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.

cattleOther than the fact that most of our food comes from farms, be they farms for animals, nuts, vegetables, fruits or grains, what do farming and food really have to do with climate change? How does what we eat affect our personal carbon footprint? How does excess food waste increase carbon emissions?

Project Drawdown, www.drawdown.org, estimates that roughly 24 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from food, agricultural practices and land use (FALU). In its list of 80 solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 12 of the top 20 solutions were related to FALU. On a worldwide basis, #3 in the list was reducing food waste, #4 was eating a plant rich diet, and #5 was related to stopping deforestation of our remaining large old-growth forests in British Columbia, the Amazon and the Congo.

These are complex issues that require action on the part of individuals, states, national and international entities. For example, stopping deforestation requires public policies to enforce existing anti-logging laws, eco-certification programs that inform consumers and affect purchasing decisions, and wealthy nations and corporations paying countries and communities to maintain their forests instead of cutting them down.

Addressing the issues of eating a plant rich diet and reducing food waste are two of the more accessible ways to address these problems on a personal level.

Addressing the issues of eating a plant rich diet is perhaps a bit more obvious for us to confront on a personal level. This action presents us with many more entry points into reducing our individual carbon footprint. For example, it is suggested that eating a vegan diet could significantly reduce emissions from this sector. It would also save money in health care costs and lost productivity from health issues related to chronic illness caused by our meat-centric western diet. In the U.S. it could also involve ending government subsidies, such as those benefiting the livestock industry, which would result in the prices of animal protein more accurately reflecting their true cost. Obviously, there is a continuum from eating a totally plant based diet to one that is animal protein rich with many intermediate steps which we can all take.

The issue of how to decrease food waste in our daily lives is one that is more easily confronted. It is estimated that a third of the food raised/grown or prepared does not make it from the farm or factory to the fork on your table. Wasted food amounts to about 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions. On an individual basis, doing simple things such as making a commitment to use up all your leftovers before they go bad, sharing food from your gardens so nothing is wasted, and buying perishable food in quantities that you can use up in a week are actions we can take.