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.

Superman was drowning, a hunk of Kryptonite rock strung around his neck by his arch nemesis Lex Luthor.  Yet, somehow an appeal to Luthor’s female accomplice Eve Teschmacher gets the disempowering necklace removed so that he can save the day. At least that’s how it went in Superman: The Movie (1978).

They are wonderful imaginative vehicles, superhero stories.  They can help us reflect on our power and how we use it or neglect to use it.

The Superman drowning scene is my favorite because it features kryptonite, a substance from his home planet that takes away his superpowers and makes him weak, can even kill him.  Kryptonite is a powerful metaphor; that thing from our place of origin, from our childhood, from our deep interior that can drain our power, dis-courage us or, if we use the old etymology of the word courage (from heart), can dis-hearten us.

As we continue into our theme of courage and our InCourage small groups begin meeting this month, I am mindful that everybody has some kind of kryptonite, something that can drain away their courage. Everybody. Naming that we all have some kind of kryptonite is a truth meant to inspire compassion for others and ourselves.  This ‘everybody’ truth is meant to direct our particular learning for when we each can understand and creatively engage our particular form of kryptonite, we can transform our ability to love and exercise our power wisely for the good. We can have heart, have courage to be with life as it is and move more creatively and lovingly with its currents, even steer those currents toward healing and justice. (Right up to the Oval Office, we can see the devastation and danger when we remain unconscious to our unseen patterns that steer us away from healing and justice.)

My kryptonite may be different than yours. Psycho-spiritual maps like the Enneagram (9 types) are one way to describe our kryptonite and what truth/energy/shift might remove that dis-heartening necklace from our lives. For example, in that Enneagram map, I am identified as acting often in the One pattern (reformer) with a lot of the next door Nine pattern (peacemaker). All patterns (fixations) have their upside and they have a downside, a kind of kryptonite that collapses us.  In my case, my One (perfectionist) pattern can be so super sensitive (afraid) about being wrong or bad or lacking integrity that if I or another person I respect hangs that kind of accusation around my neck I can start sinking, losing heart, and losing power. My Nine side can be so super sensitive (afraid) about keeping the peace to keep connection that if the right someone tells me I’ve ruptured a relationship by being assertive it drains me into a kind of withdrawal.

If we are lucky and have matured, we may have mitigated and even largely overcome such effects, but we still respect and know the power of kryptonite. We could still point to the scar or tell the story of it.  We can still be hungry, angry, lonely, tired (HALT) or sick and regress into its effect.  For me, psycho-spiritual kryptonite is dissolved when my One side (reformer) truly receives again that affirmation that I am a child of God, a spark of the image of God, and when my Nine part (Peacemaker) really experiences that it’s Ok for me to assert myself even when it disturbs a kind of peace, even a false one.

This is a core part of our journey toward courage: identifying and dealing with our kryptonite so that it cannot drown us.

This is a core part of God’s Good News for us all: there is a way to deal with our kryptonite, to have it removed or transformed so that we have the heart to live in love. It doesn’t mean we can leap buildings in a single bound or are faster than a speeding bullet or can stop a locomotive.  That’s for superheroes. For human beings, it means there’s a way through to love, a path to healing, and a road to justice, and we have the courage (heart) to keep traveling.

What’s your kryptonite?

What Good News from God might dissolve it?