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.

 

Can’t wait for friends and family to open your lovingly selected presents? Well, let me share what I have learned about gift giving: your pleasure must be in finding and giving the gift because if you’re counting on the recipient’s response then the gift is really about you and not them.

Here’s how I learned this: A few years ago my “faux son” graduated from college. Wes and I consider him and his sister our “faux children.” We’ve known them since they were infants, but more important, we’ve traveled to exotic locations with them and their parents and endured jellyfish stings, mosquito bites, sprained ankles, food poisoning, heat exhaustion, lacerations and serious fevers. This creates bonds that shopping at Toy ‘R Us simply can’t provide.

In 2000 we went to Greece when our faux son was eleven. While playing on the beach I found this rock. It looked like an eye! We called it “The Eye Rock” and considered it magical and mystical.

I kept this rock until 2011 at which time I thought, “I know just what I’m going to give Faux Son for his college graduation—the Eye Rock!”

I found a suitably big ring box and lined it with velvet and made a perfect little indentation in which the Eye Rock nestled. But I wasn’t done. I must write a blessing!

I thought about this young man and how smart and kind and sensitive and funny he is. I thought about his hopes and dreams for the future. Overcome with love and affection for him I wept as I wrote:

May the Eye Rock give you Vision to see beyond boundaries and obstacles and see all sides.

May the Eye Rock give you Focus when you need it most.

May the Eye Rock give you Hindsight to learn from your mistakes.

May the Eye Rock give you Foresight to prevent mistakes.

May the Eye Rock enable you to look deeply within yourself.

May the Eye Rock give you Clarity to see what is best for you and those around you.

May the Eye Rock help you see the Divine in every person you meet.

I read this over and over and cried each time. I envisioned him holding the Eye Rock and reading the blessing whenever he was troubled—a bad romance, a work problem, a health issue—and then coming to clarity about it.

I folded the blessing accordion-style so that it fit into the box. I attached a red silk ribbon onto the parchment so that if you gave it a gentle tug, it would majestically unfold in all its wisdom.

His graduation dinner was at a fancy restaurant and his family and friends were all there. I couldn’t stand waiting. I handed him the box and said, “Congratulations, sweetie. Please open it.”

I held my breath. He opened it. “Oh, the eye rock,” he said. “I remember this.”

“Pull on the ribbon.”

He pulled on the ribbon and the blessing unfolded. He took a few moments and read it. “Cool! Thanks, Auntie.” Then he gave me a hug, got another glass of wine and rejoined his friends.

Cool? That’s it? (I was so stunned that later I had to ice the bruises on my feet caused by my jaw dropping so hard.)

So you may be asking, “What did you want?”

I wanted him to choke back tears, hold his hand over his heart and say, “Oh, Auntie, this is best present anyone has ever given me! I’ll always think of you whenever I look at it. I’ll treasure it forever.”

Okay, writing that just now, I’m actually laughing out loud. But this is the High Drama that the ego just loves! It took me a while to remember the tears of pure joy and love I shed while thinking of him and putting his gift together.

My greatest satisfaction was in the making and the giving of his gift. So in this Season of Giving and Great Expectations please find joy in the journey because the response at arrival is uncertain—just ask Joseph and Mary. There were no rooms in the inns of Bethlehem but there a Great Light was born.

May the Eye Rock/Holy Spirit help you to always see the Light in the midst of the Darkness.