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.

I am spending the day today at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic. This June event features top dogs and top handlers from across the Pacific Northwest and even beyond. It is happening all weekend for those of you who are interested. But today, Thursday, the young dogs are running. The “nursery” class features dogs under three years old. They are just beginning. The novice handlers are also out there on the field. These are folks who are new to the sport.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the experienced dogs and expert handlers will do some beautiful work with sheep out here on Misty Isle Farm. The crowds will be big and the tension will be high. People will recognize the names of special dogs or top handlers, and pay careful attention to their runs.

But today, there are only a handful of spectators. The young dogs may or may not get their sheep. The new handlers will learn their lessons in front of us all.

We all know what to expect from the older dogs and the more experienced handlers. But when the young ones are up, anything can happen.

I enjoy watching the youngsters figure things out. I am delighted when a particular young dog, or any new handler, surprises us all with some spectacular work

I love the Thursday runs.

Which makes me also think of last Sunday at my church in Seattle. It was “Youth Sunday,“ when the young people of our congregation are in charge of the worship service.

Most Sundays when you come to church, just about any church, you can be pretty sure what will happen. There will be an order of worship with which you are familiar. There will be a preacher who has preached a lot of sermons, and on that Sunday will be preaching one more. If the preacher is well known, you might pay special attention.

But when one wanders into any church on a Youth Sunday, one does not know what to expect. Anything can happen. Last June I was in Scotland and ended up at a Youth Sunday service there. Chocolate was served. I was happy.

I was out of town last Sunday and missed Youth Sunday at our church. But I heard the reports. Our church was full. The service was long and full of joy. Babies were baptized. Six young people preached powerful sermons, urging the community to pay attention, to get real, to live out their faith. The music was wonderful. And the congregation left inspired. They knew they had experienced something powerful. I have heard from them all week, asking how to get more involved in ending gun violence, in addressing climate change, and in working for racial justice.

I love Youth Sunday. Thank you, UCUCC Youth. You were spectacular.