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.

It wasn’t until three different people told me that they felt like they were holding their breath as Tuesday’s election drew close that I realized I was holding my breath too. No matter one’s political perspective, the past two years have been rough. Maybe the key issue has been our difficulty in seeing one another’s’ humanity. Beyond the labels of Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Immigrant, Evangelical, Muslim, Refugee, Trans-gender, Mexican- beyond any label there is our common humanity. Any dismissal of that reality, no matter what the cause, diminishes us all.

So when folks from my congregation gathered with folks from the Spirit Workshops community last night, on the evening after the election, we were gathering to affirm a hope deeper than immediate outcomes, or specific results. We were gathering to affirm our own humanity, and the humanity of those we might easily reduce to labels as well. We gathered to affirm a hope that is at the heart of every life-affirming spirituality. In the Christian tradition, we call it the hope of resurrection. But every tradition points beyond the immediate outcome of one’s efforts to a final future where love wins.

I took with me to our gathering last night Kate Davies’ words regarding “intrinsic hope,” and her six habits that foster such a perspective in difficult times. I offer them here as well, and I recommend to you Kate’s book, Intrinsic Hope, Living Courageously in Troubled Times.

The Six Habits of Hope

1. Being present

Increasing our awareness of the present moment and world around us increases hope. This is a good place to suggest something as simple as “breathe.”

2. Expressing Gratitude

November is the “grateful” month. When we recognize the gifts in our life, we become more hopeful.

3. Loving the World

This includes not only all of creation, and specifically in this time, insisting on seeing the humanity of others, even when we disagree with them.

4. Accepting reality

One of my favorite James Baldwin quotes: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Ignoring reality and “hoping” things get better is not the kind of hope we are talking about here. Knowing how things really stand, no matter how grim, has to be the beginning place of genuine hope. Taking action

5. Taking action

Doing something, even something small, moves us in the direction of hope. It frees us from a cycle of cynicism that leads to despair.

6. Persevering

The road to justice is long. The opposition is strong. We will not see immediate results, and some of the results of our faithfulness we will never see. But we must keep going. It is the only path to hope.

Last night, after we talked about those six habits, we sang Holly Near’s words, “I am open and I am willing for to be hopeless would seem so strange. It dishonors those who came before us, so lift me up to the light of change.”

Then we each were invited to choose one of these habits to work on, and to tell someone about it. I invite you to do the same.

The habit I am choosing, by the way, is persevering.