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.

imageThis last Sunday the weddings began. And while I don’t think it will be long before the exuberance of this historic moment fades, for now I am still feeling wonderfully swamped by stories of joy and justice that have come from more than a week of marriage equality in the state of Washington. So let me offer one more post before moving on.

First I will take you to the narthex of our own church. It is Sunday morning after worship, and we have announced that while we do not have any weddings scheduled here on this historic day, we do have wedding cakes. The cakes are to celebrate the many couples in our church who, although they have not the option of being “lawfully wedded” until now, have taken vows, made life commitments to one another, raised families, and lived together in holy matrimony.

By the time I get to the lounge where the cakes are displayed, a group of young children have surrounded one of the cakes. They know immediately what it is.

“Who’s getting married?” one of them asks. We adults all look at each other, wondering for a moment about how to answer. Eyes turn to me. I am the pastor, after all. Not sure what I will say, I plunge in.

“Have any of you heard about the new law in our state about marriage equality?”

A few kids say they have.

“Well, today is the first day of that new law. So this cake is for gay and lesbian couples, who have not been able to marry until today.”

After a moment of silent reflection, one child asks the most important question: “Does everyone get some?”

We all laugh. “Yes,” I say, “Everyone can have a piece of cake.” And so the cutting begins, and the cake is distributed, first to the children and then to everyone else, until it runs out. And it turns out the cake does run out. I do not get a piece of it. But that was just fine. I love it that so many folks lined up to celebrate. I love it that my congregation has so thoroughly embraced the justice journey of marriage equality that children gathered around a cake have no bigger question than whether or not they get a piece.

It is now Sunday night, and as I am eating dinner I get a text from a member of the congregation: “Watching two same sex marriages at the Seattle men’s chorus concert. What a great day for Washington.” Their family is in the middle of the weddings for Jane Lightly and Pete-e Peterson, as well as Neil Hoyt and Donald Jenny, conducted by retired judge Ann Levenson just before intermission. Together those couples have a total of 59 years of commitment. I wish I could have been there.

“Jealous,” I text back. And early the next morning I get to watch that wedding myself when the twenty minute ceremony was posted on Youtube. One of the things I love about it was how many times the ceremony was interrupted by standing ovations from the audience of about 2,000 folks, who hung on every word the judge said. “By the authority vested in me by the state of Washington . . . ” was a show stopper.

imageOn Wednesday morning I go with some others from my congregation to a fundraising breakfast for Equal Rights Washington. Their theme is “Toasting Equality,” and there, with Gov. Christine Gregoire, Governor-elect Jay Inslee, and a host of individuals and groups who have been working on human rights for LGBTQ nfolks in our state for decades, we do celebrate with toast after toast. Almost every time someone is introduced, or says something about this moment, we all jump to our feet clapping and cheering. And every time, even after we have given many, many such standing ovations, I am happy to stand again. This just doesn’t seem to be a time to remain seated.

On Thursday morning, after my chores and before I head in to work, I open the little box of cereal from the “Toasting Equality” breakfast. It is a wonderfully quiet moment for my own reflection. Before picking up my spoon, though, I pick up my camera and take a picture. Then I send out a Facebook message: “Enjoying my Marriage Equality cocoa krispies. . . Turns out equality tastes great- and chocolaty too.”

I know there is still much work to be done in moving human rights forward for LGBTQ folks. I think of couples in other states who still cannot get a license, or even in places in our state, cannot be open about their love. I think of the marriage equality cases that our supreme court will be hearing this year, and what their rulings in those cases might mean. I think about GLBTQ folks in this country and around the world, who live in places where to express their love would be to risk their lives.

But today, I think I will bake a cake of my own. Because as I continue to reflect on last Sunday, and on this week of joy, I am even more deeply aware of that question a child asked: “Does everybody get some?” Yes, I get to answer. In this state, today, everyone does.image