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.

I’ve been enjoying all the stories about the 50 year anniversary. Haven’t you? Though a great triumph, there was a great cost to pay to achieve it, even in the lost lives of those brave enough to step forward before it became more safe and known. It is inspiring to hear the stories of those heroes who lived on and stretched the edge of possible. It must have taken great courage.

I still remember a little of 1969, but I don’t remember any of those stories being told then. Yes, I watched the moon landing and have enjoyed watching all the PBS stuff this summer on the space race…….but I was talking about the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall, a story of the courage and cost to make something new possible. Is that what you thought I was talking about?

As our congregational worship theme focuses on Re-Telling the Stories of Scripture this season, it’s also an opportune time to re-tell the story of this nation. That big story of nation is composed of smaller stories and which ones we choose to tell makes all the difference in how we understand the big story.

The cultural system of white (male) supremacy has put white straight men’s stories in the center of our national history, mostly hiding and neglecting the stories of women, people of color, and GLBTQ folk. If we brought the Gospel lens of compassion, justice, liberation, healing, and inclusion to our national storytelling, the lens that came with the radical followers of the Jesus Way like Paul who saw through that lens a Body of Christ beyond ethnic, gender, or status limits (“neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female” – Galatians 3:28), we would tell more than just the story of the three courageous white, straight guys who went up in Apollo 11.

We would tell the inspiring stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the black women who were mathematicians at NASA who helped it to happen. We would tell stories of those who survived the harshest days of GLBTQ repression and who took a pivotal stand 50 years ago this summer when the New York city police raided the gay bar known as the Stonewall Inn.

Do you know the story of Stonewall? For many years, I didn’t.

You’ve probably heard of Senator McCarthy and the Red Scare of the 1950s, but have you heard of the Lavender Scare of the 1950s and the closeted man Bobby Cutler, National Security Advisor, who helped authorize it? Many of us missed hearing these important stories.

Healing our society in the inclusive Spirit of Christ will mean listening to and telling (centering) other stories than just those of white straight men (like me).

StoryCorps from National Public Radio is one of many places to hear these neglected stories.

It’s been fifty years since Stonewall. GLBTQ liberation is not yet full, but it has made progress thanks to many courageous people who sacrificed much, even their lives.

Many of their stories are being told through NPR’s StoryCorps project dedicated to the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall.  If you know someone in the GLBTQ community who was born before the time of Stonewall, you could interview them and preserve their story. And recording anyone else’s story who is in a group whose stories are too often neglected is also a worthy way of re-telling the story of our nation (U.S.).