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.

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.

Our Covenant

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 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

More information from the Stillspeaking campaign of the United Church of Christ

We listen for the still speaking God in the language of the arts, science, diverse voices and experiences…