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. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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 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.

~ Lon Dickerson, member of Sacred Earth Matters

It’s virtually impossible to save the earth as we know it for our grandchildren because we’ve inflicted so much damage. It’s probably too late to stop the melting of arctic ice, for instance, and we don’t know how to refreeze the water. But, it was a GREAT legislative session in Olympia in terms of slowing the destruction of our environment.

There was enormous opposition from the oil industry and business organizations, and most of the climate change bills passed on party line votes. The Governor was a strong advocate, as were a united array of environmental groups and churches. UCC’s Jim Antal (Climate Church, Climate World) encouraged our congregation in February to be aggressive advocates in climate change battles. He’d be happy that 93 people joined with 36 Sacred Earth Matters people (total 129) to participate in SEM’s “Legislative Priority of the Week” program and actively lobbied our state legislators. Thank you; thank you; thank you to each and every one of you!

Six of Sacred Earth Matters’ legislative priorities were approved along with six additional environmental bills. The biggest win was a new statute which prohibits electric utilities from selling electricity generated by coal by Dec 31, 2025, and natural gas by 2030 in Washington.

Our victories include:
  • SB 5116: 100% Carbon-Free Electricity — Sacred Earth’s priority #1
  • HB 1112: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Hydrofluorocarbons — Sacred Earth’s priority #3
  • HB 1257: Clean Buildings for Washington Act — Sacred Earth’s priority #4
  • HB 1579: Orca Whales – Habitat & Forage Fish — Sacred Earth’s priority #7
  • SB 5577: Orca Whales – Vessel Noise & Vibrations — Sacred Earth’s priority #8
  • HB 1578: Orca Whales – Oil Tankers  — Sacred Earth’s priority #9

SB 5135 — Reduces public & environmental exposure to hazardous & toxic chemicals by limiting their inclusion in consumer products – easier than cleaning up a polluted environment for Orca whales

HB 1444 — Establishes new state minimum efficiency & testing standards for appliances; thereby increases energy efficiencies (incl. electric water heaters manufactured after Jan 1, 2021)

SB 5397 — Requires study on management & disposal of plastic packaging with recommendations to legislature by Oct 31 2020; implementation by legislature by Jan 1, 2022 – fosters plastic recycling

SB 5579 — Prohibits loading, unloading & storage of any crude oil received in Washington by rail with a vapor pressure greater than 9 pounds per square inch – e.g. crude oil from the Bakken region in ND

SB 5588 — Authorizes public utility districts to produce, distribute, use & sell renewable hydrogen (biodiesel, ethanol & ethanol blend fuels previously authorized)

SB 5145 — Bans the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas (not currently done in WA)

The legislature failed to pass other SEM priority bills that had been approved in the originating house, including 1) Clean Transportation Fuels, 2) Clean Car Standards, 3) Plastic Bags, and 4) Plastic Straws.  43% of Washington’s carbon emissions come from the cars, trucks, and motorcycles we drive and commercial vehicles.  But the oil industry was able to block in the Senate the passage of a bill to require continuous reductions in carbon pollution from gasoline and other transportation fuels.  It helped kill in the House a bill with California’s zero emission vehicle standard.  The wood pulp/paper industry helped block the plastic bags bill in the House.

Another priority bill to create a task force to recommend strategies for state agencies to eliminate environmental health disparities that impact low-income communities also died in the House.

Sacred Earth Matters will be supporting these bills in Washington’s 2020 legislative session.  Please join our email list (lon_dickerson@yahoo.com) and help us get them passed along with other climate change remedies at the local, state, and national levels.