird, right? But also great.

If Jesus was walking with me then for sure he would smile and greet people—the runners, the dog walkers, the cyclists. I imagined walking toward Jesus and him smiling and saying, “Good Morning, Debra~!” Wow! To be greeted by Jesus felt like more than just a greeting—it felt like a blessing.

That’s when I decided that sincerely greeting people really is blessing them. “Good morning!” is saying, I see you and wish all things good for you. Imagine someone coming up to you and saying with a smile, “I see you and wish all things good for you.” Wouldn’t it feel like a blessing and not just a tossed off salutation?

From that moment on I concentrated on blessing people. I realized that I had to really mean it. So I couldn’t just mumble or say it under my breath. I had to sing out, “Good morning!” or “Hi there!” I decided that I had to make eye contact or at least look at their eyes even if they didn’t look at me. In fact, it’s better if those Spandex grasshoppers cycling at warp speed just keep their eyes on the road.

It was also important to smile. I had to smile before I blessed them because even if they didn’t look at me they could hear the smile in my voice. I did this for three hours. Yes, I did! And you know what? It was the Best Walk EVER. It wasn’t great because everyone smiled and blessed me back. In fact sometimes they looked shocked or puzzled. I could see them wondering, “Do I know her?”

Much of the time I got no response but it was still great! Why? Because in blessing others, I, myself was blessed as Spirit moved through me. (Apparently however Spirit did not move through my hip joints which is why I later blessed myself with Advil.)

We don’t have to be ordained or have a theological degree to do this. Everyone can bless one another. I know, I know, what if we’re shy, introverted and greeting strangers feels like eating glass? We do not get a pass. Just think about blessing others. Do not reject this idea outright. As the Persian poet Rumi says, “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

So then we find own way to bless others, our own personal way of saying, I see you and wish all things good for you.

Why?

Because we’re a friendly bunch.