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

View for detailed Google Map.

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.

Yes, the climate crisis updates are discouraging. And yes, the upswings in air travel and gasoline usage are, too. So, why aren’t we reducing our use of fossil fuels? Have we stopped caring?

Buildings account for 23% of Washington’s carbon emissions. And energy use in buildings is the fastest-growing source of climate pollution here except for air travel. For our state to be on track for achieving its climate goals, we must reduce natural gas usage in buildings by 14% by 2030. Washington residents, instead, are increasing their use of residential gas!

As a creation justice church, we should be individually querying legislative candidates about their level of support for reducing building emissions. We should be trying to ensure that’s what the winners in the August 2 primary and November 8 general elections will do. The Senate races are particularly important since two of our staunchest climate advocates, Reuven Carlyle and Mona Das, aren’t seeking re-election.

Reducing building emissions was Sacred Earth Matters’ top priority in the 2022 legislative session. But only one of its priority bills on this issue was approved, and it (SB 5772) merely extends existing benchmarks to smaller buildings. Yet 21 senators and 45 representatives voted against it SEM’s scorecard indicates they include Senators Hasegawa, Muzzall, and Sefzik plus Representatives Gilday, Role, and Springer.

A bill to strengthen energy codes (HB 1770) was approved in the House, but ran out of time in the Senate. Fortunately, the Washington State Building Code Council in April approved essentially what HB 1770 tried to do and we now have one of the strongest commercial energy codes in the country. Our residential code is lacking, though.

The fossil fuel and construction industries decimated the other, more stringent bills. They included HB 1766 and SB 5668 which dealt with regulating gas companies – limiting expansion of natural gas systems and advancing the use of high-efficiency electric equipment. Their sponsors included Representatives Berry, Davis, Duerr, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Goodman, Harris-Talley, Kloba, Marci, Peterson, Ryu, Slatter, and Valdez plus Senators Das, Frockt, Liias, Lovick Nguyen, Pedersen, Saldana, Stanford, and Wellman.

Hopefully, these and other bills will be reintroduced in 2023. But they probably won’t be approved next year either unless there are more legislators who will push for making net-zero buildings a reality ASAP.
Lawmakers allocated funds in 2019 to make large buildings more energy efficient. Bellevue is currently using $75 million of that funding to encourage building owners, landlords, and managers to retrofit their buildings to lower energy consumption. Much more support is needed for retrofitting buildings, including single family homes. Utilities should also be “encouraged” to provide incentives to convert their customers’ equipment from fossil fuels to electricity.

Net-zero means not only eliminating carbon emissions but contributing to energy generation. Nearly a third of Hawaii’s single-family houses have rooftop solar panels, for example. The state even offers up to $4,250 to homeowners to add home batteries to store energy. And Puget Sound Energy provided a grant this spring which enabled the United Methodist Church in Kent to install an array of solar panels which will off-set three-quarters of the church’s annual energy consumption. Community solar should also be a priority for low-income neighborhoods.

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck