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.

Last month’s Church & Home piece focused on a Washington public utility district producing green or renewable hydrogen by 2021—and the use of hydrogen fuel cells in forklifts, delivery vans, semitrucks, and mass transit busses. This month, we take a look at additional ways to move forward in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Transportation accounts for 42% of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions; but hydrogen’s only emission is water vapor – zero GHG.

Hydrogen is usually produced from natural gas. However, green hydrogen can now be created from both solar photovoltaics and electrolysis of water. Electrolysis uses an electric current to separate the oxygen and hydrogen in water (H2O). The current is energy generated from renewable sources (solar grids, wind farms, hydroelectric dams, or tidal energy).

Cars & pickup trucks

Lithium batteries probably have a lock on electric vehicles (EVs). But the mining of one ton of lithium requires 500,000 gallons of water and is often linked to environmental degradation.

California has two motor vehicle emission standards – low-emission vehicles (LEV) and zero emission vehicles (ZEV), which states can adopt instead of the weaker federal standards. Oregon adopted both of them in 2005, and Oregon residents are currently driving 50,000 registered zero emission vehicles.

Washington also adopted California’s LEV standards in 2005. But our legislature didn’t authorize adoption of the ZEV standards until last March when it passed a “clean car standards” bill (SB 5811) with three ZEV options:

  • battery-powered EVs – i.e. Tesla
  • plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) – i.e. Ford Fusion
  • hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) – i.e. Toyota Mirai.

Washington ranked fourth in the country in EV sales in 2019. But our options are limited since automakers choose to prioritize EV sales in the 11 states with ZEV programs. The federal Clean Air Act requires a minimum phase-in period of three model years. When SB 5811 becomes effective in 2022, about 6% of the new cars sold in Washington must be zero emission vehicles.

Our legislature failed to pass another bill (HB 2515) in either house this year. It stipulated that all new cars sold in Washington must be EVs (including FCEVs) starting with model year 2030.

Maritime vessels

Japanese firms are currently constructing a harbor tug with battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell power plus a hydrogen fuel cell tourist boat. A French firm is building a utility vessel with fuel cell-based power and propulsion for pushing barges and floating platforms on the Rhone River.

European Union grants are being used to develop/build a hydrogen-fueled, seagoing car and passenger ferry in Scotland and a 229-passenger, 80-car ferry in Norway. A Norwegian consortium is building a fuel cell powered, passenger cruise ship that will use liquid hydrogen rather than the more commonly used compressed gas.

Washington State Ferries worked with consultants on using FCEV technologies to zero-out its GHG emissions. But the goal was too daunting. Instead, it ordered 16 less polluting ferries. WSF hopes to move toward a fully hybrid-electric (battery-powered) fleet by 2040.

Norway passed a law in 2018 that bans vessels powered by any form of hydrocarbon which produces CO2, exhaust, or other emissions in 2026.

Washington needs a comparable law(s) for both vessels and vehicles.

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck