Whether you are visiting us for the first time, are still relatively new to UUC, or have been around for a while, welcome! We look forward to helping you explore this community and find what you are looking for.
What to Expect
- During the school year we have two services on Sundays, at 9:30 and 11:15. Both services are followed by an opportunity for coffee and conversation in our social hall. In the summertime, there is just one service, at 9:30 a.m., which is also followed by a coffee and conversation. Please feel free to drop in and attend a service at any time.
- Whether you enter the church via the parking lot door or the front doors, a friendly greeter will be there to welcome you, give you a name-tag and help you find your way around. The Sanctuary (also called the Chapel) is located on the second floor. Please feel free to ask the greeters any questions you have.
- Since Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations are self-governing, each church, fellowship and community has a distinct way of offering and expressing UU. We encourage you to visit different UU churches in the area and see what feels right to you. University Unitarian is the largest UU church in the state of Washington, and is one of the oldest (started in 1913). Our preferred style is more formal than some of the other UU churches in the Pacific Northwest. Our ministers usually wear robes and our services usually feature choir music (sometimes with pipe organ and other instruments) as well as hymns sung by the whole the congregation. You’ll hear readings from various wisdom traditions and contemporary sources. We’ll invite an offering for the work of the church or to support a community organization. Our ministers will lead prayer or meditation and deliver sermons that speak to issues of life today, offering solace and calling us to reflection and action.
- Many people ask what they should wear. You will see some dresses and suits & ties, and plenty of jeans, shorts and comfortable shoes. We welcome gender-non-binary attire. Wear what feels good to you, in other words. You’ll fit right in.
UUC is a Welcoming Congregation
We have been working hard for years to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer people feel welcome here. Being welcoming means striving for radical inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences.
UUC is a Family-Friendly Congregation
- Children and youth of all ages are welcome in the services on Sunday mornings. It’s okay if kids get wiggly and babies make happy noises; it makes us smile! To help make church a fun experience for all members of your family, here are a few things we thought you might like to know:
- We offer a high-quality church school for children and youth from newborn through high school during the school year and childcare and a multi-age elementary program during the summer. You can find more information on our wonderful programs under the Religious Education tab.
- Our childcare classroom for infants through age 4½ is Sprouts. You can leave your cell number with the teachers, put your phone on vibrate, and ask them to contact you if your child is inconsolable for more than 10 minutes. That way you can have peace of mind.
- Our ushers have a basket of crayons and coloring sheets. If you’d like some, please ask for them.
- You are welcome to walk in and out of the sanctuary with your child as needed.
- If you decide it would be less stressful to sit outside the sanctuary, you can hear the service on speakers in the corner with the couches.
Please Let Us Know You Are Visiting
- Please keep in mind that we are a very large church with lots of wonderful things happening and we don’t always know whether someone is a long-time member or a visitor. One way to let people know that you are visiting is to fill out a name-tag that has the word, visitor, on it.
- We really want to be warm and welcoming to you, so please stop by the Connections Table in the foyer before or after services, and let us know how we can help you feel welcome.
- We also invite you to fill out a Get Connected card so that we can follow up with you to answer questions and get you information about areas of the church that may be important to you. The “Get Connected” cards are located in the pockets on the backs of the pews, at the greeters’ desks, and at the Connections Table. We are glad you are here.
- You’re also welcome to call or come by the church office Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. Our friendly staff will be happy to visit with you or show you around.
University Unitarian Church Information Sessions
Please come to one of the UUC Information Sessions which take place during the first service (9:30 a.m.) on the first Sunday of each month, downstairs in the Howe room. When the first Sunday falls on a holiday weekend, we’ll hold our Info Session on the second Sunday of the month instead. There is no charge and no need to sign up; just come on in! This is a friendly place to ask any questions you have about UUC, and meet other people who are new to the community.
- Our address and phone appear at the bottom of this page. If you click on the address, Maps will come up and assist you with directions.
- If you are traveling by bus, we are currently accessible by Metro routes 62 and 65 (on Sundays) and 62, 64, 65, 71, and 76 (on weekdays).
- You can use the Metro Trip Planner to find your exact route.
Please keep in mind bus routes do change. We do our best to keep up with changes, but for the most recent transit information please check the Metro King County website.