Loving Our Neighbor
Following Jesus means being sent as servants into his world. Jesus most often directed his followers through stories, rather than direct commands, but this is one command he called the greatest of them all—"Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39) We have this extraordinary mandate—sent by Jesus to love our neighbors—in our neighborhoods, in our city, and in our workplaces. That's what UPC's Outreach Ministry is all about.
UPC is composed of numerous kingdom communities that embrace a particular mission and then share life together in rhythms and practices that Shares Hope in and through the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Tangible Kingdom (TK) Villages
TK Villages are incarnational communities—neighborhood-based or network-based communities (e.g. men's/women's networks, young adults, co-workers, etc.) who share kingdom life in specific rhythms and practices of becoming, belonging and blessing that reach out to their "neighbors" with the hope of Jesus Christ. Contact: Ken K.
A monthly "laboratory" for incarnational community practitioners to design missional "experiments," share stories, resources, encouragement, and to get some practical coaching. Meets first Sunday of the month in Baker House. Contact: Ken K.
Side-by-Side staff, together with our screened, trained and supported volunteers, offers assistance to families who have temporarily relocated to Seattle for treatment, complementing the care they receive from the healthcare community. Through our Family Support Program and our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House, we provide practical and relational local support for them while they are away from home. Read more
Union is UPC’s community in South Lake Union in Seattle, led by pastors James B. and Renée Notkin. Its objective is to create an informal environment for learning about God through community service and the development of authentic relationships, in addition to up-to-date worship services and practical real-life messages. Read more
International Friendship House
The International Friendship House is a residential community of international students. It has been a “home away from home” for internationals for over 30 years. Read more
UPC's urban ministry partners serve the poor and disenfranchised of Seattle in numerous ways—resettling refugees, building homes, educating troubled youth, reconnecting broken families, recovery from addiction, providing safe shelter for the homeless, to name just a few of the emphases of our partners. There are countless ways to serve. Check out our partners here.
Mary’s Place is an agency that provides homeless women and their children rescue, respite, nutrition, safety and shelter in a setting where relationships are affirmed, love and hope are discovered and a new future begins.
Puget Sound Christian Clinic
Through its program of mobile clinics, Puget Sound Christian Clinic provides low-cost medical, dental, mental, and spiritual care to low-income uninsured people in our community. Contact: Dick and Kris
Bridge Disability Ministries
Bridge Ministries’ mission is to alleviate isolation for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Contact: Lan
Divine Alternatives for Dads
DADS provides a one-on-one case advocacy program for fathers in need of family services. This includes assistance with reunification with their children, referrals to drug and alcohol treatment programs, employment counseling, assistance with child support adjustments, and with developing plans to pay off arrearages, assistance with housing, legal assistance, parenting classes, and family stability programs. Contact: Sarah
Recovery Café offers support for the recovery journey to men and women traumatized by homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Contact: John
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is a Christian organization that builds homes in partnership with families, giving them a hand up, not a hand-out. This practice honors their God-given dignity and encourages families to work hard towards a shared goal of creating a safe and secure home in which their children can grow and thrive. Contact: Ken
Samaritan Center of Puget Sound
Samaritan Center provides counseling, education, consultation, mediation, and other services for individuals, families, congregations, and organizations, including therapy and other service for the poor. Contact: Peter
King County Youth Chaplaincy
Their mission of King County Youth Chaplaincy is to reduce youth violence and lower the recidivism rate through an emphasis on prevention, chaplaincy services, and aftercare. Contact: Peter
Seattle Urban Academy
Seattle Urban Academy provides safe, alternative high school education (grades 9–12) in a Christian setting for youth at risk. Contact: Steve
The Language Institute has provided English instruction to refugees, immigrants, and other internationals in the greater Seattle area for thirty years offering both integrated skills classes
(reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and conversational English opportunities. Contact: Breanne
Street Youth Ministries
SYM is a nonprofit, faith-based organization serving homeless youth and youth in crisis, ages 13–26 by meeting the immediate basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter along with drop-in services, advocacy, mentoring, and activities. Contact: Judy
U-District Food Bank
The U-District Food Bank’s mission is to provide individuals and families in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency. Contact: Dave
New Horizons Ministries
Their mission of New Horizons Ministries is to be in relationship with homeless youth, serving and loving in the way of Jesus, equipping youth to leave street life. Contact: Peg
Union Gospel Mission
The U-District Food Bank’s mission is to provide individuals and families in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency. Contact: Elizabeth
New Light Christian Church
New Light is a multi-ethnic inner-city ministry centered around the strong teaching of God’s Word in order to glorify him through the ministry of healing the family, spreading the gospel in our community, breaking down multicultural barriers, and drawing all members closer to God through worship, studying his word, and prayer. Contact: Dick and Kris
Urban Impact’s mission is to strengthen families and raise servant leaders in the Rainier Valley by building a foundation of good health, quality education, economic opportunity, and Christ-centered faith. Contact: Peter
Operation Nightwatch is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless through spiritual care, shelter placement, low-cost housing and education. Contact: Judy
World Relief Seattle has worked since 1979 to empower the local church to serve refugees and immigrants in the Greater Seattle Area. Originally founded to care for those fleeing war in Southeast Asia, they have since grown to resettle refugees from almost 50 countries. They provide services to refugees through programs in resettlement, employment, citizenship, English language training, immigration detention ministry, and church mobilization. Contact: Breanne