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 inquirers@universityucc.org 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.

An essay by Betsy George

Are you curious about the Women’s Retreat?

We, women from ages 20-80+, gather every January at the Pilgrim Firs Retreat Center. I remember my first Women’s Retreat back in 2003. My son was 3 and I was newly pregnant with my second child. I had wondered what it would be like to get away with just women in a beautiful setting: to not be a mom for a few days or a wife, or a professional, but just me.

Over the years, I have come to treasure my time away with the women of this church.

I have attended almost every year since that first one and begin with the Silent Retreat portion. How I relish these 26 hours! We formally begin together in a circle with some music, sometimes listening to gorgeous cello being played while we come in and light our candles. We name what we want to put down for the weekend. I have named worry, distraction, self-doubt for example. We then label what we want to pick up – grace, rest, connection … then one by one we blow out our candle and go — to do whatever we need.

I am overjoyed to walk back to my cabin and read, nap, write. Then, we have a peaceful dinner where no small talk is needed. A friend of mine remarked that it sounded like the introvert’s paradise! It is, but I love that I am not alone. There is always a warm smile from others and the whole experience is so intentional. The next morning, after the leisurely quiet breakfast, I go for a long walk around the lake looking up at the tall trees, listening to the wind, feeling peaceful. It is a unique feeling of the mind having time to wander and rest, a respite from our overly distracted world.

Then the regular portion of the retreat nourishes me in a different way. I get to connect with women on a deeper level in small groups and one on one. What are we struggling with? What inspires us? The kinds of questions we don’t get to ask and answer often enough in our busy lives. We practice telling our stories, finding our voices. And the 8 meals that I don’t have to think about or prepare – that alone is a gift. And there is always chocolate.

There was the year we broke dishes and made mosaics. The round piece I made is still in my garden, the moss seeping through the colorful tile pieces. I remember the years we wrote poems, blessings and psalms and I was inspired by the beautiful words people shared. I have spent all day making a basket that I use for muffins at home.  One year we did an exercise where we were listened to by another for 8 minutes and did the same for them. Another year, I waltzed with a woman in her 80’s who gently led me around. Last year we marched on the road having our own women’s march. On Saturday night, we play games and laugh.

On Sunday, the services led by Catherine and others in the smaller room in the lodge overlooking the lake, often while rain is gently falling, have contained profound moments of being grateful and comforted by this community of women, many who are role models for me in how to age with reflection, boldness, openness, and grace. We give each other communion, one of the most special ways I have ever received or given that blessing. In fact, it can feel like we are giving and receiving communion the whole weekend in many small ways.

What I realize about this time is that some years I come feeling full and the retreat empties me of what I don’t need to be carrying around. Other years I come feeling more empty and in need of something – rest, slowness, a prayer and I leave feeling full. Either way I drive back over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge feeling grateful that I belong to a church community where a weekend like this is possible. Please consider joining us if you have never gone before. We’d love to see you there!

2019 Women’s Retreat: Stories Matter

January 24 – 27, 2019
Led by Beth Amsbary & Tamara Roberts
Registration form >> here