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.

One of the realities of preaching is that one never gets to say all there is to say about a particular story or biblical text. Sometimes this shows up when someone leaving the sanctuary after a worship service shakes my hand at the door and says, “Nice sermon, preacher, but you didn’t even mention . . . ” followed by an additional point about the topic at hand.

I do enjoy these doorway conversations. They turn a sermon into a dialogue, and demonstrate that the person at least was listening. Unless, of course, their “additional insight” is actually something I said right in the middle of my sermon. Then I do find myself wondering if this particular parishioner nodded off.

Last Sunday our Jubilee Justice Intern (and multi-faceted church leader) Jan Von Lehe and I preached on the story of Noah and the ark. Together we talked about this universal story of climate disaster, this story of warning and of hope. Jan talked about her work at 350 Seattle and with our congregation’s Sacred Earth Matters group. We talked about the urgent need for action right now to address the coming global climate catastrophe. We talked about warning and about hope.

What we never got to was the story of the rainbow. And this June, during Pride Month, with attention to the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, it is good to get to the rainbow. Because climate change, and social justice, and human worth are all connected to our understanding of what matters most. And in the Genesis flood story, they are connected by a rainbow.

In the story of the Flood, the rainbow represents a promise. God promises never again to destroy the world with a flood. As the story goes, after the rain, after the flood, after the almost total destruction of creation, the Creator looks out at what has happened, and realizes what a mistake the flood was. God repents. God looks at what anger and frustration and fear and alienation has wrought and says “I’m sorry.”

Let me say that again. God says, “I got this one wrong.” God apologizes to creation.

Whatever that does to anyone’s view of a benevolent, omniscient, unerring Being in charge of everything, it certainly should humble all who think they know exactly who God loves and who God hates and who God punishes and why. In this Pride month, 50 years after Stonewall, some people still think they know that God has no room in the Kin-dom for GLBTQ+ people. They point to old words from a distant time and say, “See here, it’s clear.” As if those words and our understanding would never change. As if God is not still speaking. Then they say that disease or flood or fire- AIDS, or Katrina, or any of the many devastating wildfires- are God’s punishment. What a misunderstanding of the Sacred, within and beyond creation.

Repentance means literally “Turning around and going a different direction.” Maybe it was after the flood that God decided to turn and go a different path, to be a God of Love rather than a god of wrath. Or maybe it was us humans, imagining God, who decided to imagine God as love, and then tried to follow that love path.

It has taken us millennia to find and loose and find that path again. We get our relationship with the rest of creation wrong and become blinded by greed. We get our relationship with one another wrong and become driven by fear. Just now, even as we have made some progress, any look around reminds us that we are wandering in the wilderness once more.

In the Genesis flood story, creation is given a sign of God’s promise and God’s call to walk a different path. It is the rainbow.

There are a variety of stories about how the rainbow came to be associated with GLBTQ+ Pride. And there are a variety of ways folks today are suggesting the Pride movement itself might be ready to move beyond the rainbow symbol. Nevertheless, as a person of faith and a member of the GLBTQ+ community, I find connection in the rainbow. It reminds me that all of us are growing in our understanding God, and of what it means to be human and to be loved. It means that fear and hate will never have the final say. It means that life will find a way. It means that the common good matters.

The rainbow means Love wins.