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.

SEM advocates are celebrating the EPA’s stoppage in Bristol Bay, Alaska, of the establishment of the proposed Pebble Gold Mine. Their calls and emails helped protect the 300- to 700-year-old-growth forest there along with salmon. However, SEM has virtually no say in limiting the clearcutting of tropical rainforests in Indonesia to make way for oil palm plantations or the harvesting of Brazil’s tropical rainforests to provide increased acreage for raising soybeans and cattle.

Drawdown (Paul Hawken, editor. Penguin Books, 2017) says, “Carbon emissions from deforestation and associated land use change are estimated to be 10-15 percent of the world’s
total… In addition to the loss of aboveground biomass carbon held in trees, significant losses of below ground carbon held in soil can accompany deforestation processes…  Conversion of forest to agricultural fields or pasture has been estimated to result in a 20 to 40 percent decrease in soil carbon.”
It’s devastating in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating our worsening climate crisis.

The release of carbon stored in older trees and the soil is even more pronounced when the trees are burned. And the wildfires in eastern Washington, Oregon, and California have been overwhelming this year. Even California’s beloved, 3,000-year-old giant sequoias are being destroyed. 

Closer to home, a canopy of trees covered 40 percent of Seattle 50 years ago. But a 2007 study found the canopy had shrunk to 18 percent. That’s when the city established a 30 percent goal by 2037. An Urban Forestry Commission was established in 2009 and an interim tree ordinance was adopted. A 2016 study found that the tree canopy had increased to 28 percent of the city. That’s great, but most of the progress is attributable to the mass planting of saplings which will take years to reach maturity. 

In the meantime, Seattle’s older trees continue to be cut-down at an alarming rate as the city puts off the adoption of a permanent and enhanced tree ordinance. The city’s inability to tackle this greenhouse gas emission problem is unacceptable. It’s akin to Emperor Nero’s fiddling while Rome burned.

It also means that residents, especially those in poor– and majority-POC neighborhoods, have limited shade protection from high temperatures. Tree cover reduces heat, while roads, pavement, and rooftops intensify heat. Last summer’s heat waves produced record-breaking temperatures and made it especially miserable and unhealthy (even deadly) for people living in “heat islands.” 

While Seattle dallies, King County adopted a 30-year forest plan, per the Seattle Times article “King County’s 30-year forest plan eyes growth of the canopy with nods towards climate change, timber industry.” 

The state legislature adopted a bill (HB 1168) in April which will significantly beef-up long-term forest health efforts and reduce wildfire dangers. It also adopted a bill (HB 1216) which will provide DNR assistance and funds to maximize the benefits of city trees and urban forests. That bill, in particular, could help jumpstart things in Seattle.

But there’s also an election in November and the message Seattle’s residents should send to their mayoral and city council candidates must be clear and unequivocal – Deal with protecting and expanding Seattle’s urban forest NOW!

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck