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.

This summer’s record-breaking temperatures and the smoke from fires burning our scorched forests underscore the reality of climate “change.” It’s imperative that we:

1) stop the fires and deforestation practices which release into the atmosphere the carbon stored in trees, and

2) curb our use of fossil fuels for transportation and heating/cooling our homes. The greenhouse gas emissions being emitted accelerate today’s climate crisis and have a disproportionate impact on the health and well-being of marginalized communities.

It was three years ago that people at UCUCC signed a petition and wrote letters to the governor, King County executive, and Dept of Ecology director opposing the proposed re-opening of the John Henry Coal Mine in Black Diamond. Now champagne bottles are popping with Puget Soundkeeper’s announcement that mine officials have committed in a federal court decree to permanently close Washington’s last coal mine. Additionally, the US Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal halting the building of a coal export terminal in Longview and the firms behind the proposed fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama and Keystone XL pipeline have announced the permanent stoppage of those projects.

It was also a great legislative session in terms of combatting greenhouse gas emissions and the climate crisis with the passage of 8 of SEM’s 13 priority bills.

  • Senator Rebecca Saldana’s Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act addresses the environmental impacts of emissions and the climate crisis on poor and minority communities.
  • Representative Larry Springer’s Forest Health & Reduction of Wildfire Dangers bill expands wildfire response and forest restoration.
  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon’s bill to establish a clean fuels program will reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels to 20% below 2017 levels by 2035.
  • Senator Reuven Carlyle’s cap & trade bill establishes a declining cap on the GHG emissions of Washington’s 100 largest emitters. They have options to trade (buy or sell) allowances to emit more or save money by cutting emissions faster. Overall, emissions must be reduced annually and 2050 emissions must be 95% lower than 1990 emissions.
  • Another Joe Fitzgibbon bill requires Ecology to strengthen its regulations for hydrofluorocarbons in air conditioners and reduce refrigerant emissions – they’re over a hundred times worse than carbon dioxide vehicle emissions.
  • Our goal, of course, is zero emissions. Manufacturers are shifting to electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and infrastructure funding being contemplated in the other Washington will likely support the installation of electric charging stations across the country.
  • A bill sponsored by Representative Alex Ramel (Bellingham) facilitates the planning and deployment of a zero emissions EV transportation infrastructure across Washington and requires
    state building codes to support plug-ins for zero emission vehicles.
  • Senator Brad Hawkins (Wenatchee) sponsored a bill to temporarily exempt hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from Washington’s sales and use taxes.
  • Plastics are hydrocarbons made from petroleum, and Senator Mona Das’ Recycling & Plastic
    Pollution bill: 1) implements minimum recycled content requirements for plastic beverage containers, 2) prohibits the use of most Styrofoam items, and 3) provides that plastic-encased condiments and utensils can be provided only if customers request them.

So yes, progress is being made in combating the climate crisis. Cheers! But we have a long, long way to go. If you want to be added to SEM’s advocacy list
and help attain additional victories, email to reach the church office or Lon Dickerson (in the church directory).

~The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck