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 here 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.

Resources for our Church Community

Want to submit an article to Church and Home? Learn more about church history? Get reimbursed for an item you bought for your committee? You will find the answers to these questions and more in the drop-down sections below.

And don’t forget to explore the “MyUCUCC” section. This gives you access to the church directory on-line (and on your phone). You can see your giving record, correct your address, and even upload a photograph of you and your family. Sign up below.

What is MyUCUCC?

What is MyUCUCC?

MyUCUCC is a convenient way to connect to important church information. It provides community members 24/7 access to their personal information.

MyUCUCC is a database that integrates with our church records; because this is proprietary information it requires that you login. Everyone who is an active member of the University Congregational UCC Community is eligible to create a login and have on-line access to information.

What kinds of things can I use MyUCUCC for?

MyUCUCC allow you to access or church information an perform a variety of functions:

  • Look up contact information for people who are currently listed in our printed church directory.
  • View only the calendar groups you want to see. (e.g. Church-wide events, Youth events, Children’s Ministry events).
  • Give online from your checking account, debit card, or credit card.
  • View your giving history and print your own contribution statements.
  • Update your profile with a new address, phone number, email or even your family or individual photo.

You can opt out of the online directory and choose to have your phone number and/or email address unlisted online. Your information will be included unless you tell us not to. Please email the office if you want to opt out. Your personal information is held secure by ACS Technologies and an added layer of encryption security applies to all financial transactions.

We will continue to integrate the website with the church database. Some future benefits will include the ability to register for events and submit requests for rooms and equipment.

How do I login?

  1. Click on the “MyUCUCC” link in the footer.
  2. A new screen that takes you to a secure website with a “Sign In” box will appear.
  3. Below the Sign In box click on “Need a Login? Click Here.”
  4. Enter the email you have on file with the church and your first and last name.
  5. Click on the “Find Me” button. (If the system was unable to locate your record, we may have some incomplete information or inaccuracy in our records. Please fill out our Form and try logging in again after a couple days.)
  6. A verification email will be sent to you within a day or so.
  7. Click the link in the email to finish your account setup.
  8. When the link opens a new window in your web browser, simply create a password following the onscreen instructions.
  9. Click on the “Sign In” button.
  10. You have now gained access to MyUCUCC. Be sure to write down your login email and password for future access.

Questions about MyUCUCC? Call 206-524-2322 or email the office.

Submit an article for the Sunday Bulletin and/or the Weekly Update

The Sunday Bulletin

The purpose of the announcements section of the Sunday Bulletin is to inform worshipers of church events in the coming two weeks. It’s the place for special announcements on immediate concerns.

The deadline is noon Tuesday for the following Sunday. The best way to submit Bulletin copy is to email it to bulletin@universityucc.org. Or you can drop it off in the office.
Maximum length: two to three lines; longer items should go into Church and Home.
Be sure your name and phone number are on the copy for questions and/or verification.

Announcements submitted for the Sunday Bulletin will also appear in the Weekly Email.

Guidelines

  • Should cover activities of the congregation in the coming two weeks.
  • Items occurring further into the future should be included in Church and Home rather than the bulletin.
  • Invite people to look at Narthex tables, web site or other communication vehicles, but do not include long or political announcements in the bulletin.
  • Consider making appropriate references to the last issue of Church and Home as a place for more and wider info about the church. Links to relevant articles or pages on the church website are also appropriate.
  • Submissions may be edited for space or content at the discretion of the editing staff, However, please don’t assume that the editor will review your submission for typos or other errors.
  • Each announcement should be limited to a 2-3 sentence maximum.
  • Program-related surveys or signups can be noted in the bulletin as announcements, with information available at a Narthex table or handed out.

 

Submit an article to Church and Home

Submitting Articles to Church and Home

Church and Home, published monthly, is provided in both digital and print format. It is the primary vehicle for information about UCUCC and its activities; an instrument of, by and for the congregation.

Basic Instructions

  • The deadline for submissions is noon, the 15th of the month, for the issue dated the following month (e.g. the deadline for the June issue is May 15).
  • Email your article to churchandhome@universityucc.org.
  • Be sure your name and phone number are included in the email for questions/verifications.
  • Please be concise! Items may be edited due to space considerations.

