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.

Sacred Earth Matters LogoSalmon keep popping up on SEM’s radar screen this year, and the approximately 150 people on SEM’s email advocacy list have done a great job in responding each time it happens.

Legislation: SEM advocates flooded the legislative hotline last spring to support a bill to protect salmon habitat by prohibiting motorized or gravity siphon
mining (gold panning) and its effluent discharge in our rivers and streams. It was overwhelmingly approved. Yeah!

Environmental Impact Statements: SEM advocates submitted public comments on a draft EIS about dams on the lower Snake River. As anticipated, the US Army Corps of Engineers recently announced it won’t remove those four dams. However, federal courts threw out five previous plans because they didn’t do enough to protect salmon, and Earthjustice will file another lawsuit when the final EIS/plan is released this fall. Yes!

Comments were also submitted on a draft Environmental Protection Agency EIS concerning water pollution/temperatures. Although the EPA now admits that high temperatures in the pools behind eight lower Snake and Columbia River dams are responsible for the near extinction of the rivers’ salmon, it’ll likely say the dams can stay. But Washington implemented new state standards for water temperatures in those rivers last May. It’s virtually impossible to keep the temperature below 68° unless the dams are removed. Stay tuned.

The WA Department of Ecology issued a draft EIS on building a flood-control dam on the Chehalis River. The public comments were overwhelmingly anti-dam, and Governor Inslee has directed Ecology to focus instead on a non-dam alternative. He wants “a balance between flooding and saving struggling salmon species.” He wants it delivered by September and considered by the legislature in 2021. Right on!

Breaching Dams Without SEM Involvement:
Salmon in the Elwha River are doing much better since its two dams were removed in 2014. This summer a dam on the Pilchuck River near Granite Falls and the Nooksack Dam on the Middle River near Bellingham were breached to help save the salmon in those rivers. Four Klamath River dams in southern Oregon and California are also coming down. Hurrah!

Continuing the Campaign:  The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a final EIS in July which authorizes a gold and copper mine on Bristol Bay (Alaska), watershed for the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. The Seattle EPA office withdrew its 2014 project restrictions a few days later. More than 30 native tribes are dependent on these salmon for their subsistence. If Pebble Mine is allowed to proceed, it’ll have devastating impacts on their lives as well as the salmon and the fishing and tourist industries.

The US House of Representatives attached a ban on Pebble Mine permitting to 2021 spending legislation it passed. Both of our US Senators are opposed to Pebble Mine. Please consider contacting them – thank them for their support and encourage them to do whatever they can before a permit is signed.

“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition and we’ll all stay free” –From the popular WWII song.