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.

~ Alex Bacon, Racial Justice Task Force

Since our congregational vote in August, we are continuing to get concrete in our commitment to be a Racial Justice Church. This has required the work of many congregants and staff . Our Racial Justice Task Force held numerous outreach sessions, conducted a written survey, and listened to and reflected on the voices raised at the congregational vote. Out of that, we now have a mission calling us to “Meet the moral and spiritual imperative of addressing racism in our congregation and broader community through sacred study, conversation, community building, and worship so that we can act as effective allies to dismantle it.”

Our goals for the coming year include:
  • To make UCUCC a place where people of color feel welcome and included.
  • Provide educational opportunities to the congregation that will:
    • Explore theologies that offer alternatives to white supremacy and racial hierarchy.
    • Deepen our awareness of racial injustice and harm in everyday life, and guide us to make racially just decisions.
  • Become an antiracist church through worship, policies, practices and structure.
  • Provide an environment for children, youth, and their families, to actively engage in antiracism work.
  • Partner with groups both inside UCUCC and in the community to promote actions and events that dismantle racism.
  • Provide ongoing communications that keep the issue of racism continually in front of the congregation.
Oct 26, Racial Justice Retreat

Two-dozen congregants, staff and community members joined together on October 26 for a half-day retreat. At this retreat, we prioritized working on action items to help us work towards the goals above based on those that had the most energy. In addition to a communications group, five work groups were formed based on common action steps, including:

Racial Justice Book Group

Meets on 3rd Tuesdays at noon after Bible Study.

  • The group will be discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama on Dec 17.
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor on Jan 21.
Partner with Sacred Earth Matters (SEM)

Develop a UCUCC land acknowledgement statement to show respect for and honor the Indigenous People of Seattle and the Puget Sound.

  • This will be discussed further at the SEM meeting on January 12 and is open to all.
Worship Action

Developed initial plans to potentially use the season of Epiphany to focus on racial justice issues in our worship, add a monthly segment to our worship bulletin and/or service that lifts up racial justice and developing a statement regarding cultural appropriation in worship.

Connect with Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Took the first steps towards sharing an activity together before year’s end that will further nurture this budding connection.

Partnership with local faith communities

Learn how they and our Conference are responding to God’s Call to end White Supremacy. Research and recommend a people-of-color-led organization in Seattle that works on racial justice issues, and would appreciate our support.

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Our continued initial steps are modest when laid bare against the violence of white supremacy and racism. These systems of oppression have been hard-baked into our faith for over five-hundred years, and despite our work so far, the violence and harm continue even in our own Church walls. As a white person, I know I must seek support from others to avoid the pitfalls of getting stuck in fear, guilt and shame. Instead we must imagine a truly liberated world free of oppression and take concrete steps towards that world.

The more of us involved in these efforts, the more impactful we can be. Please contact Ginger Warfield at moc.cam@dleifrawv to get connected to this work or if you have questions.

The Racial Justice Task Force is planning a follow-up meeting after the New Year.
You can also join the UCUCC Racial Justice Facebook group to stay current.