An Open and Affirming Congregation and a Global Missions Church


University Christian Church is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination, a mainline protestant denomination that values unity in diversity, ecumenical ministries, and a passion for peace and justice. University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is congregationally governed. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly in our worship service and have no creedal requirements for membership. At University Christian, all are welcome who desire to follow Christ.

We have a diverse membership and seek to minister to and with Christians of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Along with being an open and affirming congregation, we work closely with our sister churches within the University District, sharing worship, outreach and educational opportunities. We are a member of Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), an ecumenical representation of the wider body of Christ which includes nine Protestant denominations committed to working and worshiping together as a visible sign of God’s unity within the church.



University Christian Church has been a progressive witness to Seattle since 1890 and to our present location in the University District since 1901. In our over 100 year history, we have established our witness to the all-inclusive nature of God and have committed ourselves to speaking to the needs of faith to our neighborhood. Based on a first century life and ministry of Jesus, our church rested on the most basic beliefs of being a follower of Christ and in all other matters “gave the widest latitude of opinion.” What developed was a long legacy of encouraging members to express themselves fully even when differing opinions were present, and to demonstrate their passions by supporting and starting a variety of social justice ministries throughout Seattle. We practice the belief that a church community is not about conforming but about experiencing the oneness of God in the many ways God becomes known to us.

God lives in unity and is not divided, and God’s people, therefore, should live the same. We believe that God’s preference for people living together in unity means that we work together as a congregation to bring about change in our world, and that the task of transforming the world is a ministry that is shared among whomever calls him or herself a Christian. Changing our world is a task big enough for all of us, and we believe that it is only in working together that true community change can occur. We also join our efforts with men and women of other religions, so that in finding our common causes, we can be for the world a new vision of humanity — a humanity that builds people up rather than tears humans down. Our congregation, therefore, has historically and presently, worked with other congregations in our district and throughout Seattle, to bring about the changes that will make our city better for all our citizens. This is on-going ministry and the history that we live out now.

Click here for a historical sketch of our congregation’s history written by Robert A. Thomas.