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.

 

A couple months ago I had surgery. I was healing well but had pain where I didn’t think I should be having pain. I did not understand this and it disturbed me mightily

Because I have a freakish love of anatomy and physiology, I still have my college anatomy textbook. So when it was time for my follow-up appointment I carefully made a copy of “MUSCLES OF THE CHEST.”

As soon as my surgeon walked in I pulled out my diagram. “My incision is here,” I said pointing to the diagram. “So why am I feeling pain here?”

She whipped out her pen and started drawing. “I went through that incision, reached up and pulled down your pectoral muscles. Then I reattached them to your rib. Twice.”

My rib? That was exactly where I was having the pain. Hallelujah! I wasn’t a crazy hypochondriac. Now that I understood it somehow made the pain easier to bear. It definitely didn’t relieve the pain, but I felt relieved to know.

Later that day I thought about how it is exactly the same way when we have emotional pain and don’t understand why we feel the way we do. I’m not talking about clinical depression. I’m talking about when we’re bugged or sad or mad or weirdly depressed and can’t put our finger on why. The emotion itself is disturbing enough without knowing exactly why we feel that way. So we go around bothered and worried perhaps even grousing to others that we’re “just feeling down,” or “cranky.”

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given is, “You’re never upset for the reason you think.” But what if we don’t know the real reason—or don’t want to know? We’d rather just cover over the pain in our favorite way: over eating, drinking, exercising, Instagramming, Facebooking—whatever.

We don’t want to take the time to find out, to ask and listen. But we are promised an answer!

Jeremiah 33:3 (NRSV)

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

 

Psalm 34:18 (The Message)

If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;

if you’re kicked in the gut, God will help you catch your breath.

So what if we do understand the real reason for our disquiet? What happens then? Just as with physical pain, knowing the real reason behind our emotional pain doesn’t immediately take it away. But it does make it easier to bear. Often it is simply an ego issue in which case we can pat our slobbering ego on the head and gently tell it to go lie down. In some cases we discover we can take action: offer or ask for an apology, forgiveness or explanation.

Oh, but this seems like so much work. Is it really worth the bother? And what if we stir up even more pain? Well, here is the promise:

Isaiah 66:9 New Century Version (NCV)

9 In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,” says the Lord.

I like the sound of that. No pain without some gain. But sometimes we don’t understand right away—it can take years. And why is it that often we come upon the same issue over and over? I believe that is because there is still something for us to discover—some gain left to be had. To be sure: birthing something new takes effort. Transformation isn’t magic. It’s work and it’s faith and it’s grace—and it’s real.

May the New Year bring us all great gain from our pain.