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 UCUCC Racial Justice Action team wants to share three important resources with the congregation this week. The first is a sermon by the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss III entitled The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery. It is a beautiful and moving cry of the heart. The best introduction to this is the one below by Jim Wallis, written for Sojourners;
“This is the one. This is the sermon I would like you all to listen to this week. Many of you are hearing wonderful sermons and services virtually in your homes. Last Sunday, my family added a sermon called “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery” from Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago to our stay at home church. When your teenage and young adult boys tell you a sermon clarified and excited their faith more than anything else they have seen and heard — well, it’s a conversation that parents love to have with their children who want to keep the faith but apply it to the times they are in. This is a combination of preaching and filmmaking, as you would expect from Otis Moss III. For me, Otis’s sermon may be the best one I have ever heard about America’s Original Sin — how we might repent of it and be healed from it. Listen, watch, weep, hope, and be renewed.”

The second resource the Racial Justice Action Team wants to share is in a very recent, thoughtful and thought-provoking commentary by Trevor Noah from his May 29 Daily Show. It presents important and profound connections from Amy Cooper in Central Park to George Floyd to the looting in Minneapolis in a way that we had not seen articulated before and that is worth doing some thinking about. A lot of thinking.

Now, take action!

Following up on those calls to feel and to think, we have a call to act: the practice of voter suppression directed at minorities is a pervasive form of institutional racism. Taking action on this issue is a moral imperative. While stories of police actions across the country continue to fill us with horrified, necessary rage, there is a quiet, on-going violence that should possibly horrify us even more: a systematic and determined effort to deprive people of minority races, especially African-Americans, of their votes. For this there are many actions we can take, even from the seclusion of our sheltering in place.

Many of you are familiar with UCUCC member David Domke from his lecture series and his appearance as Seabeck speaker.
He has organized a nonprofit advocacy organization called Common Purpose Now. The focus of the work is to increase political participation. On their website, you will find a very clear statement of why this is a racial justice issue. If you then click on the “Advocacy” link above the message you will get to a page that lays out a collection of easy and important actions you can take. Each step that any of us can take is tiny, but they add up to an impact that isn’t tiny at all.