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. Contact sacredearthmatter@universityucc.org for the Zoom link.

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.

Treaty-reserved fishing rights
U.S. Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho has made a bold proposal to “breach” or tear down the four hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River, the Columbia River’s largest tributary. Closer to home, Seattle City Light is in the process of relicensing the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. It’s a series of three dams which provide 20% of City Light’s power; the current license expires in 2025. 

What do they have in common? Honoring the fishing rights of our indigenous Indian Nations. 

It was the Nez Perce who kept Lewis and Clark alive with salmon from Idaho’s rivers in 1805. Although the dams weren’t constructed until 1957 and 1975, the Lower Snake River’s coho salmon are already extinct and its sockeye salmon are approaching extinction. 

The Upper Skagit tribe is also concerned about the survival of fish to maintain their fishing culture. They’re opposed to the federal government renewing City Light’s license. They want the 1961 Gorge Dam (it replaced a 1924 dam) removed and the river returned to a dry portion of the riverbed. 

SEM is monitoring both projects and will be providing updates to the congregation. Accordingly, it might be useful to know something about treaty-reserved fishing rights. 

Salmon and steelhead were a staple of the Native American diet when Congress created Washington Territory in 1853 and its first governor, Isaac Stevens, entered into treaties in 1854-55 with the tribes who had inhabited the area for millenniums. These sovereign nations were flexible in the negotiations, but adamant about retaining their fishing, hunting, and gathering rights. 

Things went fairly smoothly until the 1880s when larger numbers of settlers arrived. By the early 1900’s there were dozens of canneries, and large commercial operations eclipsed what the tribes could catch. The state started applying state regulations to the Indians, charging them fishing fees, and making arrests for fishing in non-reservation areas. Tribes pursued legal remedies in state and federal courts with mixed results. With the Black civil rights movement and sit-ins continually in the news, tribal leaders began staging fish-ins and fish wars. The first of these civil disobedience protests in 1963 and multiple others were at (Billy) Frank’s Landing on the Nisqually River.

As the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, Stan Pitkin, watched a pitched battle at a fishing camp on the Puyallup River in 1970, he decided to bring the fishing-rights issue to a head. He filed a complaint, titled United States v. State of Washington, in the U.S. District Court for Western Washington on behalf of the U.S. and as trustee for seven tribes. Another seven tribes joined the action. Attorney General Slade Gorton represented the state. Discovery and pre-trial motions took three years, and the trial itself didn’t start until 1973.

Judge George Boldt handed down his decision in 1974 which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ninth Circuit affirmed in 1975. “The Boldt Decision” affirmed “the right of taking fish at usual and accustomed grounds and stations is further secured to said Indians in common with all citizens of the Territory…” It’s one of the biggest court decisions involving Native rights and tribal sovereignty. Read more about this topic in next month’s Church & Home.

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck