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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It looks like a secret code but it is not. It was late. I was tired. That is how I typed my name while filling out an online form. This is what happens when you don’t have your fingers on the home keys. My last name is in all caps because my little finger landed on the CAPS LOCK instead of SHIFT. Then I thought I pushed the DELETE key but because I still had my fingers on the wrong keys, Siri came on and asked, “What can I help you with?”

Ack. Siri! I was too tired to even yell at her. Everything was off. But this is what happens when you are not starting out in the right place, when you’re ungrounded and off center.

This doesn’t happen only on the key board, it happens in real life too.

Long ago I decided that I needed some “home keys” for my spiritual life, some passage to help me start my day, make decisions, change my attitude, center me.

Psalm 23 was the first Bible passage I ever memorized. I was in first grade and had no idea what it meant. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters..”

“Green pastures?” That meant our front lawn on which my mom did not like us to play. “Still waters.” Blow up wading pool? Even when I got a bit older I found Psalm 23 nice but unrelatable. I certainly didn’t like the sound of, “rod and staff.” That sounded too much like tools for spanking.  And if my head is being anointed with oil I’d like to take care of my split ends in the privacy of my bathroom and not in the presence of mine enemies.

But there were so many other choices: the Love Chapter in Corinthians, the Beatitudes, the Ten Commandments.

I decided on John 12:34-35:  “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” My sister read this at our wedding.

Why did I choose this? Precisely because it is a bit ambiguous, nebulous, open to interpretation. I am supposed to love everyone as Jesus loves me? It forces me to ask, “How does Jesus love me?”

This is a priceless question because even if I’m cranky or tired or discouraged it sets me off on the road to gratitude.  How does Jesus love me? Well, my friend, how much time do you have?

Then I have to ask myself, “What does that look like to love others as Jesus loves me?”

I don’t know about you, but with me, Jesus isn’t all fuzzy blankets, hearts and flowers. Sometimes his love feels fierce and sharp, but it’s love all the same. That means sometimes when loving you I have to speak a piercing truth. This takes a lot of contemplation and deliberation; a lot of listening prayer. Because of that you can see how loving you is so good for me.

I asked some other followers of Jesus what verses they would choose.

My friend and fellow Camino pilgrim Phil Volker said, “Be not afraid.” Phil was Marine and is currently dancing with Stage IV cancer so it makes sense to me that this was his choice. I think it is a very popular choice since “be not afraid” appears 47 times in the Hebrew Scriptures and 21 times in the Christian scriptures. God says it, Jesus says it. Prophets, kings and angels say it.

Right now it feels as if there are so many things to worry about: the COVID pandemic, the state of the world, the state of our nation, worldwide race relations. Having just written all that maybe, “Be not afraid,” is now my backup verse.   

My favorite “be not afraid” verse is John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”  I love that he acknowledges it is our hearts that are troubled.

And so this brings me to the verse my sister (also a follower of Jesus) chose. “Treat every human heart as if it were breaking.” What a great verse! Where is that? It turns out that it’s not actually a Bible verse. She explained, “I saw it in high school on a Unity calendar at my friend Barbara Jarrett’s house.”

Well, there you go.

I consulted Rev. Google about this and could not find the author. I can only think that whoever wrote that was a follower of Jesus.

Especially in times like these we have to make sure we’re on the home keys, that we’re grounded and centered. Then we can love one another as Jesus has loved us, we can be without fear and then truly, we will treat every human heart as if it were breaking.