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.

OK, show of hands. How many of you still have your Christmas tree up? If you could look at me right now you would see my hand raised high in the air. I am of the school that advocates, “Don’t take it down too soon.”

I know there can be good reasons to de-Christmas one’s house. The tree gets dry. The vacation time is ending. You’re headed out for a ski weekend and this is the only time you have.

At my house, though, the needles are still pretty green, Orthodox Christians just celebrated Christmas, and if you are counting, bring us all the way up to January 5th. I’m not going away for awhile. My Christmas tree is still up.

Of course taking down the tree is only the start. At my farm there are Christmas decorations scattered throughout the house. Over the last few days I have been gathering all those like the shepherd I am, bringing my flock of Santas and reindeer back home to the stable (closet) where they will spend the next 11 months.

Inevitably, though, some particular decoration will escape my notice. When I finally see it, a few weeks from now, I will be presented with a dilemma. Shall I try to get it back to the box, now back pushed back to the recesses of the closet? Or shall I just tuck it somewhere to wait out the time until Christmas comes around again and just hope I remember where I put it? I have had some decorations miss a Christmas or two waiting in some dark place until I stumbled back on them and got them to where they could be seen again.

I also imagine I’m not alone, when I finally do take down the tree, in overlooking a decoration there too. I do have the advantage that my Christmas trees stay on the farm, even after they go out of the house. They are carried to the burn pile every farm has, waiting until the spring to be part of a bonfire. More than once, when all the needles have dropped off, I have spotted an overlooked ornament in time to rescue it. Then it too goes into some dark corner where, as with other overlooked decorations, I might remember to get it out the next Christmas.

All of this brings me to the poignant question I face every year at this time. When does Christmas end?

We spent the month of December and even earlier in a season of hope. We spent Christmas celebrating the angels’ message of Peace on Earth. We gathered in community and sang “Joy to the World.” Now here we are in January. Hope seems distant. Joy is dim. The possibility of peace on earth seems more remote than ever as we read this week’s headlines.

I know it is hard to keep Christmas going. Maybe, more subtly and more difficult, how do we keep the meaning of Christmas alive within us all year long? During December we can get overwhelmed with the extravagance, the marketing, and the external trappings on the season. In January we can let that go. But the message of the season, that the Word became flesh and lives among us, that the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it, can center us in profoundly hopeful and joyous and peacemaking ways. That message will sustain us, even as we take the Christmas tree down, and put the decorations away, and look again at the troubling headlines in the world and in our own lives.

So here is my January blessing, for myself and for you as well. May we all find that centering that carries us through 2020. May we live into the words of Ebeneezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol:

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.“