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.

For almost twenty years I’ve been getting up every Tuesday and Friday morning at 5:00 a.m. I drink a cup of tea, then head out to my 6:00 a.m. class at Two Dog Yoga. It is a five minute walk. I love, love, love this teacher and this class.

Annie often points out that it’s a select group of people who show up for an early morning yoga class. That makes us feel special—sort of chosen. Then she points out that sunrise is an auspicious time to practice. That creates excitement!  What will we Chosen discover in our yoga this morning? It’s a wonderful way to start the day.

One of the things many yoga teachers suggest is to “set your intention,” for class. I always come up with things like, “I’m going to be really focused.” “I’m going to hold plank longer.” “I am going to fully relax into the hip stretch.”

But of course because of COVID I haven’t been in yoga class for months.

So recently I was watching an interview with yoga teacher Adriene Mishler. She said that setting your intention is asking yourself, “How do I want to feel?“

We are such rational, intellectual, thinking-thinky-thinkish-thinkerly people who want to take action! How do I want to feel? Not what do I want to get done?  How do I want to feel seems indulgent, almost lazy. Oh—did Mary and Martha just pop into your head? Yeah, me too.

She suggested contemplating the question for a moment. Then say, “Today I choose to feel  _________.”  Sit with that for a moment and then—imagine that it’s already so.

So let’s say your intention is to feel calm today. Sit with that and then imagine—know—that you are already calm. Wow—that just seems like magic. 

Then it dawned on me that maybe this is why all the saints begin their days with prayer—they are setting their intentions. There is a verse in Lamentations that nails this.

Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is God’s faithfulness.”

Mercies are new every morning. You don’t have to ask for them, they already are.  How do you want to feel? Forgiven? Blessed? Guided? Comforted? Choose. Now imagine that it already is.

Every morning since George Floyd died my intention has been to feel hopeful, but I’ll tell you that has been a struggle. Only just now am I really starting to feel it—and that’s only because of stories of peaceful protests, police officers taking a knee and worldwide outrage. Could it maybe, possibly be—the beginning of real change?

I tell you this because I think if at first your feeling doesn’t change, that’s okay, because your intention counts. Whatever your desired feeling is—hopefulness, courage, enthusiasm—your intention will help you see and hear in a way that feeds that desire. So my ears and eyes are open to things that feed my desire for hope.  

In this same interview, Adriene is asked, “What three poses would you have the U.S. president do?”

I couldn’t wait to hear her answer! Child’s pose because he is one? Headstand to bring some blood to his brain? Cow pose—for obvious reasons.

Clearly she is much more evolved than I.

“I would like for the President of the United States to do any three poses that include namasté. I say that because namasté is an acknowledgment that we are one, that we’re all in this together, we are equal, we’re all the same and we’re all equally beloved and beautiful. Namasté also has a beautiful integrity to it that says, ‘I respect you and all that you are. I respect me and I can respect both of us.’ Or more traditionally: the Divine in me honors the Divine in you. It would be really nice for the president to practice namasté and see what happens.”

My yoga teacher here in Seattle is right: before or at sunrise is an auspicious time to practice—yoga or prayer or meditation. It’s a way to mindfully start the day. I want to start this day feeling loving. God’s mercies are new every morning. Deep breath. Long sigh. It is already so.

So let me say, “Namasté, Mr. President.”