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 inquirers@universityucc.org 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.

Dear Colleagues,

I’m delighted to let you know that the Church Council has voted unanimously to call the Rev. Todd Smiedendorf to the temporary position of Bridge Minister for a period of approx. 12-18 months.

Rev. J. Todd Smiedendorf received his M.Div from Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 1993; he was ordained in 2001. He has served as an associate minister, a campus minister, and an interim minister; he has been Senior Minister of the Washington Park UCC in Denver since 2011. He and his wife, Allison, currently live in Boulder.  He is the author of one book, CrossWork: An Integrated Tool for Spiritual Direction.

Worship at Washington Park UCC under his leadership has been recognized as a national UCC Still Speaking Institute model.  His references describe him as “a good preacher, a creative worship leader, a compassionate presence,” giving “attention to power and privilege,” and having “a great balance of head and heart.”  Todd particularly impressed the committee with his description of being one of 500 clergy present for a day of solidarity with the Lakota at Standing Rock.

As Jan von Lehe has written…

We had so many great candidates! The Interim task force had consensus of key areas of expertise and skill we looked for and we talked in depth and at length about various strengths that we saw.

I was impressed by Todd’s deep presence where he framed questions and issues in ways that brought a spiritual depth and sharing to our conversations. This feels like a true gift for us to have ease in conversations that deepen our faith and spiritual journey, even on the way to the airport.

During our Skype interview I could feel his deep concern for social justice issues, most specifically I’ve held an image of him standing beside Native Americans at Standing Rock to bear witness and walk with them. I believe he will call us to grow in our work to create a beloved community, to help the homeless, to address racial justice issues, to help the poor, to care for this earth.

Todd’s approaches to pastoral care were also remarkable to me in his ability to talk about how he enters into a situation to find ‘what is’ for those he’s responding to – to find their truth and to provide support in ways that are meaningful. It seemed he exercises great care and is very thoughtful in approaches to manage conflict.  He seems excited and capable to be an effective and collegial member of our Leadership Team.

So much more could be said about his progressive Christian theology, his sense of mystery about the dimensions of our worship, etc, but I will close by saying Todd brings a deep conviction of faith and justice and his real presence and love of people is clear and I am excited to recommend he be called as our bridge minister.

Todd and Allison will have some “commuter marriage” time, with Allison continuing her work in Colorado and also hoping to find some clients to work with in Seattle, so she can be here as much as possible. She works as an independent consultant in organizational and leadership development, specializing in women’s leadership and spirituality in leadership.

Here in Seattle, Todd and Allison are looking to rent a spacious room (or rooms) in a peaceful shared home; please reach out if you have a lead for them.

Todd plans to begin his time with us on Wednesday January 2.  Please welcome him!