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.

puzzle piecesChange itself may be a constant, but the pace of change is rarely constant. UCUCC is in a period of increased pace of change, especially relative to its leadership staff. Pastor Peter Ilgenfritz retired a year ago and Church Administrator David Anderson will retire on Feb. 2.

After Pastor Peter’s retirement, the Church Council authorized a Futures Task Force to consider what might be emerging in UCUCC’s future. Their report was delivered for our Congregational Meeting in November. We will continue to benefit from consulting their report as our future unfolds in the coming months and years. Thank you, FTF members!

One of their recommendations was a change in the way we organize our Leadership Team (Appendix 7 of the report). While this version of the recommendation did receive solid support, the presence of a significant dissenting group of voices has led the Council to ask for a process of revision. A Staffing Proposal Committee (SPC) has been doing just that since early December.  Given feedback from the congregation during our recent futures process and from leadership consultants over the course of 15 years, the goals guiding the re-organization of our Leadership Team are:  increased clarity of responsibilities and efficiency of decisions, increased focus on living out our vision and on equitable and meaningful accountability.

In sum, here’s what we know so far:

  • The Leadership Team will move forward with our three pastors (David’s replacement will not be on that team, but will be supported and supervised by one of the Leadership Team).
  • It is necessary to finalize proposed revisions to Leadership Team structure and process before making decisions about the nature and timing of any search for a new pastor.
  • The Staffing Proposal Committee is actively working on these revisions and hopes to return a
    proposal to the Church Council soon.

We are moving and have covered a significant distance in our transition journey. Since Pastor Peter’s announcement of his departure, we have searched for and hired a Bridge Minister (Pastor Todd), have completed an involved process to compile a comprehensive Futures Report and are poised to propose and implement needed leadership changes in 2020.

Meanwhile, ministry goes on—worship, small groups, justice advocacy, pastoral care, community building, spiritual learning.

The Staffing Proposal Committee roster:
Ellen Naden  (Chair), Pastor Todd Smiedendorf, Beth Bartholomew, Tim Croll, Jan Von Lehe, Mary Sue
Galvin, and Ed Coleman