Guidelines

Articles

  • Articles from boards about their activities are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Articles from boards inviting members to consider a stance or action:
    • Identify the church board that submitted the article and invites the stance.
    •  Invite an action/position rather than demanding or requiring it.
    • Do not claim to speak for the church, but rather to its members.
    • Do not call into question the Christian conviction of those with differing perspectives (ex: “we, as Christians…”) “I” statements are more appropriate.

Announcements

  • Inform readers of programs and priorities of UCUCC
  • Invite readers to consider a position, not demand a position or action.
  • Invite readers to get further information.
  • Fundraisers may be announced if the agency is sponsored by a board, otherwise generally not.
  • Announcements for fundraisers for non-UCUCC affiliated agencies will generally not be included. Occasional exceptions are made for UCUCC affiliated agencies.
  •  Political announcements will not be included unless the Church Council or congregation has taken action to support the particular political perspective.
  • No candidate endorsements
  • Announcements of a general church nature take precedence over wider-community announcements.

Sharing the Journey column

The focus of a “Sharing the Journey” column is the writer’s faith journey: how that faith has been challenged or strengthened by life or circumstances or events. This is meant to tie in with the covenant affirmed when new members join “to walk together…” The focus is on spiritual growth:

  • 350 words max.; longer items may be edited at discretion of editor or Church Administrator
  • The writer will be notified if editing is necessary
  • “Sharing the Journey” is not a soapbox for political or other perspectives, but a sharing of faith.

 

Archives: Sunday Sermon Podcasts and Transcripts, Church and Home newsletter

Archives—Podcasts, Sermon Transcripts, Church and Home

Podcasts

Every Sunday, the scripture reading and the sermon are recorded. After the service, this recording is uploaded to the website as a podcast. The most recent sermon podcast is available directly from the homepage. Recent sermons (up to six month’s worth) are available here. For podcasts of older sermons, click on the Soundcloud link.

Transcripts

Transcripts of sermons are available here. Our volunteer transcriber creates her work queue based on requests. Sermons are maintained on this site for about a year. To access transcripts for older sermons please email the office, or call 206-524-2322.

Church and Home

Transcripts of back issues of Church and Home are available here. Back issues are maintained on this site for about a year. To access older issues please email the office, or call 206-524-2322.

Church Governance - How our ministries are organized

Church Governance – organized to support our ministries

Our goal is to live out our call in the world as Christians, while maintaining a lean organizational structure and supporting the spirited work of our congregation. Here is a visual representation of our organizational structure: Church Structure Diagram 

Click here for a pdf of the 2017-2018 lay ministry leaders in our various ministries.

Our work is organized into five ministries –

Love and Justice

This ministry includes nonprofit organizations that we participate in (including University Congregational Housing Association and Child Learning and Care Center) plus Superfluity, Sacred Earth Matters and approximately 20 additional Love and Justice Action Teams. These Action teams cover areas as diverse as action to address homelessness, gun violence prevention and hunger issues.

Worship and Music

All of the elements that go into building and preparing for our worship services are the responsibility of this ministry. A Worship and Music committee attends to the service itself. Action teams  take responsibility for ushering, serving communion, recruiting liturgists and preparing the worship space. Many people participate in the Chancel Choir, the Children’s Choir and several music groups. The Creativity Council integrates the arts into worship to enrich this experience for everyone.

Christian Education and Spiritual Growth Ministry

This ministry covers all of the ways that we seek to support each other in the growth of our minds and spirits. It encompasses the Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, the Lecture Series, Seabeck All-Church Camp and the Scheyer Library.

Calling and Engagement Ministry

A collection of committees within this ministry help to welcome newcomers and help people both identify and live into their call. This ministry also helps us, as a community, live out our covenant to “Care for and pray for each other in trials of the spirit and in times of joy.” Committees within this ministry include New Members, Communications and PR, Engagement, Parish Car, Fellowship, BeFrienders and the Dale Turner Legacy committee.

Stewardship and Finance Ministry

This is the ministry that keeps the building operating, the bills paid and the lights on. It includes the following: Personnel, Facilities and Equipment, Stewardship and Finance, Budget, Pledge, Investment and Audit Committees.

