Who we are
We are a multi-generational congregation, with a strong passion and commitment to children and youth, along with support for their families.
We are committed to social justice—homelessness and housing, care for creation, racial justice.
We are a large church—and a warm, welcoming place, aspiring to enfold all who come to take part in our community.
We’re a church of imagination—seeking to envision and live out new ways of being church in the world.
We are led by a team working closely with lay leaders to carry out the ministries of the church.
Nurturing the spirit within
University Congregational United Church of Christ is a progressive Protestant church. We are an inclusive church, open to diverse people and beliefs, rooted in God’s extravagant love, mercy and justice. We are an open and affirming church were we celebrate our diversity in religious background, sexual orientation, race, and abilities. We are welcomed each Sunday in our “believing, seeking and doubting, praying that we will be met here by the living Christ.”
Members of our church agree to work together toward certain shared principles rather than a defined set of beliefs. Thus, we are a church based on our shared covenant, not on a set of specific doctrines.
In the spirit of our heritage, we combine a common loyalty to Jesus Christ with respect for the uniqueness of each individual. We share commitment to God, to one another, and to the world while valuing diversity and open inquiry. We covenant to walk together in faith, but belief in a particular creed is never a requirement.
As part of our worship service each Sunday, we affirm together the following covenant. We created this covenant to guide our congregational life.
God of Providence and Grace, in a spirit of memory, thanksgiving, and hope:
We covenant with You and with one another;
To seek and respond to Your word and will, made known and to be made known;
To worship You in unity and diversity, welcoming everyone;
To live responsibly within Your creation, sharing with gratitude the gifts we are given;
To care for and pray for each other, in trials of the spirit and in times of joy;
To encourage each other in the growth of our minds and spirits;
To promote Your reign of justice and peace, meeting hate with reconciling love; and
To reject the false gods of society, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus.
May God help us and be with us. Amen
Affiliated with the United Church of Christ
We are part of the United Church of Christ, formed in 1957 through a merger of the Congregational Christian and Evangelical and Reformed Churches, now numbering 1.3 million members in 5,725 churches in the United States and Puerto Rico. Through it we share in the work of the National and World Councils of Churches. Locally, we support the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Faith Action Network.
God is Still Speaking
“God is still speaking,” is a campaign by the United Church of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say. Since 2004, Stillspeaking has worked with thousands of UCC churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all.
Today, under one collective identity, we can enthusiastically lift up that the UCC is a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, many are raising their voices for an alternate vision:
- Where God is all-loving and inclusive
- Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
- Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
- Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary
- Where together we grow a just and peaceful world