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.

I had forgotten how anxious Giaco gets this time of year. Then last night I came home to find my big, brave guardian dog huddled under the porch, whining. In the background was the booming sound of fireworks, set off by folks who just could not wait until July 4th.

My other three dogs don’t like the way the 4th is celebrated either. Last night they were all eager to get in their crates and away from the noise. But Giaco is the one who seems to take this the hardest. He squeezes himself under the porch, shaking. He won’t even come out to eat. He just wants it to be over. You dog people know what I’m talking about. What seems like celebration to some can make others tremble.

This year especially we are recognizing the reality of what true patriotism is about. What one person sees as a “salute to America” parade, others name as an offensive militaristic display and misuse of funds. Yes, count me in the “offended” side of that conversation.

In the meantime, children remain held in concentration camps at our southern border. Those who carry out this racist policy claim there aren’t enough funds for other options. Yet funds can be found for a military parade. As one of my friends put it: “I guess we don’t have to wonder whose freedom we’re supposed to be celebrating.”

I find myself thinking of those children and those families, as from their place of inhumane detention, they hear the sounds of the United States celebrating independence and know in their very bodies how hollow that celebration really is.

So on this patriotic day, I want to call us all back to what it really means to love one’s country.

When President Barack Obama spoke at Senator John McCain’s memorial service, it was at McCain’s invitation. Although they held very different political perspectives, they deeply respected each other’s patriotism. McCain was famous for pushing back on supporters who asserted that Obama was not “American.”

At McCain’s memorial, Obama said this: “John understood that our security and our influence was won not just by our military might, not just by our wealth, not just by our ability to bend others to our will, but from our capacity to inspire others with our adherence to a set of universal values. Like rule of law and human rights and insistence on the god-given dignity of every human being.”

I would add that true patriotism is measured by our willingness to name those places we have fallen short of our aspirations and work toward reparation.

We have a long way to go. But today let us measure our patriotism by our willingness keep working to secure the god-given freedom and dignity of every human being. And tomorrow let’s get back to work on that.