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.

Beloved church,

In late summer of 2007, I spent a sleepless night, excited about the possibilities I saw in a job posting for a church in the University District. I emailed my coworker, Meighan Pritchard, and asked her if this was the church she spoke so passionately about, and of which she was so fond. (Spoiler alert: it was.) The call to this ministry and this place was so strong and so clear, despite the fact that the advertised job was a one-year interim position. Rather than wait for the permanent position, I decided to take the risk and apply.

Thirteen years later, I write that I have been called to step away from my work here at University Congregational. The equation of my energy and time as a mother, wife, woman, and music director hasn’t added up for some time. About a year ago, I took a short leave of absence. The call I received in that time was just as clear, but I wasn’t quite ready to listen.

It’s hard to listen when you’ve been blessed with a job as meaningful as mine. I’ve said it’s the best job in the world and it is. I get to work in a place where we’ve shared birth and death, aging and growing. I get to work in a place where I’m a member, not just a staff member. I get to work in a place where I minister–and am ministered to–via meals, camping, Cheetos, conversation, practical jokes, soulful connection.

And music. Oh, how much music we’ve shared over so many years! 676 Sundays, over 600 choir anthems. Melodies that soar and harmonies that crack the heart open.

This weekend, many of us gathered in Ostrander Hall to celebrate and support our youth – leaders in our church who are pointing the way. I was reminded of a song they taught me a few years ago:

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find you in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand

And I will call upon your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
(When oceans rise)
My soul will rest in your embrace
For I am yours and you are mine

After a short period of absence, I am hopeful I will return as a member of the church community as other program staff have done. As David Nichols said to me recently, I trust this is Godspeed and not goodbye.

My final Sunday will be Sunday, June 7, and all will be invited to attend the choir concert at UCUCC 4:00pm that afternoon. There will be opportunities to sing together as a congregation, and in Viriditas, which will be open to any treble voices. Until then, I’ll be working with church leadership to ensure a smooth transition.

I am yours and you are mine.

Heidi