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 here 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.

Enlivening our spirits, praising God, challenging our minds

Worship Every Sunday

9 am – Inviting Silence, Chapel
10 am – Worship, Sanctuary

 

Worship helps me connect with God and with this community. It equips me to live out God’s call for me in the world.

Worship is the main event on Sunday mornings, but conversation and connection are a close second. We offer breakfast and coffee in the lounge at 8:45, with activities for children. The narthex is lively with volunteers offering service opportunities. After worship, there’s more coffee, more conversation, activities for kids, and often forums over lunch,

The worship service itself is both traditional and contemporary. It’s contemplative and lively. It’s musical and visual. We sing, we pray, we sit in silence.

It has many traditional components – sermon, scripture, organ and choir. Baptisms and blessings. Prayer, both silent and communal. We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month. Our service also has some less traditional parts – vibrant mobiles and modern art, contemporary and world music, children as participants. At its center is love of God and gratitude for God’s grace in our lives.

Music

Singing is central to our worship. We sing softly, boisterously, with joy. Our 50+ voice choir leads us in congregational singing and also provides an anthem and an offertory.

Our music spans many traditions—from European classical music to gospel to contemporary. In addition to our Chancel Choir and organ, we have a women’s choir (Veriditas), a children’s choir, a stringed orchestra (Joyful Noise Players), a drumming group (Sacred Groove), a hand bell choir, recorder ensemble and frequent guest musicians. Click the “Get involved & serve” button below to join a group.

Arts and Worship

We believe that engaging all our senses can bring us closer to God. We worship with our eyes and ears and voices. We incorporate the arts into worship as much as possible, and seek to nurture inter-generational, community, and liturgical engagement.through visual arts (banners, sculptures, stoles and other fabric arts), music and dance. A Creativity Council envisions ways to enliven worship with the arts, and welcomes your participation. Click the “Get involved & serve” button below to learn more.