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.

Every year around this time, I invite the congregation out to the farm. It is Apple Day. We pull out the old apple press that George and Mary Jo Dvorak gave me many years ago, after they were no longer using it.

This year, for the first time, Apple Day featured a pumpkin labyrinth. We made the labyrinth out of straw and placed the pumpkins about 5 feet apart along the way. The earliest families to arrive helped finish laying the straw. The kids got more and more excited as they saw the path circle itself farther and farther from the center. Finally, it was complete. Now it was time to walk.

As my helpers lined up at the entrance, I explained to them that a labyrinth is not a maze. A labyrinth has no dead ends. If you stay on the path, you will get to the center, even though there will be times when you will take a turn and suddenly feel like you are walking farther away from it.. You just have to trust the path.

They began, like almost all kids I have ever seen in a labyrinth, not by waking but by running. They rushed to the center, turned around, and rushed out. Along the way, they commented about the journey:

“I thought I was almost there.” 

“Wait, the path goes this way?”

As new families arrived on the farm, they would head out to the labyrinth. By then, the kids who had helped build it were no longer running. They had slowed down. They were walking, sometimes very slowly. Then, they picked up rakes and began tending it, keeping the straw together in rows so the path remained clear. The labyrinth was working it’s magic on them.

At the end of the day, children lined up for one last walk through the labyrinth. This time, each child got to choose a pumpkin to take home with them. The pumpkins were made possible because of the Phyllis and Ralph Swanson Endowment, established to support the children and youth of our church.

So this story that started with October jack-o-lanterns ends with November gratitude. For George and Mary Jo. For Ralph and Phyllis. For older kids watching over younger kids. For all the saints who tend this community along the way.

[For more stories from Apple Day, and pictures, go to the Comma Blog at universityucc.org/the-comma/]