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.

Kyna ShillingOn Dec. 10, the Church Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the Business Manager Search Committee to hire Kyna (pronounced “kinna”) Grace Shilling to assume the responsibilities of overseeing the finance and operations functions at University UCC, a post occupied for more than 20 years by David Anderson. David will be retiring at the end of January. (See article on page 2 for
information on the retirement celebration for David.)

The committee (Todd Smiedendorf, Terry Moore, Virginia Felton, Roger Garratt, and Rich Folsom) unanimously and enthusiastically recommended approval. Kyna is currently both Managing Director of Macha Theatre Works and Production Associate at Taproot Theater. She is a lifelong member at Plymouth UCC, serves on their Congregational Council, and for the past several years has led their budgeting process. She is active in the UCC Pacific Northwest Conference.

Kyna will report to Bridge Minister Todd Smeidendorf, who notes, Kyna brings a deep familiarity and love for the UCC as well as lay leadership experience in the areas we are asking her to support. Her experience is a combination of facilities oversight, budget development and management, and church leadership that we believe will be a good fit for UCUCC and provide new insights for us in the future

Her job application was both thoughtful and articulate. In answering why she was interested in this position, she shared the following:  “I was born and raised in the UCC. As an adult I’ve felt God’s call to give back to the community that’s been such a formative part of my life. I thrive when working behind the scenes, and I find deep satisfaction from collaborating with people to create and implement systems.

“From my nonprofit theater career, I have experience in marketing, communications, fundraising, and in managing people and buildings. And church, like theater, flourishes when you have leaders who understand the value of people, and who can help connect the daily nuts and bolts to the bigger story of God at work in our lives, our church, and our neighborhood. Basically, what interests me most is the way this job feels like a great fit for who I am. Plus, I love church people. Church people are my kind of people.”

Kyna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in 2007. She had a nine-year tenure as Production Manager and Technical Director at Seattle Public Theatre before joining Taproot Theater Company and Macha Theatre Works. Kyna shares the following about her new position here: I look forward to being part of the University UCC team, and to supporting the great work you do—both inside and outside the walls of the church.