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.

We would love to welcome you at our in-person service each Sunday at 10 am. 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. The weekly 5 pm service is  available on line after it is 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 if 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 and fifteen minute.. 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.

From time time we host lunches for people who are interested in learning more about our church and/or possibly becoming a member.  We are also happy to meet with you over coffee or at the church to explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor or to set up a meeting and/or to learn when the next Welcome Lunch is planned.

Thank you for your interest in our church community.

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 or email Margaret Swanson, our Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries..

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.

~ by Anne Dickerson

The methane from flaring oil rigs and greenhouse gas emissions from our use of fossil fuel are recking havoc on our planet. Now Seattle resident Madeline Ostrander has written a stark account of four threatened communities which are trying to protect or are losing the places they call home. Her book is a riveting and comprehensive narrative on what we need to do to cope with a changing earth. Bill McKibben says it’s marvelous.

Ostrander’s first community is Washington’s Methow Valley. The 2021 Carlton Complex fire burned through the area faster and hotter than other fires had. A firefighter protecting homes on one side of the Methow River looked across the valley to see the fire moving toward her own family’s ancestral home. Nothing is impersonal or abstract about fighting fires and then re-building. People in the Methow Valley know fires will come again. They have to learn how to protect themselves, how to recover, and how to help each other.

St. Augustine, Florida, is battling irreversible rising seas and more frequent hurricane assaults. Established in 1565 in what was Spanish colonial Florida, it’s the site of Fort Mose, the first legally recognized free Black community, and the home of the US’s oldest Greek Orthodox Church. The community is facing questions common to coastal cities – how to protect its homes; whether to move to higher ground, stay or leave; who gets help; and whose history is preserved. St. Augustine has some time to make decisions, but eventually it will be under water. As it makes those decisions, their state senator introduced bills to make it harder for local governments to move from “fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.” All of them were approved by the Florida legislature in 2021.

The thawing of the permafrost and rising sea waters are forcing the Inuit village of Newtok in Alaska to relocate. Each winter storm takes away more of their land. If people are separated and scattered to other areas, much of their history and culture will be lost. This issue plays out in coastal Washington, too, as tribes retreat from the rising water.

Richmond, California, is a Black community which grew around a Chevron oil refinery and suffers from both air and soil pollution. Its urban farmers are determined to recover their land and feed their people.

Writing about climate change as it affects our homes and communities makes it personal and urgent – not abstract or too big an issue. The author says, “To have safe homes in the 21st century, we cannot keep acting as if we are isolated individuals.”

Whether you purchase the book or borrow it from the library, it’s a book you must read. It’s Madeline Ostrander’s Home of an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth, Macmillan, 2022.

~The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck