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.

The abandoned John Henry coal mine in Black Diamond has never been cleaned up, and it continues to pollute streams which flow into the Green and Duwamish rivers and ultimately Puget Sound. West Virginia has thousands of miles of waterways contaminated by coal-mining waste. And coal companies in Kentucky stripped away hillsides and blew the tops off mountains. Consequently, the treeless land increases the speed and volume of rain runoff and worsens flooding. There are also polluted waterways and 1,100 abandoned uranium mines on or adjacent to the Navaho Nation in New Mexico.

The 2021 Infrastructure Act includes $11 billion to cleanup mines and affected waterways. But another $20 billion is needed for sites abandoned since 1977. Congress must also replace the antiquated 1872 General Mining Act. Having encouraged mining companies to appropriate Indigenous land in the West, it’s lax on requiring them to clean up their messes.

Over 500,000 abandoned mines continue to wreak havoc on the environment and pollute water. Most environmentalists think the mining industry should be responsible for cleaning them up, not taxpayers. But the House failed last year to approve the U.S.’s first-ever royalty fee on new and existing “hard-rock” mines on federal land to help pay for cleaning up mines.

A new concern is the impact the mining of ores and minerals needed for transitioning to clean energy will have on our environment and the people who work in and/or live near the mines. Earthjustice says, “Of the untapped critical minerals in the U.S., some 97% of nickel, 89% of copper, 79% of lithium, and 68% of cobalt – all considered key for energy transition – are within 35 miles of Native American reservations.”

A 500% increase in demand for critical minerals is expected by 2050, and the 2021 infrastructure bill included $7 billion for developing domestic supply chains for them. The U.S. has only one operating nickel mine and its resources will be exhausted by 2026. Another company wants to build an underground mine 50 miles west of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Members of the Sandy Lake Band of the Chippewa Tribe say the wild rice they’ve taken care of for 800 years will be destroyed by the sulfide which will be leached into the rivers and lakes.

Several “rare-earth elements” or REEs are also needed for wind turbines, solar, electric car motors, smartphones, smart bombs, etc. These 17 “heavy metals” are often laced with radioactive thorium and uranium, and 2,000 tons of toxic waste are produced for every ton of REE. China produced 85% of the world’s refined REEs in 2016. It’s moving operations to Africa to minimize the hazards to its people.

Yes, we need to strive for more resiliency in generating clean energy by sourcing minerals in the U.S. But we should be proceeding more cautiously. We must adopt meaningful legislation on protecting people adjacent to mining areas and mandating royalties and cleanups. And we must focus much more on recycling. Battery minerals can and should be recovered and reused (potential 94% recovery rate). And Apple’s newest iPhone 12 is made from 98% reused REEs. If Apple can do it, others can, too.

You can click on this link for more information on rare earth mining: Not So “Green” Technology: The Complicated Legacy of Rare Earth Mining

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck