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.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a “meeting.”

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. 

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.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

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.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

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.

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“The only constant is change.”

And sometimes change and its anticipation comes in more dense periods. We are in one of those periods now. When Pastor Peter announced his coming resignation last Fall, and then completed his ministry in December, it initiated a process whose guiding question is “What’s next?” A smaller question of “Who is next?” might have been the only question asked if the context of change were also smaller. That is, the focus might have been on simply searching for the next settled co-pastor. Yet, what was perceived was an opportunity to discern more widely and deeply amidst currents of change that are wider and deeper than simply personnel. Simply put, this is an opportunity to survey the ‘landscape’ and discern the path to which God is calling us in this emerging moment.

And so we have a Church Futures Task Force bringing together various pieces of the discerning puzzle; Research on the context of church and society, Listening to the voices of our congregation, studying church Staffing patterns and possibilities, looking at church Membership data and trends, and synthesizing it all together with a Steering group that will generate a report. The goal is to have our values and visions meet with our present world and cultural situation to help us discern a sense of the next 5-10 year UCUCC mission. That mission will guide our priorities and personnel.

While we have a ways to go yet in this process, much has already been done.

We hired a Bridge Minister (me, Pastor Todd) to continue the previous clergy structure while we are discerning. The Church Futures Task Force has been meeting regularly as well as each subgroup. Each is reading, collecting data, listening, discussing. We hired Rev. Don Hill as a consultant to strengthen the Church Futures process. He has already visited and begun conversations with the Team. Individual and group conversations with members and friends of the congregation have begun and will continue. Your voice is welcome and needed, and more opportunities for input are coming including a congregational survey. The goal is to have an initial status report completed in October that may then outline remaining steps in the next months.

I cannot emphasize enough the large currents of change afoot in relation to church and society in the 21st century; trends that affect every level of our church and urban community. That does not mean that everything about our church will change, but it does mean that many of the old forms and ways that some of us have known around church must evolve. We can always improve on what we know and do. We can define solutions to these and do them better. And, some change of forms and practices will be required that may be so novel that these changes and what they require are not yet known fully, and will have to be discovered and defined along the way.

Please offer your prayers and blessings to this Church Futures process and to the team members. It is a big task.

The Futures Task Force includes:
Tim Croll, Ellen Naden, Bart Klingler, Joan Davis, Margaret Stine, Mary Jean Phipps, Mary Kollar, Mary Sue Galvin, Carol Bryant, Denis Streeter, Tim Johnson, Becca McMullen, Emily Morishema, co-chairs Kathy Kripps and Pris Kloess, and Catherine Foote, the staff liaison.