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.

Imagine yourself in the paid workforce (This might be super easy!). Let’s call it a full-time job. A 5-day work week Image result for images of punching in time clockprobably comes to mind of 40 hours (Thank you, labor unions!). Some of you like me even remember a timecard that you “punched” inside of a special clock.  Now imagine that your supervisor or perhaps a trusted work adviser says, “Don’t go in on Friday. You’ll get more work done.”  Huh?

That’s exactly what Microsoft Japan did with some of its workers. For a month, they got every Friday off and productivity rose 40%.  Japan’s workforce is at the top of the list for hours worked and at the bottom for productivity among similar type economies.

The Microsoft Japan study’s results have been seen before in multiple studies: increasing rest and recreation produce greater productivity. Of course, for hourly workers, the clock is pay, clock (chronos) time is rewarded, a legacy of the industrial revolution where people were turned into repetitive job machines.

Image result for images of overworked womanI bring up the topic and mention this study because I was working at my home office in Boulder this week and noticed my own inner resistance and moral judgment when I felt tired and thought about a nap after lunch.  Though recovering from sickness and late night travel, my inner voice said, “No, I can’t do that. I’m supposed to be working! I have things to do! I’m on the clock!” I was curious at my resistance.  What about you? What was it like for you to imagine the advice scenario above; a nap or rest or less work hours? Did you feel any twinge of hesitation or guilt?

I also name this study and story because rest is a theological matter, a deep basic truth.  Our first story of Scripture ends with the seventh day proclaimed as a day of rest, Sabbath, aka God’s big exhale.  We still worship together weekly because of this rhythm.

The deep wisdom of sabbath is rest, renewal, and remembering.

In addition to the needed physical rest from labor for people and animals that produces renewal, sabbath was meant to be a useful spiritual practice for remembering the Creator and the Creation, and our humble place in the miracle of Life.  It is a time to get out of the narrow practical consciousness of the ego, the money maker, the material consumer, the do-er, and shift into the Divine Wonder of earth, beauty, connection, communion, being, surrender, celebration, gratitude, and humility.  The physical rest and the spiritual practice produce renewal and re-creation. We move from chronos (linear time) to kairos (sacred time) in deep Sabbath practice.

Maybe I got lost in the Protestant work ethic or the cash economy culture of production or maybe even in trying to gain someone’s approval (even my own).  The Sabbath truth of rest and renewal remains. Work AND rest serve each other, even in times of crisis and need like these.

By the way, I didn’t take that nap the other day.

But my spouse and I are planning to take 3 days during Thanksgiving week (Tuesday – Thursday) to turn off our phones and computers and rest.  No prepping a big dinner. No travel. Just reading, talking, sleeping, connecting, praying, playing, and remembering who and whose we are amidst this wonder of Creation.