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.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a “meeting.”

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. 

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.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

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.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

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.

A World Together

In our church covenant, we pray “to reject the false gods of society.” Perhaps since the Enlightenment, the consequent modern culture shift in the West has tragically polarized toward excessive individualism, thereby neglecting community consciousness and the common good.  While recognizing the individual leads to consciousness of human rights, excess individualism, cited as one aspect of white supremacy, is a false god that blinds us to the communal and cultural nature of life and blunts attention to systemic injustice and injury. Much of our Scriptural tradition shows God’s communal relationship with the people and points to communal salvation as justice and peace for all the people and all Creation. The Trinity itself is known as a “circle dance” (perichoresis) in Eastern Orthodoxy, an inherently communal Divine dynamic. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, referring to ubuntu (a Nguni Bantu expression of southern Africa), and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, naming “an inescapable network of mutuality,” both point to this neglected truth of interbeing.

Summer 2 Spiritual Practice: Noticing networks of mutuality (interbeing)

Desmond Tutu says:

“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are.”

Practice suggestion: Make videos or write a short essay or story on …

  • all the people who make possible the presence of something in your home, neighborhood, or city, and your part in that network
  • all the elements and the journey necessary to create a natural feature near you like a body of water, a plant, or an animal, and your part or effect in that network
  • tracing your human lineage of birth and/or adoption
  • tracing humanity’s lineage from where you are all the way back to our origins in Africa
  • the way that certain plants and animals have evolved cooperatively together
  • viewing the way that others worship in another part of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Oriental Orthodox), another part of Protestantism or the UCC, or in another tradition (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Indigenous Nations, etc.)

August 2, 2020
A World Together: Beyond Borders
Scripture: Galatians 3:25 – 28
Preacher: Todd Smiedendorf

August 9, 2020
A World Together: Blessing All
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3
Preacher: Catherine Foote

August 16, 2020
A World Together: All Turning
Scripture: Lamentations 3:40-41
Preacher: Amy Roon

August 23, 2020
A World Together: Learning for All
Scripture: Matthew 15:21-28
Preacher: Todd Smiedendorf

August 30, 2020
A World Together: Loving All
Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48
Preacher: Catherine Foote