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.

[Originally published in Volume 62, Number 19 October 17-24, 2010 Church & Home]

Arriving at University Congregational UCC in October of 2009, I experienced months of talk about this mythical place called Seabeck — a place where everyone was always happy, always had a great time, and everyone, who was anyone, went every year.

I must admit, I was immediately suspicious of the idyllic descriptions of community, talent shows, salmon bakes, playing in the water, gorgeous sunsets, paddle boat rides, and spiritual and educational enrichment for all ages.

My suspicions were that not everyone had a good time at Seabeck, and that maybe I would find the whole experience stressful, particularly if I had to parent a toddler for a week away from home and routine. And, I found plenty of folks who backed up these suspicions with other stories of Seabeck: feeling stuck with a sick kid away from the comforts of home, or of having to cope with overly-tired toddlers at the end of a week of primarily outdoor play.

Armed with these myths and suspicions, I went to Seabeck last summer on faith. Faith that despite the high and low expectations, whatever happened, we would live through it and probably have a good time despite my fears.

It was awesome!

Here are the things no one told me about that made my experience delightful:

  1. Jeff Coleman stayed flexible and understanding in trying to find me just the right cabin where Benjamin would be most likely to sleep through the night and nap during the day.
  2. There are sinks in every room. If you don’t know why this is awesome, you haven’t lived away from home with a toddler.
  3. The prepared meals are served “family style” with food brought to the table not a buffet. Again, you won’t realize how awesome this is unless you’re a parent trying to get an overly tired child through a buffet line.
  4. Staff clears the tables for everyone…so you, as a parent, don’t have to feel guilty about leaving suddenly when your child signals their distinct lack of interest in finishing their meal and being social by pelting someone with a roll. Sorry, Jenny.
  5. There is cell phone coverage across the campgrounds.
  6. There are people who go to bed early and are willing to just call you if your child wakes up…freeing you from the 12 hour sleep schedule your toddler may require. Thanks, Mary Ellen and Nancy.
  7. It’s really okay to skip the afternoon or evening activities, so your child can nap and/or go to bed early. They sounded like a lot of fun. We look forward to doing them someday. In the meantime, the flexibility to give your child a four-hour nap each day was really, really helpful. Everyone was very understanding about our need to take these sacred naps, and go to bed at 7pm.
  8. There really is a childcare program for even the youngest children, so that all parents can participate in the morning educational program.
  9. Lots of folks stayed up later than Mary Ellen and Nancy, so I did have folks to socialize with after 9:30pm…which is more than I usually get at home, as a single parent, so yay.
  10. There is a commitment to meet all financial needs, so that anyone who wants to go can go.