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.

The woman was talking to her children, pre-teens who looked bored and resentful. Big deal—the Sistine Chapel. It’s hot. It’s crowded. “Listen to me!” she said sternly. “All this art is because people couldn’t read. Church windows and paintings tell Bible stories.” She paused for a moment then pronounced, “This art is educational.”

That word—educational—the kiss of death. They pulled out their phones.

If education is the only reason for church art, then why do we need it now? Almost all of us can read scripture for ourselves. I think this mom was only half-right. There is a deeper reason for art in churches: Art invites us to reflect, to feel and to act.

On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is Michaelangelo’s Creation of Adam. There is God and Adam reaching for one another. Is God giving Adam the spark of life? Some say God was giving Adam intellect. So much has been written and said about what is happening there. I don’t think about either of these explanations. I wonder about the space between those two fingers. To me that space is all about our desire to connect, to touch, to bond.

His painting invites us to consider our own lack of connection with God, or with others—even with ourselves. Why doesn’t Adam sit up and reach forward? He’s barely making an effort. What’s his problem?! And yet there is God clearly reaching for Adam. Sometimes it is just like that in all our lives. God and others reach out to us and we either reach back feebly or turn away completely. We don’t connect. Why is that? Art invites us to reflect.

These are not just Christian stories, they are everybody’s stories. Look at the Pieta: Mary is holding her dead, crucified son. That is the specific Christian story and yet how universal. Not only do parents all over the world mourn the death of their children, but sorrow, anguish and grief are in everyone’s story. Art invites us to feel.

Of course we can stand around and argue about the Pieta: Christ’s body is too small. Mary looks too young. Where are the signs of the crucifixion? But then we miss the opportunity to consider our own sorrow or to consider the grief of another. And maybe thinking about the pain of another will prompt us to reach out to someone who is suffering. “Love one another as I loved you.” Art invites us to act.

What about the stained glass window in our chapel entry? What story is it trying to tell us? Is it a biblical story? We could say the mountain is Mt. Horeb or Mt. Sinai. The fish are from the “Fish and Loaves” story or it’s the story of the disciples catching so many fish that their nets broke. The river must be the river Jordan, or maybe the Tigris or the Euphrates! The dove is the Holy Spirit and that’s that!

Or is it?

What if we see that the mountain is Mt. Rainier? And those fish are our own Pacific Northwest salmon swimming up the Duwamish, the Quinalt, the Chehalis or the Stillaguamish. The Holy Spirit is soaring over us and our land. God is right here in everyone and everything everywhere. This window reminds us of that. And it reminds us that we need to see the Divine in one another—especially those of us who are swimming upstream.

One final thought: Art also invites us to enjoy, to sit back and bask in the beauty of it. So may we all find art in every one of our days. And may we all put down our phones.