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.

To worship You in unity and diversity… is what we covenant with God and one another each week in worship.

As our congregation moves through this time of change and looks to the future, it does so by also looking deeply and critically at it’s past and present.

Ten years ago, I arrived at a UCUCC that had gone through some pretty major changes within the previous 18 months or so. You all had gone through a deliberative process and concluded to move from two services to one. The Family Friendliness Task Force had just concluded it’s work. You had also just begun to have cycles of regular “sermon series” that often correlated to some topic the Lecture Series was bringing to our attention.

Heidi Wyllis Blythe and I were relatively recent additions to the staff and we’d been brought with clear mandates: You all wanted worship to be a celebration of unity AND diversity.

You wanted traditionalists to feel at home and children and youth to feel welcome and engaged. You wanted musicians familiar with Bach, The Beatles, The Wailin Jennys, and West African Drumming. You wanted a service that encourages lay leadership and congregational participation; and that flowed from beginning to end without feeling like a series of acts. A service that reflected all our wants and one that centers God.

Over the last ten years, we’ve worked hard to keep this very wide perspective on the diversity of who we are in line with the one God we worship in unity. We’ve been honored to have our guest theologians and lecturers repeatedly say, “Wow, that was one of the best worship experiences we’ve ever had!” Musician-liturgists such as John Bell and Rawn Harbor both took time to name that this is a special place to worship. Most recently, our Futures Task Force consultant, Don Hill, also went out of his way to say,

“If you don’t know anything else about yourselves, know that you do worship better than just about any church I know… and I visit a LOT of churches.”

We’ve had a lot of changes and losses this past year. And we’re clearly perfectionists about worship because even with all of this praise… we’re still working, constantly listening to one another and to God for what we can do to experience and hear God’s Word and Will each week. Listening to our youth who, by in large, really appreciate the sermons but find most forms of hymnody baffling. And listening to some voices in the choir that would prefer we only do contemporary songs a few Sundays a year. Many want more silence…others say they have no idea what to do with those silences.

What I love about this is that it reflects a congregation that deeply cares about worship, that longs to connect to God and to one another. We’re a congregation that aspired to be both unified and diverse and these tensions reflect that we are! In the last ten years we have grown together. Everyone has tried something new and everyone has continued to feel that telling us how they feel is worthwhile and important. We’ll never please everyone, but that’s not the point. Our continuing to strive to connect to one another despite our differences is pleasing to God.