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.

Kelp forests are just as rich and important as the Amazon and Redwood forests when it comes to capturing and storing carbon dioxide. They’re also cultural keystone habitats for tribal communities. The kelp beds provide a habitat for orcas, sea otters, salmon, rockfish, sea stars, and pinto abalone. They’re threatened today by warming sea waters and pollution/acidification plus increasing shipping vessel traffic in the Salish Sea and out-of-sync marine ecosystems.
Kelp is the sea urchin’s favorite food, and sea star wasting disease and the overhunting of sea otters removed critical environmental controls for urchins. Without predators and with their ability to produce a million babies every year, sea urchin populations have boomed.
Consequently, there’s been a 36% loss in kelp forests in less than 10 years in Puget Sound, especially around the San Juan Islands, and the bull kelp beds once found around Bainbridge Island have entirely disappeared. More than 95% of California’s coastal kelp forests have been devoured in the past several years.
Sea stars are making a comeback and efforts are being made to reintroduce sea otters. But it’s a slow process, and restoring kelp is extremely hard. That’s why California has resorted to hiring divers equipped with suction tubes and hammers to destroy urchins by the tens of thousands.
There’s a better alternative, though. Remember those commercials with chickens carrying “Eat More Beef” signs? That’s not a good option for people battling the climate crisis. But we should be eating more sea urchins if we’re serious about sequestering greenhouse gas emissions.
They were a much-loved treat and emergency food for Coast Salish peoples in the Pacific Northwest. Red sea urchins are still hand harvested by divers for their gonads or “uni” (very sweet and fruity in taste) which are typically available along with urchin roe (rich savory flavor) in sushi markets around the world. There’s a growing demand today for urchins, especially in high-end restaurants.
Tribal nations, state and federal agencies, the Washington State Legislature, Port of Seattle, Northwest Straits Commission, Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium, University of Washington, environmental-oriented foundations, and others are currently looking at how we can both conserve and restore our kelp forests and marine ecosystems. Some notable victories include:
Approval of Northwest Straits Commission’s Puget Sound Kelp Conservation & Recovery Plan in 2020.
Legislature authorized $1.5 million in 2021 to implement the priorities in this plan.
Approval of a bill (SB 5619) in 2022 which requires a plan to conserve and restore at least 10,000 acres of kelp forests and eelgrass meadows by 2040 – only one legislator voted no.
Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz created a 2,300 acres sanctuary in March in the Snohomish River estuary offshore of Everett. It was chosen, in part, because it’s the first eelgrass bed which chum and Chinook salmon encounter in their out-migration. And its kelp beds provide shelter for adult salmon returning to their home river. It’s also an area where Southern resident orcas play in the kelp, winding it around their flukes and flipping it with their tail according to Tom Wooten, the Samish Indian Nation’s chairman. He says “We don’t know why it is important to them, but it is.”
The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck