After more than 100 years in the University Districts, University Christian Church is moving to Lake City, where it will merge with Lake City Christian Church to form a new congregation. During the course of this conversation on merging, UCC made the decision to sell the church property in the U District. While this decision was difficult to make, the congregation believes that this was the right decision, as the resources that will be freed up will not only help the new church to thrive, but will be used to further the work of peace and justice in our community, work UCC has always pursued.
Here is the official press release about the pending sale of the church building
University Christian Church Plans to Sell 32,000 sq. ft U-District Site; Proceeds Will Establish Charitable Foundation
Seattle, WA – August 10, 2018 — University Christian Church (www.uchristianchurch.org) (UCC), a progressive Christian community seeking peace and justice, today announced it has begun the process of selling its last remaining property in the University District. Proceeds from the sale will go into a foundation established by remaining UCC members. Funds will be used to advance causes consistent with the church’s mission.
Located at 4731 15th Avenue NE, the aging brick property comprises roughly two-thirds of a halfblock. Members voted earlier this summer to sell the church, due to ongoing decline in membership and inability to financially support operations and maintenance of the large, seismically-fragile facility. Several of the remaining UCC members will merge with an established congregation in Lake City earlier this year to form a new church, called Journey Christian Church.
“For more than 100 years, University Christian Church has provided a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world,” said Laura Robinson, Congregational President at University Christian Church. “While the sale of our existing house of worship is bittersweet, we look forward to continuing UCC’s legacy through the new foundation, which will benefit causes near-and-dear to our congregation’s hearts.” In 2016, UCC sold five lots across from the current church site to low-income housing developer Bellwether Housing. The property is now Arbora Court, a low- and moderate-income housing project completed in late Spring 2018.