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 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.

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be . . .”

You might recognize these words as the beginning of Wendell Berry’s poem, “The Peace of Wild Things.” I have to admit that in the last few years, despair for the world has grown in me. When that happens, I start feeling useless and hopeless. I begin to think that nothing that I do matters, and there is, in fact, nothing that can be done.

What I need at the moment of despair is to be re-grounded in my faith, and in the roots of hope that dwell in me deeply. How do I get there?

Wendell Berry points the way when he says,

“I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.”

My path, of course, is a bit different, but it moves in the same direction. It does involve animals. I take a moment to stand in the barn late at night where the sheep have bedded down. I note their steady breathing and the way the lambs, after a full spring day of romping through the pasture together, have found their moms and are curled up snug beside them.

Or I stop in the midst of my early morning routine to watch my border collies race through the pasture, before we have let the sheep out. Giaco, the guardian dog, sits with a regal pose on a little rise he has found, and watches over us all.

Or I take the time on Lamb Day to see the wonder on a child’s face when she holds her first lamb, or he just stands at the fence and watches.

We all need places of renewal. We need to remember we are not on this journey alone. As the naturalist John Muir said, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the bodynand soul.”

My prayer for all who are feeling despair these days is that you too might find ways to reground yourself in hope. For me, I go to the peace of my farm. I invite others there too. As Berry says,

“For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”