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 have not seen the Broadway musical, “Come From Away,” but I do remember when I first heard of it. The production was premiered here in Seattle, and destined for a long Broadway run. Folks in my Bible study who saw it said, “You have to go see this musical. It is wonderful.“ As things go, however, I hear that said about many offerings in the field of Seattle arts and music. And I just could not work this one into my schedule. I missed it.

The musical presents the story of the people of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, who welcomed and tenderly cared for 6400 people who had been flying on September 11, 2001 and were stranded when US air space was closed after the attacks. The response of that small community has become legendary.

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, when I heard that NPR’s “tiny desk concert“ was featuring sixteen cast members offering a synopsis in song of the musical, I made room in my day and I listened to it.

Yes, the folks in my Bible study, and the rest of the world, were right. “Come From Away” was powerful. Suddenly I was back to the events of that day 18 years ago.

But it was a statement by the narrator at the conclusion of the concert that brought me back to my feelings today. At the end of the presentation, he said, “We often say that the story we tell is not a 9/11 story, it’s a 9/12 story. It is the story of the power of kindness in response to a terrible event. . .”
Those stories from Gander, and so many others from that day, are summed up by the simple call for kindness. It is the action verb that embodies the Golden Rule.

Of course kindness was not the only response to the trauma and grief of that day. We continue to live with a legacy of fear, bigotry, violence and hatred that also grew from that day. Yet in the face of all those responses, I appreciate being called back to kindness. For an individual or for a nation, directed toward someone else or toward oneself, kindness is always an appropriate response to trauma.

Be kind. I have heard this before. I have been told this was a favorite admonition of our former pastor Dale Turner, who would advise people with the familiar quote, “Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.“

This week, as my own family has been carrying a heavy burden in the loss of our dear niece, what I have appreciated most from people is their kindness. A thoughtful note, a quiet word, even a gentle glance and nod, all have been a comfort to me.

Thank you, my Bible study friends. Thank you colleagues and congregation.

My prayer for you is the same as well. With whatever you might be carrying today, trauma from long ago, fresh grief, or simply the everyday work of living faithfully in this troubled world, may you embody and may you encounter kindness.