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 here 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.

Last week, as I was reflecting on all the chaos that was unfolding in the first days of the new administration, I came across this piece of advice. It emerged during the South African resistance to apartheid, and it felt like something I could hold on to.

In the midst of great turmoil, just do the next good thing.

Sunday there was a spontaneous march in Seattle on behalf of immigrants here in Seattle. For many in my congregation, that was the next good thing they could do. But I could not join that group. I was flying down to Northern California for a United Church of Christ Pastors’ Retreat. I did take a sign with me to the airport, but I did not march in downtown Seattle. I was stepping away.

Eight of us from churches up and down the West Coast gathered to talk together about how our churches and how our lives are going. I have been meeting with this group for eight years now, every January. Relationships have deepened. Trust has grown. When I come home from this gathering, I always feel renewed.

This year, I was particularly eager for my retreat. In the two months since the election, I have felt an ongoing need to be with people of faith who are feeling the call to stand up for love and justice and compassion. I arrived Sunday night at the Franciscan retreat center above Danville. Being surrounded by images of St. Francis, and looking across at the Mount Diablo fit my mood. It feels right now like I am wrestling with my own internal saints and devils, not to mention what I see all around me.

So eight of us spent our two days together speaking of new strength we have seen in our congregations and ourselves since November. We encouraged each other in our work. We shared our fears and our hopes. We laughed together and prayed for each other. We ended our time by breaking bread, drinking wine, and worshipping together.

While we were away, the chaos in the wider world continued. The executive orders that have been coming from the new president throughout the week, culminating with last Friday’s ban on immigrants and refugees from select predominantly-Muslim countries continued to cause heartbreak and confusion in this country and around the world. Six people were killed and eight wounded at a Quebec City mosque during Sunday night prayers. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting by a white man a “terrorist attack on Muslims”. The governor of my state of Washington announced a lawsuit against the president over his immigration ban. The city of Seattle continued its strong stance as a sanctuary city.

I have returned knowing there is much work ahead.

But even as I rush to the work, I am grateful that January has been a month of retreats for me. Two weeks ago, I was in San Juan Batista, California, leading a retreat for the women of First Congregational UCC of San Jose, the congregation I served twenty years ago. I saw great strength and courage in that community of women as they committed to let their lights shine in the world. Last week I was with the women of my current congregation at Pilgrim Firs, the UCC camp in Port Orchard. Thirty five of us at that camp had our own Women’s March in solidarity with women, men and children all over the world marching for human rights. And earlier this week, I gathered with the pastors.

There will be a lot to do in the weeks, months, and probably years ahead. Staying engaged in the work will be critical. Sometimes we won’t even be sure what to do. In such times we can be on the look out for “the next good thing.”

But we also know we will need times of rest and renewal, space for strategizing, ways of recalibrating our internal compasses to match the touchstones of our faith. For the work ahead, we need deep roots and regular nourishment. Sometimes we “retreat” to move forward.

The biblical word for such times is sabbath. The profound spiritual principles underlying sabbath remind me that I do not do this work alone, and every one of us needs good rest as well as good work. We are bound together, and lean into one another, even as we proclaim ourselves also bound to a wider world. When I need a break, you step forward to keep watch. When you grow weary, I take up the torch. The saying I learned from my Kenyan friend Loyce is,

When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together.

We have a long way to go. May we find the balance between action and rest, between deepening renewal and “all forward” energy. And then let’s go far, together.