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.

We sat in a circle, about 10 of us.  Even though a number of years had passed since a difficult period of conflict and separation from a former pastor, some congregation members were still feeling the residue of trauma, feelings of fear and anxiety.  I had arrived as minister a few years later and it had become clear that the past was still in the way of our future.  So we had brought in a pastoral care consultant and created a space for sharing and listening.  As we went around the room and heard the old stories of deep conflict and hurt involving their former pastor, a story of injury kept coming through.  After listening compassionately to everybody’s story, our consultant, Ben, said, “I hear the stories of the hurt and I wonder if there isn’t another story as well. I also hear a story of resilience. Even after going through all of that, you are still here, still together, still church.”

That’s when I sensed that we had begun to turn a corner: the story of injury, which tended to generate a lack of trust and more fear and anxiety and to define the injured members as passive victims, no longer held center stage alone.  Another story, one of resilience, was spoken and heard. The new story encouraged a kind of confidence and redefined those who had experienced hurt as active resourced people, each and together able to meet whatever was to come. Once a more re-sourced story was also acknowledged as true, the church’s healing gained momentum.  We were on our way to laying the burden down, to leaving its power in the past so we could move on with more freedom and lightness. Building on the power of compassionate listening, our seeing another story, a new frame of meaning, made the difference.

The choice of story matters for each story defines who we are (characters) and what is possible (plot).  And, as my personal and professional experience (like the one just shared) attests, there is a choice because there are a number of ‘true’ stories that can be told and focused on in a given situation, even when the facts are known and clearly defined.  There is something here about the stories we see or don’t see.

Look at this image to the right.

It’s an image of an old woman, right? She has her chin down a bit, tucked between two furry coated shoulders, and has a large nose and prominent chin. See her? No? Well, maybe you see a young woman looking away from the viewer, with her left ear, neck, and back of her left jaw line visible.  Indeed, this familiar illustration is both old woman and young woman. It depends on what your brain does with the visual input.  And what your brain does with the input is about interpretation that is affected by experience, expectation, mood, habit, etc. It is an active, even if often instantaneous, form of storytelling, a story we tell ourselves about what we see or don’t see, about what is true or not true.

This act of interpretation or storytelling might even be seen as an active verb form of faith, faith-ing, faith as the creative act of interpretation, imagination, and storytelling.  In her book Centering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person, potter M. C. Richards notes, “We are not always able to feel the love we would like to feel.  But we may behave imaginatively: envisioning and eventually creating what is not yet present.  This is what I call Moral Imagination.”  Richards is not using moral in the sense of rules and judgment, but in the sense of actively choosing and creating what serves Life.  Theologian Gregory Baum suggests that “faith resides in the imagination.”

What stories do you see and not see? What stories do you focus on and tell? How is your ‘faith as imagination’? Does it help you see stories that heal, give hope, and empower? Will we re-tell our personal and Biblical stories of what is and what is possible with a compassionate and liberating faith-full imagination?