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.

May 20, 2020

Update on Jose Robles

José Robles, in sanctuary at Gethsemane Lutheran Church for a year and now detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma since July 17, 2019, is still waiting an expedited decision on his U-Visa.  He had been the primary income earner prior to July, 2018 for his family but now needs help with legal bills and expenses at the NDC.  Everything costs money at the commissary  – text messages, phone calls, toothpaste, soap, and snacks like ramen cups and sodas.  Those “luxuries” are a bare minimum for connection to family and friends and a meager existence in a punitive circumstance.

You can support Jose and his family in several ways:

  • Donate online via Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Link here, specify an amount, then choose “Sanctuary.” Your gift will go directly to help with José’s ongoing costs and supplement his commissary fund. Any amount welcome and appreciated.
  • Send cards with notes of solidarity to José Alberto Robles-Martinez (6160); NW Detention Center; 1623 E J Street, Tacoma, WA 98421-1615. Include your name and return address on the envelope. Do not enclose money, but photos and drawings and newspaper articles are okay. Writing in English is fine – just use your best handwriting so José can read it.
  • Prayer, prayer, prayer – for Jose and his family and all the folks desperately and anxiously hoping for a chance at citizenship.

A special note of thanks – one of our members now tutors Jose’s youngest daughter online!

Ways to help during COVID-19

  • Volunteer with the COVID-19 Hotline of the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network: The Hotline’s role has expanded in recent weeks and now gets hundreds of calls each day from immigrants around the state, with questions about basic resources such as groceries, rent assistance, employment rights, and how to find out if health concerns might be related to Coronavirus. If you are bilingual, apply here to learn more about being a Hotline Responder or a Case Manager. Research volunteers are needed to investigate resources in particular counties or service categories, do data entry, and provide on-call research to support Hotline responders. The first step is filling out this application form.  Another special note of thanks – one of our members now volunteers on the hotline researching Grays Harbor County for the database and reports it a rewarding experience.  Email moc.liamg@21leunameeissac for more info or to connect with this volunteer.
  • Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Individuals in Washington State: The federal government’s relief checks did not go to any undocumented people or even to mixed-status families, despite them working and paying taxes. Thanks to volunteers and in-kind donations from partner organizations like the Washington Dream Coalition and NW Immigrant Rights Project, 100% of donations will go directly to immigrant families in need. To donate, click here.
  • Donate airline miles to help coordinate travel for immigrants and refugees, and for volunteer lawyers to get to the border to do frontline immigration work by clicking here or here.
  • Accompaniment: If you would like to learn how you can be a friendly and supportive ally as an accompaniment volunteer when offices and courts reopen, email moc.liamg@21leunameeissac for more information.  Webinar training has been recorded and is available.  Volunteers will be needed to accompany immigrants and their family members to fingerprinting appointments at the immigration office in Tukwila, bond hearings in Tacoma, and state court hearings where there is a fear of ICE presence in both Western and Eastern Washington.

For more information about local immigration justice issues, join the email list by notifying moc.liamg@21lunameeissac.