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 - in acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. Weekly services are are available on line after they are initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a meeting.

Our in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service.

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.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

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 10 am 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.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

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.

We absolutely must reduce greenhouse gas emissions or the world, as we know it, will cease to exist. But the Russian onslaught in Ukraine is untenable and the US and European Union must stop buying Russia’s oil and natural gas. Our fossil fuel industry can make up the losses. Demands that we increase drilling are not the answer, because we are not without less stringent solutions.

The advice during the COVID-19 crisis has been to listen to the science. That’s also what we should do in deciding how to make up the shortages in the supply line  for heating homes and getting around.

Science tells us the goal is still renewable energy and electric vehicles and mass transit. In fact, a new United Nations study indicates the climate crisis is much worse than reported just last year. So, the timeline really is posthaste. But science has consistently said it can’t happen overnight; there must be a transition period.

Analysts say European countries can quickly reduce their gas dependence with energy efficiency measures and ramping up renewable energy investments. Importing liquified natural gas (LNG) from the US and elsewhere is another option. And Bill

McKibben (the 350.org guy) has urged President Biden to use the Defense Production Act to ramp up the manufacture of heat pumps and ship them to Europe.

The issue is more pronounced in the US since we’ve largely ignored the climate crisis “hoax” and continue to be overdependent on fossil fuels.

Analysts say drilling more oil in the US isn’t a viable solution. It would work for natural gas, but we export the light crude we produce and import the heavy crude we use, largely from Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East. Our domestic production actually increased in 2021, and the limits Biden has placed on drilling on federal lands don’t affect current production. Since the oil industry is sitting on thousands of unused drilling permits, we don’t need new oil and gas fields either, or pipelines.

We should not resume issuing drilling leases in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, but rather make more efficient use of existing wells, especially in our highly productive Permian Basin. Instead of leasing more tracts for unneeded offshore oil, we should use our coastal areas for developing offshore wind energy.

Some of us remember the rationing and recycling during World War II. Our entire economy was also retooled. And most of us realize our climate problems aren’t going away. So, let’s use the war in Ukraine as an opportunity to focus on alternative energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions – just as the European Union is doing.

Instead of refining oil in Washington, let’s become hubs for producing both green hydrogen and renewable aviation biofuels. Let’s retool and manufacture cross-laminated timber for constructing more energy efficient, tall wood buildings. Let’s become more attuned to saving our planet. We can lower the thermostat. We can conserve energy by not wasting the food we purchase. And we can use public transit more. As Bill McKibben jokes, “If you’re riding alone, you’re riding with Putin.”

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck                                               –submitted by Lon Dickerson