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.

Sacred Earth Matters annual planning retreat

Please join us on Saturday June 5 for a fun meeting to plan the activities of SEM for the year 2021-2022. This is a time when we brainstorm all of the possibilities for actions that address our mission. If you have ideas, or just want to help save our sacred earth from over heating, please plan to come. For the Zoom link, contact: sacredearthmatter@universityucc.org

SEM Mission: To celebrate the sacredness of all creation and to empower and mobilize our congregation and community to urgently respond to the climate crisis affecting all of life, building a just and sustainable world.

More About Treaty-Reserved Fishing Rights

Now regarded as a landmark decision in American Indian law, the 1974 Boldt decision affirmed the language in Washington’s Indian treaties.  They provided for settlers and tribes which signed them an equal 50%/50% sharing of salmon which pass through their traditional fishing grounds.  U.S. District Court Judge George Boldt also made treaty tribes co-managers of the state’s fisheries and ordered the state to limit fishing by non-Natives when necessary, for conservation purposes.  When the state failed to do so, he placed the matter under federal supervision, and the Coast Guard confronted violators.

The Boldt and other court decisions infuriated commercial and sports fishermen, and they’ve continually ignored or violated them.  In 1984 Washington voters approved an initiative, I-456, in every county and by a 53% to 47% margin statewide.  It ended “special rights” for Indigenous people.  It’s still in the RCW (Revised Code of Washington), but the state doesn’t enforce it since federal law pre-empts it.

Judge William Orrick ruled in 1980 that 1) Boldt’s decision applied to hatchery-bred fish as long as Natives played a role in the breeding process and 2) state and federal governments have a duty to protect salmon habitat since treaty rights are perpetual and fish must continually be available.  In 1994 Judge Edward Rafeedie ruled that tribes are entitled to half of the harvestable shellfish on Washington beaches.  Judge Ricardo Martinez ruled in 2013 that failing culverts deny salmon access to habitat and important spawning grounds.  He directed the state to fix all fish-blocking culverts in its roads by 2030.

The Upper Skagit and 19 other tribes in western Washington are “treaty tribes” which in 1975 created the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) which assists member tribes in their role as natural resources co-managers.  Its chair for over 30 years was Billy Frank Jr who was arrested more than 50 times in the fish wars and sit-ins in the 1960s and 1970s.  The Washington Legislature approved a bill (HB 1372) this year to replace Washington’s statue of Marcus Whitman in the national statutory hall collection in the U.S. Capital with a statue of Billy Frank Jr.

Two additional “salmon” bills approved in the House failed to get floor votes in the Senate:

  • Treaty-Reserved Fishing Rights (HB 1172) – Requested by the Attorney General, it repeals I-456 provision in RCW, recognizes judicially affirmed and treaty-reserved fishing rights, and promotes state-tribal cooperative agreements in managing salmon, trout, and steelhead resources.
  • Salmon Recovery & Growth Management Act (HB 1117) – It adds salmon recovery to the goals of the state GMA and directs cities and counties to include recovery strategies in their comprehensive plan updates; stipulates they must achieve a “net ecological gain” of salmon habitat and eliminate fish passage barriers on local roads.

Protecting salmon is a partisan issue, and only two Republicans supported HB 1117 in the House.  The Senate is more sharply divided, and there apparently weren’t enough Democrats to support it.  It’s the third year Rep. Lekanoff’s bill failed to pass.  Bottomline, there’s still significant opposition to treaty-reserved fishing rights in Washington, and we’re dependent on the federal government and courts to enforce them.  That opposition often carries over to co-managing salmon habitat and breaching dams.

Further information on treaty-reserved fishing rights can be found in this NWIFC publication: https://nwifc.org/w/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/understanding-treaty-rights-final.pdf

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck