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 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.

God Surprises

An Advent Series that reminds us that there was nothing to be excited about for poor Jews when Jesus was born. There was no evidence that a movement that would change the world was happening. There was imperialism. There were dangers, prejudice and persecution for the Holy Family and for every family at every turn. There were shepherds on the hillsides because of the expectation of danger and death. That Joseph would marry Mary and give her the protection of his name and family was a complete surprise. That we would mark this time as the time a savior was born would be a complete surprise.

And so our practice this Advent is to allow ourselves to be surprised by heaven. To notice joy unexpected in our midst. Perhaps even to learn to expect it and realize that to carry hope within us is to deeply expect joy in the most unexpected places and times.

Spiritual Practice: Surprise someone with joy. Make someone smile or laugh.
Be a part of our Advent events this month. Flier available >> here

December 2, 2018 — 1st Sunday of Advent

God Surprises: Preparing for the Unexpected Way
preaching: Catherine Foote
scripture: Luke 3:1-6

December 9, 2018 — 2nd Sunday of Advent, Offering of Gifts

God Surprises: And You, My Child, a Prophet
preaching: Peter Ilgenfritz
scripture: Luke 1:67-79

December 16, 2018 — 3rd Sunday of Advent

God Surprises: Filling the Hungry with Good Things
preaching: Amy Roon
scripture: Luke 1:46-55

Friday, December 21, 2018 — Longest Night Service

7:00 in the Harrington Chapel

December 23, 2018 — 4th Sunday of Advent

God Surprises: Expecting a Child
preaching: Peter Ilgenfritz
scripture: Luke 2:1-7

Monday, December 24, 2018 — Christmas Eve Services

  • 5:00 Everyone’s Pageant
  • 8:00 Service of Carols
  • 11:00 Candlelight service

December 30, 2018 — 1st Sunday after Christmas

God Surprises: Doing What’s Expected
preaching: Anderson, Foote, Ilgenfritz & Roon
Scripture: Luke 2:21-38