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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. 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. Weekly services are are available on line after they are 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 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. 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.

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 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.

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.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which Congress approved in August is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% below 2005 levels. It’s the strongest effort in US history to address the climate crisis. And it raises the bar and will encourage states, other counties, and the private sector to do more. It also reduces the federal deficit and prescription drug prices.

Residential energy costs and clean energy production

  • IRA provides rebates for improving access to energy efficient technologies and tax credits for using heat pumps, rooftop solar, high-efficiency electric heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and water heating.
  • It provides funds for the continuation of production and investment tax credits for clean energy manufacturing, including solar and wind power and energy storage.
  • A ‘side deal’ was added to bring up a separate bill in the Senate to tackle permitting reforms to accelerate the approval of energy infrastructure projects. That bill will require 60 votes to pass.

Electric vehicles

  • Tax credits for the purchase of new EVs are extended and created for used EVs in an effort to increase low- and middle-income access.
  • Batteries must meet ‘Made in America’ requirements, and firms have already announced 13 battery plant construction projects which are expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Industrial sector and transportation infrastructures

  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from heavy industry sources (responsible for 30% of US emissions) and injects it into the ground. It also allows natural gas suppliers to sell the CO2 to the oil industry to inject into oil fields and extract additional oil.
  • IRS provides focused incentives for decarbonization as a solution for heavy fossil fuel industries — chemicals and fertilizers, and especially concrete, steel, and asphalt for highways and bridges.

Cleaning up the environment

  • $28 billion is allocated for climate-smart agriculture, forest conservation and tree planting, and the protection and restoration of coastal habitats. Another $4 billion is provided for drought resiliency in western states.
  • A new fee will be levied on the methane released in flared gas, and methane reductions are required in the transporting of natural gas.
  • IRA specifically gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more authority to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases and promote renewable energy.

Senator Joe Manchin compromise

  • IRA mandates lease sales for new gas and oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and Cook Inlet in Alaska. It also requires the US Interior Dept to hold auctions for fossil fuel leases if it plans to approve new wind/solar projects on public lands. Earthjustice intends to vigorously oppose these concessions and SEM will be supporting its advocacy efforts.

Sadly, no Republicans in Congress voted for IRA. Youth activists (Sunrise, NextGen America) view it as only a first step. They want less talk and more action to actually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.

WA Senator Joe Fitzgibbon (D; West Seattle) says, “The [IRA] is almost all carrots. It’s great for us in Washington because we already have the sticks in place.”

People who want additional information can click on these enlightening and encouraging links:

https://www.edf.org/article/8-ways-inflation-reduction-act-can-save-you-money

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/christina-theodoridi/new-climate-bill-gme-changer-us-heavy-industry

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck