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.

Lamb Watch, when I begin posting daily pictures of my pregnant ewes on Facebook and invite others to watch with me for the arrival of lambs, began on Wednesday. This annual tradition is in its eighth year here on the farm. We are waiting for the first lamb of spring. Other sheep on other farms across the Pacific Northwest have already had their lambs. But I schedule my lambing based on the date of Easter each year, so the needs of my Whidbey flock won’t interfere with my responsibilities for my Seattle flock.

When Easter is late, lambing comes earlier. When Easter is early, lambing is later. This year, with Easter pretty much in the middle of its lunar-based cycle, I decided on an after-Easter lambing season. So now that Easter has passed, Lamb Watch has begun. There are four ewes here we are keeping our eyes on.

Lamb Day, the day I invite my congregation out to the farm to see the lambs, was scheduled this year for May 2nd. That leaves a very small window between the beginning of Lamb Watch and the expectations of lambs for viewing by Lamb Day. The lambs that arrive in the next two weeks will be quite young still by that first Saturday in May.

But this year, as it turns out, it won’t matter. No one will be coming to the farm for Lamb Day. We are all in a time of physical distancing, and Lamb Day has been cancelled.

What hasn’t been cancelled, though, is the arrival of the lambs. What hasn’t been cancelled is spring. These sunny mornings on the farm are alive with new birth. The birds welcome the morning with songs as loud as any church choir. The grass is growing faster than I can cut it. And we are watching for lambs.

In this mysterious time of pandemic, unlike anything I have ever experienced, I still recognize the familiar. I continue to be invited to choose between fear and hope. I continue to hear the call to live with compassion. Spirit still beckons me to live life on life’s terms, to see things as they truly are, and to respond by doing the next right thing. I continue to be called into an Easter faith.

The earliest stories of Easter were not about certainty and joy. They were much more about a time like this. The Gospel of Mark ends in confusion and fear. The Gospel of Luke tells of an unrecognized Jesus. The Gospel of John reminds us of disciples isolated in locked rooms. On that first Easter, no one was certain what this new life would mean. They only knew that something foundational had changed, and something new was inviting them forward.

In all the ways this time is challenging us, it is also giving us an extremely rare opportunity to pause and see the truth of who we are more clearly.

The planet is showing us how much she needs a rest from our usual ways of living. The deep injustices of our systems and our structures are laid bare. The evils of homelessness, hunger, and lack of healthcare are unmasked in new ways. People who have been dismissed as insignificant are now seen as essential workers.

And we are discovering again the true joys of life. The value of human relationships is being re-learned. The incredible pleasures of a simple meal or an act of kindness or a safe place to rest at night are appreciated in new and deeper ways. This world-wide pandemic is pointing us to the undeniable truth of our connections to one another as a human family.

If my faith will not sustain me in a time such as this, then it is not a sustainable faith. That is not to say I do not struggle. But I have discovered over a lifetime of love and loss that God’s promise is true and nothing- not death, nor life, nor hardship, nor distress, nor peril, nor anything else in all creation- will be able to separate me from God’s love.

All of these lessons are being laid at our feet. It is time for a change. We all know that. May God give us the grace to step into the truth and emerge into spring with new courage and new resolve. May we live faithfully into our Easter story. And may we watch for the lambs, the new life, the gifts of spring, together.