The Role of the Church Council

The Church Council provides oversight for the work of these five ministries. It is made up of the Church Officers, the Leadership Team and one representative from each ministry. For a list of current Church Council members, along with their email addresses, please see the Leadership section.

The Leadership Staff Parish Relations Committee nurtures our relationships

The Leadership Staff Parish Relations Committee (LPRC) was created to help maintain open healthy relationships between leadership staff and the congregation by listening to and addressing concerns of both congregation and leadership staff in a timely confidential manner. A Leadership Covenant exists between the congregation and the leadership staff to define expectations between and among us.  Members of LPRC include leadership staff and the following:
Jerry Landeen Email Jerry
Kay Sneed Email Kay
Bob Perkins Email Bob
Mary Kollar  mary@ajkollar.com
Bill Bailey baileycw8@gmail.com

Leadership Parish Relations Committee FAQ

Leadership Handbook - How to get things done

 UCUCC Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook, available in PDF Format, provides valuable information for lay people in positions of leadership in our church. It provides comprehensive instructions on how to accomplish many tasks that may be asked of lay leaders, including:

  • Available office resources
  • Devotional and check-in resources
  • Event planning
  • “Safer Church” policies and guidelines (how to maintain a safe, healthy environment for children and youth)
  • Money Matters – handling money from sales and reservations, financial reports, check requests, fundraising
  • Greening Guidelines – how to use our facility in ways that decrease our carbon footprint
  • Publicity Guidelines – Bulletin announcements, website, posters, Church and Home, the Red Wall, the Church logo
  • An event planning worksheet.
Our Church History

History of University Congregational United Church of Christ

On March 8, 1891, eight people met to found the First Congregational Church of Brooklyn. located at 4125 Brooklyn Avenue. It was a “mission church,” founded by Plymouth Congregational Church in Downtown Seattle.

In 2016, we celebrated our 125th Anniversary. The intervening years encompass a rich history of an every-changing congregation united by their dedication to Christian values and social activism.

A Short Church History, available as a seven-page PDF, provides details of the church’s rich history.

Centennial Booklet was produced by a team of volunteers in celebration of the 100th anniversary in 1991. It is available as a 91-page PDF document.

 

 

Our Facility - Weddings, Concerts, Receptions, Parking, Accessibility

Our Facility – Weddings, concerts and other events

Located in the heart of Seattle’s University District, our church facility serves both as our church home and as a tool for mission and outreach. The building includes a large sanctuary, a chapel and several social halls. For information on getting married in the church or renting any of the spaces described below, please email or call the office at 206-524-2322.

The Sanctuary

The sanctuary will seat 450 people on the main floor, plus 150 in the balcony. The center aisle is 90 feet long, with 18 rows of pews and a flexible area for disability seating. Generally, a gathering of approximately 250 guests will fill the front half of the sanctuary.

There is a pipe organ and a grand piano. Recent renovations have enhanced the hall’s acoustics and added a flexible modern sound system with multiple inputs, making it an excellent venue for concerts.

Harrington Memorial Chapel

The chapel will seat 75 – 80 people. The aisle is 35 feet long with eight rows of chairs that can provide flexible seating. The communion table is six feet wide. The chapel has a small pipe organ.

Weddings

We support marriage equality for all couples, regardless of gender- or sexual-orientation. In addition to the spaces described above, there are appropriate reception areas available as well. We also offer the services of a wedding coordinator.

Parking and accessibility

Information about parking, evening access and building accessibility is available here.

Emergency Procedures Manual

UCUCC Emergency Procedures Manual

The Emergency Procedures Manual is focused on addressing emergencies that may occur on Sunday mornings, such as medical emergencies, fires, or earthquakes. It seeks to ensure the personal safety of people in the building on Sunday mornings, from the time that the building is opened until the last person leaves, typically in the early afternoon.

Appendix A is a summary of the procedures. Appendix B has guidelines for events held at UCUCC by outside event organizers, such as concerts.

Links to other organizations

Useful links

University Congregational UCC is affiliated with the broader United Church of Christ denomination, which is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

We are also part of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ.

To expand our capacity to meet our social action mission, we maintain memberships in both the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Faith Action Network.

 

Accessibility at UCUCC

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 at the north end of the building is wheelchair accessible, as are the rest rooms. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.