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 – and 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.

Net Zero, Fossil-Free Greenhouse Gas Emission Buildings, ASAP

~ Lon Dickerson, Sacred Earth Matters
The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck

We recall fondly the smell of wood-burning fireplaces in our neighborhoods, and we’re comfortable with our natural gas furnaces. In many regards, we’ve become like NIMBYs in terms of weaning ourselves from the use of fossil fuels.

Sure, we’re pleased the legislature adopted HB 1257 last April and the 2020 State Energy Code requires that buildings constructed from 2013 through 2031 move incrementally toward a 70%  reduction in energy use by 2031. Although its focus is new construction requirements for commercial buildings, it’s a step forward in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Seattle has adopted a tax on heating oil and will likely adopt a ban on natural gas piping systems in new buildings, including houses. With any luck, the governor and state legislators might be persuaded to adopt such bans statewide.

But we must do more.

Making such mandates retroactive to existing commercial and residential structures will require massive financial incentives. HB 1257 provides some tax credits to the owners of commercial buildings, and minuscule energy tax credits are still available on our federal income taxes. But where are the huge subsidies for dealing with the climate crisis that coal and gas providers, and farmer receive?

The business sector could do more to help us transition. Utility companies provide some rebates to make our homes more energy efficient, and consumers should demand more from them.  Puget Power, for example, has to become more of a facilitator instead of an obstruction.

Bottom line: what’s happening is too little, too late.

UCUCC as a church and as individual members, have committed ourselves to making decisions of integrity in our energy choices. We accept that combating global warming is a moral imperative and that it is up to us to commit our time, financial resources, and prayers to saving our sacred earth.

One of our goals should be net zero buildings with zero net energy consumption and greenhouse emissions.  According to the book Drawdown, net zero buildings are “a mosaic of separate solutions.”

We know about the benefits of LED lighting, smart thermostats, and building insulation.

Most of us need to learn more about: induction stoves (better than gas), electrochromic or smart glass, and heat pumps.  Drawdown says heat pumps are the one technology that stands out from the rest since they can supply heating, cooling, and hot water from one integrated unit.  More importantly, they can eliminate all greenhouse emissions if powered by renewable energy.

So, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.