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.

Climate change is one of the incoming Biden-Harris administration’s core priorities. Its plan for rebuilding infrastructure would eliminate carbon emissions from the national power grid by 2035, greatly expand the availability and use of electric vehicles plus electric mass transit, and provide universal broadband. It would create jobs in climate-smart agriculture, resilience, and conservation, including the plugging of abandoned oil and natural gas wells and reclaiming abandoned mines. It also calls for upgrading buildings and weatherizing homes to make them more energy-efficient.

That all sounds great! But asphalt and concrete exacerbate the climate crisis, and spending hundreds of billions of dollars to repair our crumbling roads and bridges is a scary proposition. Washington State needs to provide oversight.

The asphalt in roads is a semi-solid form of petroleum. It absorbs 90% of the sun’s radiation, contributes to rising temperatures, and is a major source of air pollution. Asphalt emissions form organic aerosol in the atmosphere and tiny particles called PM2.5 which are one of the most dangerous types of air pollution for human health. Climate change causes higher temperatures which trigger more emissions.

Washington’s political subdivisions should do what Los Angeles and Phoenix do -– spray asphalt streets with CoolSeal, a rubberized asphalt emulsion which makes them more reflective and reduces the amount of trapped heat. It’s not a green solution. But the air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and water quality depletion caused by asphalt “heat islands” are mitigated by 10 to 15-degree cooler streets.

The Ash Grove cement plant generates a disproportionate 10% of Seattle’s greenhouse gas emissions. The chemical reaction that turns limestone into Portland cement releases CO2. Heating the kilns to 2,500°F to make that happen is the other half of its carbon footprint.

Washington needs more stringent clean air standards — ones that will force manufacturers and users to make/use green concrete which produces less carbon dioxide and is more durable than Portland cement. Green concrete incorporates at least one form of recycled materials in its components – including used concrete, quarry and mining waste, slag, burnt clay, power plant waste, combustor ash, saw dust, foundry sand, and waste glass. CO2 can also be injected into the concrete and trapped there.

A state green infrastructure component could be to stop or limit the use of concrete for schools and other public structures, as well as private homes, large residential and commercial buildings, etc. We could promote the use of compressed-earth bricks, hempcrete (biocomposite of hemp fibers and lime), or ferrock which is made from waste steel dust and silica from ground up glass. It’s five times stronger than concrete and rather than emitting CO2 as it dries, it absorbs and binds it.

Good old-fashioned timber also stores carbon dioxide, and that’s the best alternative for the Evergreen State. Everyone should be encouraging our state legislators to promote the use of the newer, cross-laminated timber grown and manufactured in Washington.