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.

Summer Worship Series: I love to retell the story

This summer, our worship series centers on retelling Bible stories, with a particular focus on hospitality. Each sermon is based on scripture as we tell it aloud, or in the Illustrated Children’s Bibles found in the pews. The text is adapted to tell what we think the story means, with less concern for precise text translations.

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September 1
I love to retell the story: the wedding feast

preaching: Amy Roon
scripture: Matthew 22, Luke 14

September 8
I love to retell the story: on the road to Emmaus

preaching: Todd Smiedendorf
scripture: Luke 24, John 20

September 15, Homecoming Sunday
I love to retell the story: Jesus is found in the temple

preaching: Catherine Foote
scripture: Luke 2

Autumn Worship Series — Brave! Stories of Courage and Wonder

This fall our worship series will be centered on what it means and takes for us to have a faith that helps us to be brave and believe in wonder. We will be reading and hearing stories of bravery and courage that take many forms. Sometimes it is the courage to meet bodily danger, sometimes it is the courage to give even when all we can see before us is scarcity. Our hope is that hearing these stories and engaging in worship together will help you feel more courage and wonder in your life.

We are facing so much change and threats to our values, we need tools to meet the natural anxiety of the times we’re living in and the particular transitional time our congregation is in; remembering delight and wonder while cultivating resilience. We need experiences of joy and hope to feed our souls and reassure us while strengthening and fostering courage and the strength to resist evil and stubbornly persist in the Way of Love. We need to be able to look out at the world and recognize the Ways of Jesus taking root and flower all around us; perhaps in people and places we have never been taught to look.

Our Worship Series work is in the midst of moving from something people come to UCUCC to experience to being an experience that inspires and invites activity beyond our walls and beyond Sunday morning.

Brave! Stories of courage & wonder

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September 22
Brave! Stories of Courage & Wonder: facing fire

preaching: Amy Roon
scripture: Daniel 3

September 29
Brave! Stories of Courage & Wonder: facing Goliath

preaching: Todd Smiedendorf
scripture: 1 Samuel 17

Spiritual Practice:

We have inherited a deeply incarnated story and theology. That means all of our thinking and images of the Divine must be birthed and lived in an embodied expression; an action, a practice, a habit. This fall you are invited to band together in an In-Courage Faith small group for six weeks, October through mid-November to further our embodiment of courage. Supported by the book Courageous Faith: How to Rise and Resist in a Time of Fear by UCC pastor Emily Heath, In-Courage groups are intended to build a faithful courage that uplifts our church and its members into attitudes and actions that bring healing and justice in our lives and the life of our community. Each In-Courage group member will be invited to identify their own internal step of growth and a correlate external action to accomplish with the support of your group.